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In support of growing milkweed plants I am sharing the value that native milkweed has for monarch butterflies. Your host, Brad Grimm, created a website dedicated to education about milkweed. Visit
http://www.GrowMilkweedPlants.com
Get started taking action to find and grow milkweed. I'll warn you in advance, you may fall in love with this plant.
The podcast dedicated to all things milkweed related. Topics include Asclepias, Monarch butterflies, milkweed, gardening and pollinators.

Grow Milkweed Plants Brad Grimm

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In support of growing milkweed plants I am sharing the value that native milkweed has for monarch butterflies. Your host, Brad Grimm, created a website dedicated to education about milkweed. Visit
http://www.GrowMilkweedPlants.com
Get started taking action to find and grow milkweed. I'll warn you in advance, you may fall in love with this plant.
The podcast dedicated to all things milkweed related. Topics include Asclepias, Monarch butterflies, milkweed, gardening and pollinators.

    National Plant A Flower Day

    National Plant A Flower Day

    GMP 50: National Plant A Flower Day
    Sarah and I sow seeds and plant plants to enhance a habitat for The Monarch Sanctuary Project.
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    Guest host: Sarah Koschoreck
    Host: Brad Grimm

    • 32 min
    Western Monarch Count 2020

    Western Monarch Count 2020

    GMP 49: Western Monarch Count 2020
    1914 Monarchs counted in the 2020 Western Monarch Count.
    See the data: https://www.westernmonarchcount.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/WMTC-Data-1997-2020_1.12.2021.pdf
    Host: Brad Grimm

    • 18 min
    Zone 8b Mild Winter Milkweed Growing and Seed Starting

    Zone 8b Mild Winter Milkweed Growing and Seed Starting

    Winter be damned. I'm gonna grow milkweed right thru the frost. Arizona milkweed and Aquatic milkweed are the number one stunners of the season. Tropical's persist, or die, depending on the duration of freezing weather.  
    Seed starting tips: put is soil and wait, put in soil cover with lid and wait, clip and water germinate, don't clip and water germinate. So there isn't one best way. Try different ways and see how the seeds start best for you. I learned that Aquatic milkweed likes to sit in soil for nearly a month before germinating. Most other milkweed seeds will germinate in one to two weeks. 

    Inspired by this wonderful Christmas gift from my wife I decided to try growing milkweed in a jar. I rinsed out the honey jar and added soil. Sprinkled a pinch of Milkweed Medley on the surface of the soil and watered the seeds and soil. Placed the cap w/ holes on the jar. Set it on the window sill and in a few weeks these milkweed plants are growing! 

    Jars are not great for milkweed because over watering and fungal disease is likely to occur without drainage holes.
    The double-cup is a good way to care for seedlings. In the top cup you poke drainage holes. I poke three holes with the tip of my paring knife. Add soil to the cup with drainage holes. Add milkweed seeds. In this cup I am growing Green antelopehorn Asclepias viridis. Water the seed into the soil. Place the top cup in the bottom cup and place in a sunny window. 

    Store link: https://www.growmilkweedplants.com/store 
    Host: Brad Grimm

    • 29 min
    RIP Tropical Milkweeds

    RIP Tropical Milkweeds

    RIP Tropical Milkweeds: Putting Your Garden To Bed This Autumn
    Monarchs are in northern Mexico. Right on schedule for Day of the Dead.
    Not all tropical milkweed are created equal.
    Why native milkweed won't thrive in a subdivision
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    Bringing Nature Home, Updated and Expanded: How You Can Sustain Wildlife with Native Plants
    Arizona milkweed finally has a pollinator on the flowers. Western honey bee is moving from goldenrod to late blooming Arizona milkweed. To be fair to the plant. It blooms and fruits all summer long until there is a frost. 

    • 38 min
    A Dose of Milkweed with Danny Sanchez

    A Dose of Milkweed with Danny Sanchez

    A Dose of Milkweed with Danny Sanchez
    Danny began gardening at an early age. Take a look at one of Danny's earliest experiences in the garden. 

    Danny's passion for gardening has only grown over the years.

    Guest: Danny Sanchez
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    Host: Brad Grimm
    Music licensed by Epidemic Sound

    • 41 min
    Blood Avocados And The Cartel

    Blood Avocados And The Cartel

    2/28/2020 Grow Milkweed Plants Podcast Episode 45
    For complete show notes visit www.growmilkweedplants.libsyn.com
    Two tour guides at a monarch reserve in Mexico have been found dead. Foul play is suspected. https://www.mimorelia.com/localizan-sin-vida-a-raul-hernandez-guia-turistico-de-la-mariposa-monarca/amp/
    LA Times reports that a bloody war is brewing over "Blood Avocados". Is no one safe anymore? https://www.latimes.com/world-nation/story/2019-11-20/mexico-cartel-violence-avocados
    Sign the Change.org petition to boycott blood avocados from Mexico. https://www.change.org/p/whole-foods-boycott-mexican-avocados-buy-fair-trade
    Xerces Society has released the Monarch Butterfly count for Western Monarchs; and they are bad. 29,418 monarchs counted. Below the threshold considered sustainable. Will the monarch migration in the West collapse? https://xerces.org/blog/western-monarchs-need-our-help-more-than-ever


    Dr. Chip Taylor from Monarch Watch weighs in on western monarchs and the impact climate may have on the population. https://monarchwatch.org/blog/2020/02/25/monarchs-and-climate-in-the-west/?fbclid=IwAR2OuYfDhqegGypEdu92wPjpSzu_rbcRiSo8d5ZPLMNWmkFUnq2MHN967Lc
    Host: Brad Grimm

    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

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20 Ratings

20 Ratings

Jondalar59 ,

Great Info on Monarch Butterflies

I purchased some Milkweed seeds from Brad's website and found his podcast there. I love the information that Brad delivers in these podcasts and would recommend this podcast to anyone who wants to help out the Monarch Butterfly. I have planted 3 different types of Milkweed in my backyard this year thanks to Brads dedication to helping save the Monarch. I always have lots of flowers in my backyard that atttracts butterfiles and pollenators, however I didn't realize that Monarch only lay their eggs on Milkweed plants.
Thanks Brad for giving us the information needed to help the Monarch survive!

The Dootle Bug ,

Great info!

Thanks for the podcast. It’s good to collect information about our beloved monarchs, and I enjoy your upbeat tone.

BravoGol ,

Powerful Podcast

Learning so much about monarch butterflies and milkweed plants.

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