Five steps to harvest milkweed seeds this fall
Fall is right around the corner, so it’s time to think about the steps for harvesting milkweed seed.
Milkweed is the essential plant for the monarch butterfly life cycle and the sole food source for the monarch caterpillar. It has become less common over the years, primarily due to habitat loss. As abundant fields and meadows have turned into parking lots and developments, the places where milkweed grew naturally has disappeared, leading to the decrease in the monarch butterfly population.
Following these steps to harvest milkweed seeds is a great way to give monarch caterpillars more of the only food source they so desperately need. Follow the simple steps below, and you will have plenty of milkweed seeds for spring.
With your help, monarch butterflies will have more milkweed plants to lay their eggs in the coming years. To get more information about milkweed and monarch butterflies, visit MonarchChallenge.com.
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