Asclepias syriaca or Common Milkweed is a great plant to grow for Monarchs. While I don’t recommend it for most gardens since it is so invasive, I’m going to try and grow it this year in a large pot to keep it contained.
The problem is that no one in the St. Louis, MO area carries the plant. Even my main source for native plants, Missouri Wildflowers, had a crop failure this year and has no plants. I’m trying a second way to get some plants and that’s by cuttings.
I’ve got a friend with milkweed in her front yard, Yvonne, and she allowed me to come over and take some cuttings. I’ve got ten cuttings in plastic bags using rooting hormone and two cuttings I just stuck in a pot outside which is in some water to keep it well hydrated.
I’ll report later on the success/failure of both techniques.
REPORT – ZERO success!
I was both disappointed and surprised that none of my milkweed cuttings rooted.