It is milkweed pod collection time. The Ohio Pollinator Habitat Initiative is calling on Ohioans for a second year of milkweed pod collections. This project started in 2015 as a 7 county pilot and last year hundreds of Ohioans worked together last fall to collect approximately 200 pounds of common milkweed seeds, totaling over 19 million seeds. Milkweed is the only host plant for the Monarch butterfly for egg laying and caterpillar rearing. It also serves as a food source for Monarchs as well as many other pollinator species. The disappearance of milkweed across the U.S. has contributed to the 80% decline of the eastern monarch butterfly population over the last 20 years. We are working hard to change this and you can help! Lets make our collection efforts in 2017 ever better by following these simple tips!
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.
It is best to collect the pods when the are dry, grey, or brown. IT IS IMPORTANT TO CHECK THIS.
Store the pods in papers bags; plastic bags collect unwanted moisture.
Put the date and the county collected on the bag when you turn them in.
Keep the pods in a cool, dry area until you can deliver them to the nearest collection site.
Drop off your collected milkweed pods at Logan SWCD, 324 Rd 11, Bellefontaine, OH. Pods will be accepted through October. Please have your pods dropped off at Logan SWCD by October 30, 2017.