Climbing Red Milkweed Vine
Climbing Red Milkweed Vine boasts rich maroon flowers upon a strong woody vine. This cultivar used to be a common find in old fields across the American Midwest hence the long forgotten common name Oldfield milk-vine. Just like the butterflies it hosts, urbanization and use of chemical weed killers and pesticides has reduced it's natural habitat and now it is a scarce find. Also rare in deliberate cultivation, this milkweed vine would be a wonderful addition to any butterfly garden or wildscape. It prefers part sun to shade and will ramble about if not provided with a clear trellis / fence / pergola. Please avoid the use of chemical pesticides as it may harm the plant the caterpillars or both.
Plant Class: Perennial
Packet ~ 10 seeds
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For best results, a 2+ week cool stratification (in fridge not freezer) will coax these sporadic sprouters into action. Place seeds on a paper towel moistened with purified water. Fold the towel over completely covering the seeds then place in a baggie and put in the fridge. Check every 3rd day to make sure mold has not started to grow. If it has prepare another paper towel and transfer the seeds to it placing the paper towel in a NEW baggie and back in the fridge. After stratification, sow indoors in pots fill with seed starter mix 1/8" deep(flat). Water well and place in a warm place with indirect light. Seedlings will emerge in 10-42 days. Keep moist. Gradually accustom young plants to outside conditions (avoid frosts), before planting out into well-drained soil, March-May, 30cm (12") apart. Or, sow outdoors for ease, April-May, where they are to flower, 1.5cm (½") deep, directly into finely-prepared, well-drained soil, which has already been watered. Sow 2 seeds together, every 30cm (12"). Remove weaker seedling, which can then be transplanted. Seeds sown in autumn generally flower earlier the following year. Flowers: May to October.
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