Planting milkweed for Monarchs is vital!
Milkweed is the sole host plant for Monarch butterflies. This particular plant is lacking on the landscape and has had a direct effect on Monarch populations.
Please join us in our effort to replenish this essential plant in Ohio by collecting milkweed pods in your area.
All you can – Where you can!
statewide pod collection 2020
Collection Dates: September 1 - October 30
Warren County SWCD will again be an official collection site this year for the statewide pod collection effort supporting the Ohio Pollinator Habitat Initiative. To collect the seed pods from a milkweed plant it is best to pick them when they are dry, gray, or brown in color. If the center seam pops with gentle pressure, they can be picked. 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 (see video below!) It is best to collect pods into paper bags and put the date and county collected on the bag. Avoid using plastic bags because they attract moisture. Store seeds in a cool, dry area until you can deliver to Warren County SWCD.