Our goal is to collect 8+ pounds of milkweed seed -- that means we will need 2,300-2,500 pods worth of seed by the end of 2022.
Due to the current drought, many plants are experiencing an 'early fall' so this is a great time to start scouting for seed pods forming on milkweed plants. The pods are ready to collect when they begin to turn a dry golden color and start to split open. This will likely start to happen mid-to-late August and continue throughout the fall.
Easy to follow collection steps:
- Collect clean, mature pods (starting to dry and split) from native wild plants.
- Seed must be separated and labeled based on species type and collection site.
- Paper bags work well.
- Please dry the pods.
- If you are able, please also clean the "fluff" from the seeds - gently pull or shake seeds free.
Contact Amy Kilgore, Great River Greening's Outreach Program Manager, at email@example.com or call 651.272.3989.
Learn more about Great River Greening at greatrivergreening.org.
Thank you to our funders and partners: The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) - Monarch Butterfly and Pollinators Conservation. Training material provided by the Xerses Society and Monarch Joint Venture.