Milkweed seed harvest and planting ’15

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    Forest Grove, Oregon
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The Problem

As a group, we have learned that the Monarch Butterfly is dependent on the milkweed plant in its lifecycle. The West Coast population use to fly over our area, but people destroyed all the milkweed and the migration into Canada stopped. Monarch Butterflies are rarely seen now. Years ago, we planted the native milkweed (Showy Milkweed) plants in our wildflower garden. This Fall we harvested seed pods full of seeds. This Spring we collected and planted seeds which we hope will grow into healthy plants to place in our area, hopefully helping the Monarch Butterfly return.

Our Plan

At our first meeting of the year (Sept. 2014) we harvested many seed pods. We removed the seeds from the pods and planted them into seed trays this Spring. If all goes well, we will have healthy plants to plant in the ground this Fall.

Themes Addressed

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    Community Enhancement
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