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50 Milkweed Seeds

Original price was: $ 9.99.Current price is: $ 0.00.

To fulfill our initiative goals, we provide these seeds for free, only requesting that you cover the shipping costs. This program relies on contributions, and your generosity enables us to consistently offer these invaluable seeds to the public. Kindly contribute generously to support our cause!

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Each package includes approximately 50 common Milkweed Seeds (Asclepias Syriaca). Milkweed is the only source of food and sustenance for monarch caterpillars. By planting these seeds, you will attract butterflies to your garden! You will also be providing a rest stop and nectar for butterflies. This is the only plant monarch butterflies will lay their eggs on so it is imperative we all plant as much as possible.

All seeds have been processed through cold stratification and are ready to be planted. See our Online Blog for the Planting Instructions for Milkweed Seeds. We also have our Online Blog and FAQ page for more detailed information.

In the interest of meeting our initiative goals, we offer these seeds for free, we only ask that you cover the cost of shipping. This program is donor-supported, and through your contributions, we can continue to make these invaluable seeds available to the public. Please donate generously!

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

For additional information, please visit our FAQ and blog for detailed information. If there is something you’d like to add, please let us know at info@monarchbutterflies.ca and we’ll be sure to add it.  We encourage you to use the option of tracking with your order, as all orders selected and processed with regular cannot be tracked once they are sent out with regular mail.

SHIPPING TIME

The upcoming shipping dates for 2024 are available starting in May and continue through June, July, August, September, and October. Orders placed will be shipped during the earliest month when the seeds become available. All shipments are made through Canada Post and shipped to the address provided, however, they may choose, at their discretion, to leave your package at your front door, a side door, with a concierge, at a safe drop location, in a community mailbox, or tag it for pickup at your local post office. Although we wish they can hand deliver every package, it is out of our control. Please ensure you provide the most accurate postal address and any special instructions if needed.

In the past, we’ve used other courier and delivery services, and our experience has been that Canada Post takes the most care when handling our packages. After years of service, we developed a relationship with Canada Post as they are aware of the contents of our packages and use special handling with every delivery.

Standard shipping does not come with a tracking number but can be included for an extra fee. Without this addition, your order will be dispatched without tracking based on your chosen option. If you have added a tracking number for your order, your package will be shipped with Expedited, XpressPost or Priority shipping and standard $100 postal insurance. If you choose unregistered mail, we cannot track the order and confirm it’s arrival or delay, therefore we strongly recommend selecting the tracking option.

Postal insurance is included on all orders and any claims for damage or lost packages should be made to Canada Post. For full details on Canada Posts delivery terms and conditions, please visit www.canadapost-postescanada.ca

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What are the benefits of planting milkweed?

Planting milkweed offers numerous benefits, particularly for the environment and wildlife, especially for monarch butterflies. Here are some of the key advantages of planting milkweed:

  1. Monarch Butterfly Conservation: Monarch butterflies rely on milkweed plants for their reproduction and survival. Milkweed is the sole food source for monarch caterpillars, and planting it provides essential habitat and sustenance for these beautiful insects during their life cycle.
  2. Biodiversity Support: Milkweed is a native plant that attracts a variety of pollinators, such as bees, butterflies, and other insects. By planting milkweed, you contribute to the overall biodiversity and health of local ecosystems.
  3. Habitat Restoration: As urbanization and agricultural expansion increase, natural habitats for wildlife, including monarch butterflies, are diminished. Planting milkweed helps restore critical habitat and promotes the well-being of these species.
  4. Soil Health Improvement: Milkweed plants have deep root systems that help stabilize soil, reduce erosion, and improve soil health. They are beneficial for areas with degraded soil or disturbed landscapes.
  5. Carbon Sequestration: Like many plants, milkweed absorbs carbon dioxide from the atmosphere during photosynthesis, playing a role in mitigating climate change by sequestering carbon.
  6. Low Maintenance: Once established, milkweed is relatively low maintenance and can thrive in a variety of soil conditions. It’s well-adapted to local climates, making it a resilient addition to your garden.
  7. Attractive Landscaping: Milkweed produces beautiful and colorful flowers that add aesthetic value to your garden or landscape. Its vibrant blooms attract pollinators and create a lively and visually appealing environment.
  8. Educational Opportunities: Planting milkweed presents an opportunity to educate yourself, your family, and your community about the importance of native plants, pollinators, and conservation efforts.
  9. Personal Satisfaction: By planting milkweed, you actively contribute to conservation efforts, supporting wildlife, and making a positive impact on the environment. This can be personally rewarding and fulfilling.
Do you offer orders for pick up?

We currently operate as an online store and do not offer orders for pick up. All orders must be placed through our secure online platform on our website.

Our seamless online ordering process allows you to browse through our diverse range of butterfly-related products, including live butterflies for release, butterfly rearing kits, butterfly frames and more. Once you have selected the items you desire, simply add them to your cart and proceed to checkout.

During checkout, you will provide your shipping address, and we will take care of the rest. We entrust the reliable services of Canada Post to ship your order directly to your designated location, ensuring safe and timely delivery.

We understand that some customers may prefer to pick up their orders in person for various reasons. However, at this time, we are unable to make an exception to our shipping policy, as it enables us to efficiently serve customers across different regions.

Is milkweed the only source of food and host plant for monarchs?

Yes, it is true that milkweed (Asclepias species) is the only host plant for monarch caterpillars. Monarch butterflies lay their eggs exclusively on milkweed plants because the caterpillars that hatch from these eggs rely solely on milkweed leaves as their source of food.

Are you milkweed seeds organic?

Yes, we are pleased to confirm that our milkweed seeds are organic. We take great care in providing high-quality seeds that are free from synthetic chemicals or harmful additives, ensuring a safe and natural environment for your garden and the wildlife it supports.

By choosing organic milkweed seeds, you can have confidence in knowing that you are contributing to a healthy ecosystem and supporting the well-being of pollinators, including monarch butterflies. Organic farming practices promote biodiversity, conserve natural resources, and prioritize the health of the soil and surrounding environment.

Where can I find the milkweed seeds planting instructions?

Please find some instructions below with similar instructions included in each order. Planting milkweed seeds is a simple and rewarding way to support monarch butterflies and other pollinators. Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you successfully plant milkweed seeds:

  1. Prepare the Planting Area: Find a sunny spot in your garden or a location with at least 6 hours of sunlight per day. Milkweed prefers well-drained soil, so ensure the planting area is free from standing water.
  2. Clear the Ground: Remove any existing weeds, grass, or debris from the planting area to give the milkweed seeds a better chance to germinate and grow.
  3. Scarify the Seeds (Optional): Some milkweed seeds have hard shells that benefit from scarification, a process of scratching or nicking the seed coat to aid in germination. You can do this by rubbing the seeds gently with sandpaper or using a small knife to create small scratches.
  4. Plant the Seeds: Sow the milkweed seeds directly into the prepared soil. Space the seeds about 1 inch apart and cover them lightly with a thin layer of soil (about 1/4 inch deep). Alternatively, you can start the seeds indoors in pots and transplant them later.
  5. Water the Seeds: After planting, water the seeds thoroughly. Keep the soil consistently moist, but not waterlogged, until the seeds germinate and the seedlings become established.
  6. Provide Care and Maintenance: Once the milkweed seedlings emerge, continue to water them regularly, especially during dry periods. Mulching around the plants can help retain moisture and suppress weeds.
  7. Thin Seedlings (if necessary): If you have sown the seeds densely, you may need to thin the seedlings once they reach a few inches tall, leaving enough space for each plant to grow.
  8. Protect the Plants: Young milkweed plants can be vulnerable to herbivores, so consider using protective barriers or natural repellents to keep pests away.
  9. Enjoy the Growth: Watch as your milkweed plants grow and provide essential food for monarch caterpillars and nectar for adult butterflies. Over time, you’ll also attract other pollinators to your garden.

Remember that milkweed is a crucial plant for monarch butterflies, as it serves as their primary host plant. By providing milkweed in your garden, you are creating a habitat that supports the entire life cycle of these beautiful butterflies. Happy planting!

Are the seeds ready to be planted?

Yes, our milkweed seeds are cold stratified and ready for planting. Cold stratification is a natural process that helps break seed dormancy and ensures successful germination when the seeds are exposed to favorable conditions.

The cold stratification process mimics the seeds’ natural environment during the winter months when they experience cold temperatures. This treatment prepares the seeds for optimal germination once planted in the warmer spring or early summer months.

With our cold stratified milkweed seeds, you can expect improved germination rates and healthier seedlings, setting the stage for a successful and thriving milkweed patch in your garden.

To plant the seeds, simply follow the planting instructions provided with your order. Ensure that the seeds are sown in a sunny location with well-draining soil, and keep the soil consistently moist until the seedlings become established.

Where do you get your seeds from?

The milkweed seeds we provide are special because we grow them ourselves using organic practices. As dedicated advocates of sustainable gardening and wildlife conservation, we take immense pride in cultivating our very own milkweed plants to ensure the highest quality seeds for our customers.

Here’s how we do it:

  1. Organic Cultivation: Our milkweed plants are grown using organic farming methods. We refrain from using synthetic chemicals, pesticides, or harmful additives, allowing the plants to thrive naturally and maintain their vital ecological role.
  2. Nurturing the Habitat: Creating a healthy and welcoming habitat for milkweed is essential to support the entire life cycle of monarch butterflies. We take great care in nurturing the environment, providing a safe haven for these magnificent creatures and other pollinators.
  3. Sustainable Harvesting: Once our milkweed plants have matured, we meticulously harvest the seeds by hand to preserve their integrity and viability. This sustainable harvesting method ensures that only the finest seeds are selected for our customers.
  4. Quality Assurance: Before packaging and delivering the seeds, each batch undergoes thorough quality assurance processes. We want to make sure that the seeds we provide are of the highest quality and have the best chances of successful germination.

By choosing our organic milkweed seeds, you are not only supporting monarch butterflies and other pollinators but also participating in sustainable agriculture that promotes a healthier planet.

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