Saturday, January 11, 2014

How To Clean Milkweed Seeds in Small Batches

Milkweed seeds are notoriously hard to clean.  This is because the fluff (the parachute) attached to the seed tends to fly away or gets stuck in most machines.  Some people have found success by burning it away but recent experiments have shown that up to 1/3 of the seed can be damaged (http://prairieecologist.com/2012/04/12/testing-assumptions-the-milkweed-seed-fiasco/).  So most this job is done by hand.  However, I offer you an alternative that I came across at work that works very well for small batches at a time.

Milkweed Seeds


1 comment:

  1. If you wet the seed cluster, they come off easily also. You can wet the cluster, store it in a plastic bag with vermiculite for 1-2 months, and they germinate like a charm.

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