Milkweed seedlings are growing in the greenhouse! I stratified the seeds to help get them ready to plant. For milkweed, this basically means putting the seeds in moist sand and storing them in the fridge for about a month. Students in my Survey course then planted the seeds, and they are taking off.
This project is part of a larger effort at Lake Katherine Nature Center, involving removing invasive species and providing native milkweeds for pollinator habitat.
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