Seeds - Milkweed, Silky Red OG (SGH)


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Description: This milkweed is commonly known as 'tropical milkweed' or 'bloodflower'. On the prairies, it is grown as an annual. It boasts slender leaves and red flowers with bright centres. monarch host plant. 

Pack Size: 25 seeds

Latin Name: Asclepias curassavica
Alternative Names: Tropical Milkweed, Bloodflower
Main Uses: Ornamental, naturescape

Zone Hardiness: Zone 8
Exposure: Full sun
Height: 90 cm (36 inches)
Flower Colour: Red and yellow
Flowering Time: July to August

Germination: 7 - 10 days at 21ºC.
Indoors: 1 - 2 seeds per plug, 6 - 8 weeks before average last frost date
Planting out: Plant in loose, fertile soil once all chance of frost has passed.
Direct Seeding: Not recommended in northern climates
Planting depth: 1/4 "
Spacing: Space transplants 45 cm (18") apart

Growing in Containers: Grows very well in larger containers and raised beds, although winter hardiness may be impacted.

Growing in Mixed Planters: Well suited to larger mixed planters.

Fertilizing (Containers): Plant in a quality, well-draining organic-based potting mix. Feed regularly with organic fertilizer. An organic bloom-booster fertilizer at first onset of buds will encourage larger blooms and more abundant flowering.

Watering (Containers): Water containers deeply when the top inch feels dry to the touch. Monitor pots every day or two during very hot weather.

Fertilizing (Garden): Plant in average garden soil, amended with compost on an annual basis. No additional fertilizing is required. 

Watering (Garden): Water deeply to establish. Water mature plants weekly during hot weather.

Beneficials Attracted to this Plant: Many butterflies, as well as bees, feed on the nectar of milkweed. Milkweed is famous for being the only plant on which Monarch butterflies lay their eggs, and many gardeners plant diverse milkweed species to encourage and support Monarchs. 

Notes: Deadhead flowers to promote tidy re-blooming. 

Suitability for Indoors: Not suited for indoors.

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