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Milkweed Pods

joesoup

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Update on GA Milkweed.

First off, I got some of @Allegheny Tom pods for a cause and that stuff is mesmerizing. I could play with it all day.

So...the other day I was scouting in Cen. GA on Cedar Creek WMA and came across what I first thought was a bird kill. I bent down and realized I was looking at milkweed seed/feathers. Imagine my excitement! I looked and compared to what Tom sent me and the seeds are very different. The GA seeds are jagged around the edges and larger. The fluff is also about 1.5x larger and floats better in my opinion.

I dug around and this is what I think I found, Asclepias Humistrata. It is native to GA and appears to be finicky. I harvested some seeds and I'm going to try my darndest to get is started in my raised beds at the house. We'll see. I'm excited to see it local to GA, native and thriving in my most favorite haunt in my area.

Happy Hunting Friends!!

https://www.growmilkweedplants.com/humistrata.html
 

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Speaking of milkweed, this past season was my first using it. I got a bunch from someone on here but I left most of it in the plastic bag he sent it in. I just found it a couple of days ago and it appears there was moisture in the bag and it looks molded. I opened the bag to let it dry out completely. Is it still usable once it dries out completely?
 

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Speaking of milkweed, this past season was my first using it. I got a bunch from someone on here but I left most of it in the plastic bag he sent it in. I just found it a couple of days ago and it appears there was moisture in the bag and it looks molded. I opened the bag to let it dry out completely. Is it still usable once it dries out completely?
Does each floater completely expand? If they do, then they will do the job.
When pods mold in a bag, that means they were not properly dried out before storage. Yours may work but my guess is they are not prime. Under very light wind speed, there is a noticable difference in prime floaters versus ones that were picked too early or weren't properly dried.
 

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I'm guessing cottonwood tree seeds would work just as good as milkweed but they would have to be kept dry over summer for those of us that have them. But then again where there are cottonwoods, there's probably milkweed.
 

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Does each floater completely expand? If they do, then they will do the job.
When pods mold in a bag, that means they were not properly dried out before storage. Yours may work but my guess is they are not prime. Under very light wind speed, there is a noticable difference in prime floaters versus ones that were picked too early or weren't properly dried.
Thanks, I'll wait and see what they are like once they dry out
 

Allegheny Tom

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I'm guessing cottonwood tree seeds would work just as good as milkweed but they would have to be kept dry over summer for those of us that have them. But then again where there are cottonwoods, there's probably milkweed.
The thing about milkweed floaters is the physical size of the floater. The milkweed that grows around here has floaters that are almost 2" across for the best ones. Under some lighting conditions, they can sometimes be seen at almost 100 yards.
Is there any other floater of that size which still performs and floats as well as milkweed?

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SecretAgentMan

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Milkweed isn't too hard to find in the south. Common and butterfly. I've also used broomsedge seed. (i.e. what we call sagegrass in Arkansas). It's light and flies well. And, it's abundant. You can't see it 100 yards out, though, I wouldn't say.
 

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Cat tails are a mess but they work. They seem to get every where and you can’t get it off you haha
 

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Thanks, I'll wait and see what they are like once they dry out
If it doesn't dry out and work for you I'll get more for you this fall. I can usually pick it green in mid Sept. Let me know if the mold effects it. I usually just leave the stuff on a shelf in the garage in a small box.
 

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If it doesn't dry out and work for you I'll get more for you this fall. I can usually pick it green in mid Sept. Let me know if the mold effects it. I usually just leave the stuff on a shelf in the garage in a small box.
Thanks. Rookie mistake on my part!
 
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