This designation was made after a deer at a captive white-tailed deer facility in Holmes County tested positive for CWD. My plants have had milkweed pods on them for awhile, but they haven’t looked ready to pluck until now. Prohibits the removal of a deer carcass killed by a motor vehicle within the DSA boundaries unless the carcass complies with deer carcass regulations. Harvesting the seed too soon. Here in Michigan, there are six types of native milkweed, all of which provide food for monarch caterpillars: Most of these milkweeds are native throughout the state, with the exception of swamp and prairie milkweeds, which are native only to the southern part of the lower peninsula. Ohio’s milkweed seed pod collection continues through the end of the month and the Ohio Pollinator Habitat Initiative is calling on Ohioans to collect milkweed seed pods to help Monarch butterflies. Only a small percentage of milkweed seeds will break dormancy when planted in the Spring. You might lose a few seeds this way as they’re blown away by the breeze, but believe me, there are plenty more inside the pod. • Pick only the pods, do not pull or cut the whole plant. Seeds that are too young will appear orangish and translucent on the edges. Often, you only really need a seed or two, especially if you have a small garden, while a milkweed pod can yield dozens of seeds. Mailing Address: PO Box 574 Pomeroy, Ohio 45769. Once the floss fluffs out like the one in the lower left, it is harder to remove from the seed. Planting in the Spring. It usually takes three years for the milkweed to establish blooms. Store them in your fridge or freezer. /* Gardening in the Mitten */ CTRL + SPACE for auto-complete. Milkweed Seeds will benefit from a 30 day period of cold moist stratification, allowing you a much higher germination rate. I like to let … Milkweed grows naturally in meadows, fields, and ditches throughout the state. These little feather like seed dispersers will float on the lightest of air currents and will show you what the wind is not only … These beautiful creatures need all the help we can give them, and, in exchange, we get flowers plus the joy of seeing them in our garden. The rule of thumb for harvesting wild plants is to leave at least 2/3rds of the plant to ensure that the wild population will continue to thrive. Milkweed needs a period of cold stratification to germinate; the refrigerator storage will provide that.). Squirrel season started back on Sept. 1, and hunters I have talked with have reported seeing plenty of squirrels. When they’re at this stage, they may start splitting, and that is when you know the seeds are ready to harvest. Winter care of milkweed depends on your zone and which milkweed you have. Milkweed Bugs Milkweed bugs use their beak or rostrum to pierce and feed on milkweed seeds rendering them inviable. You can collect Milkweed pods from your own garden, on private lands (with permission), public right-of-ways and road sides. The milkweed went out 100 yards and came back to within 5 yards … After you remove the seeds, you’ll want to let them dry out for 3 days to a week. Overwintering Milkweed Plants. Write CSS OR LESS and hit save. Drying. In any case, when the leaf is snapped, a white sap should be visible; this is what gives “milkweed” its name. Ripe pods will split open when you push on the “seam” of the pod. Close the container and give the whole thing a good, vigorous shake. Please do not harvest any milkweed pods that are known to be varietal, grown for ornamental and landscape purposes. Wash or Spray Pods with Water. (Milkweed is considered a noxious plant in many states.) These things make for great wind checkers while deer hunting. 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Message to the Community. It is important to check this. The seeds fall into a container or tabletop, and the wad of fluff stays in your hand. The damage is often difficult to see. To harvest the seeds, simply pull the entire seed pod off of the plant. Make sure that before you collect seed, you become familiar with the common milkweed to avoid harvesting pods from similar plants such as hemp dogbane and swamp milkweed. However, harvesting of any materials for commercial use off of most state and federally owned conservation areas such as WMAs, WPAs, The seeds should be brown or “browning up.” If the seeds are still pale, do not collect. What the shaking does is shake the seeds loose from the fluff. If you decide you have room for more milkweed plants, you’ll already have cleaned seed on hand. Requires hunters to bring deer carcasses harvested within the DSA boundaries to an ODNR Division of Wildlife inspection station for sampling during the deer-gun and deer muzzleloader seasons; Prohibits the placement of or use of salt, mineral supplement, grain, fruit, vegetables or other feed to attract or feed deer within the DSA boundaries. I do this just as the pods are about to open and the seeds are fully formed. Always identify the species prior to harvesting and clearly mark the container you keep them in (Suggested label: Your name, date, species common and/or scientific name, location of collection) The pods begin to dry out and fade from a light green to a gray/brown color as they ripen. Milkweed is my go to. Athens and Meigs SWCD offices are the local collection points – people in Gallia County will need to bring them to Meigs SWCD for collection. How to pick pods you can eat. Contact your local 4-H, garden clubs, or wildlife restoration nonprofits to see if they would like to take some off your hands. In order to achieve that, you need to either winter-sow the seed (at least by March 1 for most zones) or simulate the ‘winter’ by utilizing the refrigerator. Milkweed seed ripens inside the pods at varying times, but a majority of it ripens between mid to late September. If you find yourself with more seeds than you can use, here are a few ideas: I hope this has been helpful. Monarchs have greatly decreased in population over the years, primarily because of habitat loss. Knock most of the seeds off into the trash to avoid spreading the plant in unwanted areas. Milkweed seed pods are starting to mature to the point where they can be harvested. You can even add a penny or two to the bag to help agitate the contents even more. To make a long story short, you can only bring boned meat, antlers and capes, and finished taxidermy mounts back to Ohio if they contain no brain tissue, lymph nodes or spinal column. They look like a weird, kind of spiny/bumpy fruit. • If picking on public land, contact your area DNR Office or County Land Department to see if a permit is required. Milkweed is the sole food source for monarch butterfly caterpillars. You can identify milkweed in three ways: via its flower, its foliage, and its seed pods. October 18 By Tony Gomez If you’ve been thinking about planting fall milkweed this season, November is the best time for most of us to complete this simple garden task. It is best to collect the pods when they are dry, grey, or brown. Pinch all of the milkweed strands, as best you can, and pull them from the pod. If the center seam pops with gentle pressure, they can be harvested. You can help the Monarch Butterfly by propagating more milkweed! They look like a weird, kind of spiny/bumpy fruit. The brown dried pod in the upper left is just beginning to split open — perfect to harvest the seed. I use milkweed when I'm treestand hunting - not really sure why I don't use it for spot and stalk? All the fluff … When harvesting wild foods it is also so important not to over harvest as this is a natural resource that you will want to be able to can for years to come. Email: meigsindypress@gmail.com Harvest your gorgeous milkweed pods, gold & dry, and roll each one individually between your palms. How Much Should I Collect? Here's an easy method to quickly remove the seeds from your milkweed pods. This is the most important thing to know, but the most complicated to comprehend. Start scouting fields and if pods appear slightly gray and are dried out they are ready to pick. So, hopefully within the next few weeks I’ll be gathering a number of different milkweed pods to harvest the seed. You can see how they’re all still pretty self-contained below. Avoid introducing milkweed bugs into the bags in which you are placing pods. Luckily, we as gardeners can play an important role in ensuring that monarchs have plenty of milkweed. Don’t wait too long or the pods … Common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca) in bloom in the spring (left) and common milkweed pods in the fall (right), ready for harvest.Photo (left): Laura Hubers / … I’m looking forward to those crisp autumn mornings that we should have started getting about five weeks ago, but I’m sure I’ll be complaining about the cold before we know it. If you’re involved in any online gardening groups or forums, offer them as part of a seed trade or for a SASE for those who want some. I got this idea when picking pods after a rain storm. Maybe you have a milkweed plant that you or a neighbor really liked last season, and you want to continue growing it next year. Store the pods in paper bags; plastic bags collect unwanted moisture. google_ad_client = "ca-pub-7482762540663569"; Meigs Health Today: Goals Set to Improve Local Water Quality by... Pomeroy Man Arrested in Major Human Trafficking Sting, Suspects in Custody Following Attempted Murder Investigation in Reedsville, Four Meigs County Students Receive 2020 FAO Scholarships. Make your collecting go better by following these simple tips: The following regulations will apply within the DSA, and only within the DSA: Normal agricultural activities including feeding of domestic animals as well as hunting deer over food plots, naturally occurring or cultivated plants and agriculture crops are not prohibited. Step 1: Harvest seed pod from milkweed plant. As of Aug. 1, portions of Holmes and Tuscarawas counties have been declared a Disease Surveillance Area (DSA) as part of the state’s ongoing efforts to monitor Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD), according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). They’ll keep, stored this way, for a very long time. At first they are bright green and quite plump. google_ad_height = 250; If you have more than just a pod or two, or you just don’t want to risk making a mess (that fluff goes EVERYWHERE…) try this: open your seed pods and empty them, fluff and all, into a paper bag, small coffee can with a lid, or a jar. Sometimes, especially if you’re just harvesting one pod and it’s begun to split but hasn’t completely exploded yet, you can simply pull the wad of fluff and seeds out, run your fingers down it, and easily separate the seeds that way. Prohibits hunting of deer by the aid of salt, mineral supplement, grain, fruit, vegetables or other feed within the DSA boundaries; and. Not all milkweed pods will produce viable seeds for a bountiful harvest in spring so you need to be careful which to pick. At first they are bright green and quite plump. As the season progresses, they’ll get a bit lighter in color, eventually turning a greenish-yellow. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources took new action to monitor and help reduce the threat of Chronic Wasting Disease in Ohio’s deer herd. This fluff is essential to the milkweed’s survival. Harvest the pods after they are open. No person is permitted to bring or transport high-risk carcass parts of CWD-susceptible species into Ohio from any state or Canadian province, regardless of the CWD status of the exporting jurisdiction. The pressure releases the seeds from their white, fluffy parasols so as you open each pod, the seeds fall away from the white, smushed 'chaff' like a dream. The project started in 2015 as a seven-county pilot project, and last year hundreds of Ohioans worked together. “With permission from landowners, you can pick milkweed seed pods this fall rather than buying seeds or purchasing plants,” Allsup says. How To Plant Milkweed Seeds In Fall: Sowing The Seeds I like to pour my seeds out from the packet and put them into a little dish (or mason jar lid) for easy access while planting. If the center seam pops with gentle pressure, they can be harvested. It doesn’t feel much like fall, but Ohio’s fall hunting seasons are indeed underway. (If you have a huge amount of seed to process, check out this contraption from Monarch Watch: a seed separating machine for milkweed.). The seeds will have edges that appear like dry, dark brown colored paper. Depending on which variety of milkweed it is, these leaves may be large or fairly narrow. Store the pods in paper bags; plastic bags collect … It also serves as a food source for Monarchs as well as many other pollinator species. The foliage is shiny, alternating up and down the stem, with long, feather-shaped leaves. Stuff the fluff into a small canister, like an old 35mm film container or small pill bottle. The pod should be drying out and beginning to split. google_ad_width = 250; The new carcass rules apply to Ohio hunters who travel out-of-state to hunt any CWD-susceptible species (white-tailed deer, mule deer, elk, caribou or moose). //-->. There is nothing quite like sitting out in your yard or garden and watching monarch butterflies fluttering around the milkweed you lovingly planted for them. I've found that collecting and storing milkweed seed pods during the late summer has made me a better hunter in the bluff country that I hunt. Again, these regulations only apply within the DSA in Holmes and Tuscarawas counties, but it is interesting to see what sort of restrictions are being put into place should CWD make the jump to Ohio’s wild deer herd. If you want to harvest your milkweed seeds to share or donate, here are a few things to keep in mind: Remember to only collect local, native milkweed seeds! In addition, the state has established new carcass rules for hunters who hunt wild deer, elk, caribou and moose in other states. As fields and meadows have given way to parking lots and shopping centers, the places where milkweed grew naturally have started to disappear. Jim Freeman is the wildlife specialist for the Meigs Soil and Water Conservation District. So after a few good shakes, all you have to do is open your container, lift out the ball of fluff that is on top, and in the bottom, you’ll see your cleaned seeds. It acts as almost a parachute, and when the wind blows, it carries the milkweed seeds further away because of that fluff attached to it, dispersing the seed over a wider area. Do not collect open pods with numerous milkweed bugs on the seeds or pods. As far as the seed pods, they usually start appearing here in Michigan in late summer. But for seed collectors, it can be a bit of a pain. Since then the volunteers collected approximately 5,000 gallons of common milkweed seed pods, totaling over 22 million seeds, according to the OPHI. Jun 25, 2019 #7 W. Wrench Senior Member. Keep the pods in a cool, dry area until you can deliver them to the nearest collection site. As the season progresses, they’ll get a bit lighter in color, eventually turning a greenish-yellow. If they’re green or light brown, they’re not mature yet and won’t sprout when you plant them. This part is easy and fun! I would try to be patient and hopefully the pods will appear next year. Pick pods as they turn brown, dry and mature. Because milkweed seeds are large enough to pick out and spread one by one, you can do this to ensure the seeds aren’t over-crowded. From the pod, I remove the white, fuzzy, feather-like fibers and pick off the seeds. That’s what I was able to do for these pods. I will never forget the time I tested wind from tree stand in a steep draw. Make sure that before you collect seed, you become familiar with the common milkweed to avoid harvesting pods from similar plants such as hemp dogbane and swamp milkweed. Why Harvest Milkweed Seeds? Yes, the pods usually follow the blooms, and maybe it's not too late this year. While the Swamp Milkweed (Asclepias Incarnata) pods have just started forming within the last 2-3 weeks. Milkweed is the only host plant for the Monarch butterfly for egg laying and caterpillar rearing. It is hard for me to get excited about hunting when it is still short-sleeve shirt weather. It’s too warm for the ground to be frozen but too cold for seeds to sprout before winter sets in. The Ohio Department of Transportation is helping to collect milkweed seed pods, with the idea of creating more wildlife habitat in a bid to help The heavier seeds will fall to the bottom of the bag or jar, leaving the lighter fluff at the top. If you read a guide that actually talks about eating milkweed (most don’t except for Sam) there’s likely to be a sentence to the tune of: “young pods need to be 1-2″ long to eat”. If you are new to harvesting milkweed seed, here are the basics: Collect No Pod Before Its Time. Here are some resources to help you find the best milkweed for your area: Planting the Right Milkweed in your Region Twelve Native Milkweeds for Monarchs (blog) Fact Sheet about Milkweed; Milkweed Native to Eastern U.S. Milkweed Native to the Great Plains; Milkweed Native to Southeastern U.S. Milkweed seedling plugs Monarch Watch Milkweed Market I harvest the pods when they are dry, shuck them in a plastic bag, and remove the seeds… I always look for signs of pods splitting, which is nature’s way of telling you that the seeds are ready. Regional Variation. With over 140 different types of milkweed, there are milkweeds that grow well in almost every hardiness zone. Put the date and the county collected on the bag when you turn them in. Pods are filled with seeds and floss, a material attached to the seed that allows it to travel on the wind, similar to dandelion seed. When to Collect Milkweed plants produce distinct seed pods in late summer. Though many milkweed plants need only the help of Mother Nature, this article will cover winter care of milkweed. It is important to check this. I like to store my seeds in paper envelopes, which are easy to label, or in jars if I have a lot of seed. google_ad_slot = "9390341673"; When is the right time to harvest? I let the pods dry out until they open up. Please note that you should always ask permission before harvesting seeds from private land, and of course seeds should never be removed from state parks or national forests. Yes. As I mentioned above, it’s best to store milkweed seeds in a cool place, any my preference is the refrigerator. “Once harvested, you can either plant them in the fall or wait until spring.” Each pollinated milkweed flower forms one to two large teardrop-shaped green pods that turn brown or maroon as they mature. 5. Seeds inside should be brown before harvesting. I pinch a hand full, remove seeds and stuff them in an old pill bottle. The site I was looking at stated that you don’t want to pick the pods before they’re ready.. After giving the pod a little bend, it may split open a bit on its own, which I … Be careful, though — this sap is a skin irritant, and you definitely don’t want to rub it in your eyes! In the late summer, I will go to the field and pick a couple of pods from a milkweed plant. You can actually store it as is in a paper bag until you’re ready to plant, or you can go ahead and clean the seed now to make it easier to store (in a cool place – preferably a refrigerator, which keeps the seed at a constant cool temperature. Typically, these pods are horn shaped, or otherwise long, narrow and tubular. If the pods do not appear it could be due to the long dry summer we have had. Joined Aug 23, 2018 Messages 2,179 ... Another milkweed user here. Pour the released seed into a container and then toss the fluff to the wind! When you open the pod, the seeds should be dark brown. Ohio’s deer archery season started Sept. 29. • Pods must be brought to Depot Studios, 250 W Main St., Isle, 320-676-1962 for payment of $.40 per pound, in bags specific for milkweed pods. Is picking milkweed pods legal? There are many reasons to collect and grow seeds from your garden, especially milkweed seeds. Ripe pods will tend to be dry, gray or even brown. Information and Inspiration for Michigan Gardeners,