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Asclepias incarnata 'Ice Ballet' Plant Care Reminders

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General Information

  • Instruction By Rhonda Hayes
    Notes Swamp milkweed, Asclepias incarnate, "Ice Ballet" is a resilient, adaptable native plant for perennial gardens, butterfly gardens and rain gardens. This milkweed prefers medium to wet soils. It grows from 3-4 feet tall in part to full sun. The beautiful white flower clusters appear in June to July and continue until early fall. Swamp milkweed is a valuable larval plant host for the Monarch butterfly.
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Plant Care Instruction

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    February
    1. Sow Seeds

    To start by seed requires pre-chilling. Refrigerate for 3 weeks prior to sowing. Barely cover with soil.
    March
    1. Buy

    Container grown Swamp Milkweed becomes available when garden center perennial stock appears.
    2. Plant

    Swamp milkweed can be planted when a light frost is expected, and then through spring to early summer.
    April
    1. Prune

    For bushier plants, pinch tips of stems.
    May
    1. Fertilize

    Swamp milkweed requires little fertilizer, if any.
    June
    1. Mulch

    Mulch during these months to help to conserve soil moisture that swamp milkweed prefers.
    2. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Watch out for aphids. Otherwise swamp milkweed is relatively pest-free.
    July
    1. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Direct a strong hose spray towards aphids. You may want to use soapy water or horticultural soap is problem persists.
    2. Propagate

    Division is not recommended due to delicate tap root.
    August
    1. Transplant

    Transplanting is not recommended due to the delicate tap root.
    2. Special requirements

    Swamp milkweed can proliferate by seed, remove seed heads to avoid re-seeding problems.
  • Buy

    When's the best time to buy this plant? When can you buy these from seed (if you can)? When is it usually available? What are things to look for when you're buying it? Or anything other tidbit of information you can share!

    March

    Container grown Swamp Milkweed becomes available when garden center perennial stock appears.

    Plant

    When's a good time to plant this plant or bulb? Any special planting instructions?

    March

    Swamp milkweed can be planted when a light frost is expected, and then through spring to early summer.

    Sow Seeds

    When can you plant these seeds? When's the best time? Can you start them indoors and move them out? Do they have any special requirements?

    February

    To start by seed requires pre-chilling. Refrigerate for 3 weeks prior to sowing. Barely cover with soil.

    Fertilize

    When should you fertilize this plant? Which kind of fertilizer do you recommend? Should you use different fertilizers at different times of year?

    May

    Swamp milkweed requires little fertilizer, if any.

    Prune

    When's a good time to prune this plant? How about deadheading, pinching back, trimming or any other grooming? Any special requirements?

    April

    For bushier plants, pinch tips of stems.

    Mulch

    Does this plant need to be mulched? Are there specific types of Mulch which are better for this plant? How much?

    June

    Mulch during these months to help to conserve soil moisture that swamp milkweed prefers.

    Pest/Disease Inspection

    What are the common problems this plant will face and when should you look for them to appear?

    June

    Watch out for aphids. Otherwise swamp milkweed is relatively pest-free.

    Treat for Pest/Disease

    How do you treat the common problems for this plant? What products or concoctions or natural means do you use? Any special requirements?

    July

    Direct a strong hose spray towards aphids. You may want to use soapy water or horticultural soap is problem persists.

    Transplant

    When's the best time to dig up and transplant this from one spot to another? (This is different than planting). Any special requirements?

    August

    Transplanting is not recommended due to the delicate tap root.

    Propagate

    When's a good time to divide, take cuttings, layer or propagate this plant. Any special requirements?

    July

    Division is not recommended due to delicate tap root.

    Special requirements

    Any other requirement for this plant? Is there anything that doesn't fit into the other care categories?

    August

    Swamp milkweed can proliferate by seed, remove seed heads to avoid re-seeding problems.

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