So while I had 17-20 Monarch caterpillars on my plants, they were almost all plucked off by the birds! To answer your question about where I purchase my Asclepias plants… Have you heard of Zone 9 Tropicals, in Houston? Two questions: When should I look for eggs since the plants go strong year-round? I didn’t plant any this summer but have a nice patch of them growing again this summer in the same place they grew last year. Phone: (803) 374-2591, He has made everything beautiful in its time... Ecclesiastes 3:11, © 2014 Joyful Butterfly | Website Designed by, Purple Milkweed Seeds 20+ (Asclepias purpurascens) US Native Seeds, Please click here to see the complete growing conditions and details of Balloon Plant Milkweed plants in our full description under Gomphocarpus physocarpus seeds…, How to Cold Stratify Seeds for Your Butterfly Garden. Only logged in customers who have purchased this product may leave a review. Full sun to part shade. Little did I know that he would be handing me three seed pods the size of small oranges. Had to go to the ER. Any help is appreciated. If some of the pods are “close” to developing right before your first frost, take a long cutting and put it in a vase. Today it popped open emitting the seeds. They are in moist potting soil in half a milk carton, under 220W of fluorescent lights and wrapped in saran wrap so they don’t dry out. SKU: balloonmilkweedplant Categories: Butterfly Host Plants, Butterfly Nectar Plants, Milkweed Plants, Milkweed Plants and Seeds. I bought several plants of this species last year, 2013, and enjoyed growing it. Hi Craig, click on the resource links at the bottom of the page. Hi Susan, if you’re in a northern region, your plants will not seed this season. If they did, it didn’t give you much of a head start. They’re also frequent visitors to our swamp and tropical milkweed plants. They were less than half an inch across when the plant came indoors, but they are more than an inch in diameter now. Once the seedlings reach 1", thin out so you have individual plants spaced 36” apart. I have a dozen or so plants in 4.5″ geranium pots, and a few in 6″ pots, and a few still in little Dixie cups that I’m moving up to bigger pots today. I started some in our porch last spring and was successful (I’m in Minnesota) You can see the results of G. fruticosus, but this also worked for the balloon plant: Starting G. fruticosus seeds in a wet coffee filter. I thought I’d give it awhile and see what would happen. Asclepias is a genus of herbaceous, perennial, flowering plants known as milkweeds, named for their latex, a milky substance containing cardiac glycosides termed cardenolides, exuded where cells are damaged. It grows 4-6 feet tall and bears white flowers with purple markings. If you want the G. physocarpus seeds to germinate faster, soak them in water for 24 hours before planting. Gomphocarpus cancellatus is becoming a more commonly grown species in my area. I live in Vallejo , just east of san Francisco . I have over 20 of them growing in my yard. Hi Derek, aphids are the bane of butterfly gardeners across the country, so I’ve compiled a list over the past few years on how to combat them. I’ve been using cuttings for raising caterpillars indoors, but I haven’t been finding eggs and caterpillars on the plants in the garden, except for one caterpillar. Hi Kae, this often has to do with water…too little or not enough. by susan.mahr. This particular specie has showy flowers, is easy to grow, and has spread to natural areas and open pastures in Florida. The butterflies loved it, looked great in floral arrangements and I had a lot of fun with the name. I have used probably 500 ladybugs and about 100 lacewings and they hardly dented the problem. If pesticides weren’t used, you could always try raising a few indoors on stem cuttings after thoroughly rinsing the milkweed…good luck! I was able to find the hairy balls milkweed at a local native nursery last summer and it did really well in my garden. By the way – they call G. physocarpus Bishop’s Balls in the UK and you can buy seeds and plants there. What is the “season” for the pods? I would leave them outside to develop until just before your first frost. You can sow yours directly in Florida…, 3 Big Advantages of Winter Sown Milkweed + Winter Sowing Container ideas. I had over a dozen eggs laid on it! I have had about a half dozen clippings, & I have only managed to get 1 more to root. That’s good to hear. It is poisonous to stock and humans and the sap is a skin irritant, I’ve been hand-pulling plants this morning and now my hands tingle and eyes burn (hence my research!). Maybe the trees are not dead and we just need to trim them all the way back to the trunk? I have never seen such an interesting seed pod before. I have never seen a monarch take nectar from either species so surprised by your report! Do I need to add, or avoid, any Miracle Grow type products? Hi Sunila, while it does make an interesting showpiece in the garden, or cut for a vase, our main use for it is to attract monarch butterflies to lay their eggs on it. Hi CorryAnne, they are only cold hardy to zone 8, but are fast growing annuals…, Thanks for your reply Tony! I have purchased from there, as well as Nelson’s Water Gardens, in Katy, TX. Their customer service is great, and they have a good selection of Milkweed,too! Eucalyptus deglupta, also Called Rainbow Eucalyptus, in Sunken Gardens in St. Petersburg, Fla. Today, visitors can meander through the lush grounds and admire botanicals like Cuban Petticoat Palm, Buddha Belly Bamboo, and Balloon Milkweed. Hi Mary, we don’t get many eggs on physocarpus, but have found more on G. fruticosus. There are hundreds of milkweed varieties, but only a few are sustainable in Florida. I love in illinois and I’m hoping to save the seeds to plant next year. butterflies lay their eggs on), and that is milkweed. And, because I cut my plants down in the fall, I had healthy, full plants for the spring migration! Just wondering about setting a few out in the flower beds since its a hot day. Hi! I like slow release because you don’t have to keep applying it: I stumbled across this article whilst researching weeds that grow on my property in northern New South Wales, Australia. Hi Kathy…soak seeds in water 24 hours before planting, no cold stratification necessary. It produces clusters of 1/2" wide cream to white star shaped flowers with a purplish 'eye' and the flowers attract butterflies along … nature note: Though the mud daubers look ominous, they have never shown aggression in our garden. So far it’s working pretty well. Balloon Milkweed. Hi Rhonda, if you just purchased the plants, they might have been treated with pesticides or they could have OE spores or bacteria that are making the caterpillars sick. The plants grew approx. Do I now just remove plants from garden as I assume neither plant will come back next year. moisture: Medium to DRY soil. bloom: Late summer white flowers. Butterfly weed, Asclepias tuberosa, is one of the most available and popular native species of milkweed. The gomphocarpus and other exotic milkweeds do not have this effect. trim height as well. good luck! I’m also adding showy,whorled, and common milkweed to the butterfly, tropical, and swamp milkweed I already have. However, it grows throughout the United States, so be sure to specify Florida native ecotype from a Florida grower. I bought one of the “Goose plants” (it was labeled “Family Jewels”) thru mail order last October, & I immediately planted it outside. They are waiting to feed Monarch caterpillars! (I have been covering my plant during the “freezes” so that it will be ready for spring migration!). Most people are used to seeing the bright orange flowers of the, non-native, scarlet milkweed ( Asclepias curassavica) and don’t realize that Florida is home to twenty one native milkweeds. Is this the normal lifespan—tree dies after “ballooning”? If so are they a good companion with the Scarlett? I am in zone 9B or 10A, depends on what chart you look at. Hi, I am in North Carolina, Zone 7b. Just remove and discard those leaves and adjust your watering habits to see if that makes a difference. But I was able to cut the stems and have had them in water inside and now the pods are finally opening. Monarch’s plight. Just bought from local farmers stand . Hi Linda, please check out the zone info on the page to see if it is winter hardy in your region. Now I’m reading how sensitive to cooler climates it is. We do have lots of common milkweed, and that’s where almost all the eggs have been so far. The first cutting rooted quickly (I passed it on), but after that, rooting them wasn’t so easy. I really want to have a few of these plant this coming season. Maybe it was was an allergic reaction? It is a native milkweed of South Africa and in 2001 its name w… I didn’t buy it again this year as it is not available locally. It is very important to cut the plants down so that they can restart & be fresh, but you don’t have to wait until the spring! $ 7.95. I bought a plant last year , $9.95 in a 6 inch pot and about 4 1/2 feet tall .. it had 9 well developed balls . Most all of them are 6+ feet tall and filled with large maturing seed pods. Purchase Balloon Milkweed Plants or Seeds from Joyful Butterfly, 2. Balloon Milkweed is a vigorous heat and sun loving tropical African shrub that is grown as a dieback perennial except in areas with mild winter climates. Here are some ideas that can yield instant results: How to stop Aphids from taking over Milkweed, Hi, I live in Los Angeles and my neighbors milkweed, hairy balls, are starting to seed. How do I avoid the fluff blowing all around in my condo if they pop? What about bottled spring water? Hi Susan, the gomphocarpus varieties and tropical milkweed have higher cardenolide levels than any of the native milkweeds. Thanks a lot. I am in Florida, so they have been outside most of the time, aside from a couple when I brought all my plants in in to let the potted tropical mw grow back and to keep butterflies from laying eggs on and eating my seedlings. In most regions of the US physocarpus is an annual. It is also called balloon plant and when picked green the inflated seed pods dry well. Good luck with your plants! Keep the soil evenly moist until the seeds germinate in 10 - 20 days. The seeds were a lot smaller than native milkweeds, so I didn’t want to pre-germinate them in wet toilet paper. Caterpillars stripped my tall tree that I bought, then it died from lack of water–(I had a baby and no one tended the plants for a few days). Milkweed (host) Giant Milkweed (host) White Balloon Plant Milkweed (host) Passion Flower (host)Coontie (host) Dill (host)Parsley (host) Common Rue/Ruda (host) Dutchman Pipevine (host) Cestrum (host) Plants That Attract Hummingbirds I live in Maryland in Zone 7. It likes full sun to partial shade and average water. Can anyone give any suggestions on what to do or what I am doing wrong? They produce balloon like seed pods that are covered in soft bristles that reach about 2 inches in diameter. Thanks for any help. Hi Craig, thanks for posting. I have got a balloon milkweed, but I don’t know what the benefits of this plant are and what it’s used for? Very great information you have here as always. Maybe next year? Hi Carrie, I would look for eggs in your region from the time you see the first monarch in spring until about mid-October. Very interesting plant- now a monarch hatchery, use cuttings to allow them munch, pulpate, transition into monarchs. they would still grow even with the paper towel on the roots but I get that problem too. (Gomphocarpus physocarpus or Asclepias physocarpa) Quick Info: Monarch Butterfly host plant (perennial, quick growing annual in colder areas) Add to Wishlist. I do have more appreciation for my eyesight, though, & I will be a lot more careful any time I handle Milkweed… and I warn everyone I share the plants with, to do the same! It produces clusters of 1/2" wide cream to white star shaped flowers with a purplish 'eye' and the flowers attract butterflies along … Everyone is curious about this interesting plant and have asked for seeds, which I will gladly share as it is a wonderful way to increase awareness of the. Wondered if I should pinch young seedlings to promote branching. It came in a 4″ pot and is about the same height. Hi Bob, they grow well here but it’s best to get an early start so they have time to seed. All of the stems are still green and alive months later, but no leaves. Thanks for the tip on pruning late spring for a bushier plant as I did have to tie it up a couple of times! Are they gonna ripen any time soon? I’m sure it won’t bloom this year- we’re mid-way through summer, but my concern is will it have enough time to grow a strong enough root system before frost comes (December.) You’ll have an interesting centerpiece and the seeds should ripen to maturity. I’ll try trimming it and see what comes back. (The swarms of monarchs I had a few months ago seem to be gone for now. My big question is, will the physocarpa do OK here? I found a several dozen eggs on my Gomphocarpus physocarpus this year. They are cold hardy to zone 8 so if you’re in a zone 8 or above, it should hopefully come back next season, but I would ask someone who grows this in your region. ** Typically blooms 3rd year I use buckets, flower pots, even trash cans to cover plants, & I always remove the covers after the freeze threat passes!) Whorled Milkweed. And now, I am warning you, as well as any one that should read this, to do the same! You could overwinter the plant indoors though: How well do G Physocarpus do in the garden in our short but very-long-day Minnesota summers? hi Debra, I’ve brought in stalks with pods to develop the seeds more and can confirm they would make a great flower arrangement. I am saving some seeds from the milkweed. I too live in Houston. Since I am reading the cats prefer Oscar’s over giant, I am interested in this one – but can it carry OE? If possible, it’s always best to have a healthy supply of milkweed (home grown) before raising monarchs. They must be growing from last summer’s roots? I, too, am very aware of it, & I will cut off a branch(es) from my Milkweed, if I don’t think it looks healthy, any time of the year! I’m sure if you try rooting some in late summer you’ll have better results. Virus carried by infected Monarchs. Help!…please. Should I start them indoors too and overwinter them inside or can I plant them directly in the ground? It has attracted a lot of pollinators including the Monarch and several other butterfly species, bees, wasps, hummingbird moth and hummingbirds. Soak seeds in water 24 hours before planting, Can sustain lots of munching monarch caterpillars late season, Long stems with pods make amazing table centerpiece, Last viable milkweed species before fall takes over, Colder hardiness zones must start seeds indoors for hopes of a seed harvest, or, Flowers aren’t super showy, but still pretty, Fewer pollinators use this than native milkweeds, Start seeds indoors 1-2 months before avg last frost, Seeds germinate in less than one week with heat and moisture, Grow this as a back border so it doesn’t shade your other butterfly plants, Staking may be required if not cut back in perennial zones, Don’t force open seed pods…they will start to open when they are ready. Or would I have to bring it in to overwinter? If you have noticed other pollinators on the goose plant, please leave a comment below. I purchased a hairyball milkweed and how its seed pods are starting to open. I will start checking them in a day or two so I can remove the saran wrap. Do the need light to germinate or should they be covered. 1st ones opened , and blew in the wind before I realized it .,After i just left it alone , in the same pot , did nothing . I tried to open one and found a green pod inside. I wondered if any seedlings would come up as the seeds in the cotton like fluff blew all over the neighbor. Hi Sharon, I would find another gardener/nursery with first hand growing experience in your region to see what has worked well for them. SE PA USA. I would guess it would be fine to take cuttings to start new plants, but again, it’s hard to say without having all the details. Hi Paul, I’m not sure about the growth cycle in warm regions on the US. The Balloon Milkweed (Gomphocarpus physocarpus) is an unusual perennial for Florida butterfly gardens. Good luck with your plants! Nice fine DeeDee! Farmer said they spread by seed for her. 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