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Milkweed as of now

Unread postby Elite » Mon Aug 12, 2019 1:51 pm

I was out shooting the bow tonight and decided to check multiple milkweeds. None of them had pods, which begs the question, what should the pods look like right now and when should I pick them?


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Re: Milkweed as of now

Unread postby Huntress13 » Tue Aug 13, 2019 4:27 am

Mine have about 1-2" green pods. Except the immature plants don't have any. I suppose it depends where in the country you are, and what your weather conditions have been like? For example, was there flooding that delayed growth?
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Re: Milkweed as of now

Unread postby Hawthorne » Tue Aug 13, 2019 4:32 am

They seem late this year in my area but there are more of them.
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Re: Milkweed as of now

Unread postby Elite » Tue Aug 13, 2019 5:14 am

I'm in northern Wisconsin. Checked another spot loaded with milkweed plants, even mature ones, with no visible pods...
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Re: Milkweed as of now

Unread postby DhD » Tue Aug 13, 2019 5:16 am

Lots of pods in my area, but really green yet. Gonna give them a bit before picking.
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Re: Milkweed as of now

Unread postby Cchez » Tue Aug 13, 2019 8:58 am

in a pinch, i've found that the dander from those tall picker plants or thistles (whatever you call them) work well for checking the wind. That stuff is everywhere right now.
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Re: Milkweed as of now

Unread postby Elite » Tue Aug 13, 2019 10:20 am

Cchez wrote:in a pinch, i've found that the dander from those tall picker plants or thistles (whatever you call them) work well for checking the wind. That stuff is everywhere right now.


I did pull a pod from a thistle. Just hoping I'll find milkweed...
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Re: Milkweed as of now

Unread postby Elite » Tue Aug 13, 2019 12:50 pm

Anyone know when the pods open up and start germinating in the midwest?
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Re: Milkweed as of now

Unread postby Evanszach7 » Tue Aug 13, 2019 1:25 pm

Elite wrote:Anyone know when the pods open up and start germinating in the midwest?


Think I saw them start openimg on their own and germinatimg in Ohio and Ky last year in September. I usually pick them around now in Ohio.
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Re: Milkweed as of now

Unread postby headgear » Tue Aug 13, 2019 1:28 pm

Might be a touch early or you found a lot of plants that aren't ready to produce them, sometimes just the biggest one make pods by me but I am pretty far north. I usually hit them up first week of Sept.
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Re: Milkweed as of now

Unread postby hambone » Tue Aug 13, 2019 2:50 pm

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Hopefully this pic came through. This is what the pods should be looking like in my area of NE Missouri. IF you can find em. They are scarce this year around here. If you can locate some, you can cut a slit in them now and let them dry or wait another couple weeks, while letting them mature on the plant.
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Re: Milkweed as of now

Unread postby Wetfoot » Wed Aug 14, 2019 8:18 am

In the Upper Peninsula they typically open up about the last week of September. I usually pick a bunch Mid September, open them up, strip the seeds and throw a rubber band around the pod. (It's great that they come in their own handy dispenser.) Once they're completely dry, they can be put in a plastic bag and kept in my truck, for use as needed. 8-)


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