Grow Milkweed Plants

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 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.

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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 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.
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Florida milkweed rundown and some fun over asclepias in Nevada

What you will hear in this episode. Asclepias cryptoceras grows in a remote location on a shale slope in the Great Basin east of Reno NV. Three experts and me have an unplanned meeting in the mountains and talk milkweed over a rare milkweed. Cocoa Beac...
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Oh snap! Las Vegas has a lot of milkweed.

Monarch Population Status The Xerces Society Western Monarch Thanksgiving Count 1997-2018 The Western Monarch Thanksgiving & New Year’s Counts Second New Year’s Count Supports Monarchs Movement Between Sites This master gardener is luring monar...
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Milkweed butterflies of the Rio Grande Valley

Jet down to Oleander Acres to see if milkweed really is bigger in Texas.
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Tahoe-Pyramid Trail Exploration

I still laugh about the first time I "found milkweed". It was actually dogbane. I revisit this location and walk along the Truckee river in Reno Nevada. Learn about the different kinds of leaf damage on milkweed leaves. Milkweed bugs make a living on t...
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Milkweed clothing. Is it the next big thing or just a fad?

  Fall monarch migration is beginning now. Monarch's keep warm in Mexico and California. If they were people we would call them snow-birds. Are you ready for winter? Check out these parkas insulated with the fibers of milkweed plants. Asclepias clothin...
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Water Germination of Milkweed Seeds

Water germination of milkweed seeds was introduced to me by Francisco Julich. I recommend following Francisco on Instagram at jardimdeborboletas he is based in Brazil. My understanding of water germination of milkweed seeds was expanded by Dr. Steven B...
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Mazatlan's Milkweed and the Monarch's Extinction

San Juan milkweed   Paco's Reserva de Flora y Fauna   SaveSave

California Pipevine Experience at San Francisco Botanical Garden

Show notes in progress.
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April Showers bring May Milkweed ūü§Į

Three main topics discussed. One Gallon Greenhouse update including forward looking statement for the upcoming growing season. Water Germination of milkweed seeds. The easiest way to go from seed to plant in the fastest time possible. Recap of Milkweed...
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Lynn Rosenblatt, author of MONARCH MAGIC and MONARCH BUDDIES dedicates 20 years to "POM-POM Paradise!"

Lynn Rosenblatt, author of MONARCH MAGIC and MONARCH BUDDIES dedicates 20 years to "POM-POM Paradise!" Complete Show Notes at GROWMILKWEEDPLANTS.COM/32  Connecticut teacher and author LYNN ROSENBLATT devoted twenty-five years to teaching energetic and ...
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Milkweed Madness

Register now for Milkweed Madness.  Listen to The Garden Path Podcast with Misti Little. I was a guest on her show. Look for Ep. 3-18: Grow Milkweed Plants | Brad Grimm   Host: Brad Grimm Intro Music: sunny - Outro Music: acusticbreeze -...
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Conversation with Anurag Agrawal author of Monarchs and Milkweed

Anurag Agrawal author of Monarchs and Milkweed speaks to us on the topics that are most interesting to us.  Book title - Monarchs and Milkweed: A Migrating Butterfly, a Poisonous Plant, and Their Remarkable Story of Coevolution Grow Milkweed Plants pod...
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Winter Sown. Garden Grown.

Winter sown. Garden grown. Use milk jugs to grow milkweed plants starting in the winter. Grow Milkweed Plants podcast - Season 3 Episode 2 Step two of winter sowing milkweed seeds in a one gallon greenhouse. My YouTube video link:
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Grow Milkweed Plants is a verb. Lets get started!

Sorry for the long delay between episodes. I'm back and this episode is full of awesome content that will get you thinking about and growing milkweed plants. Episode timeline... 2:15 NRCS.USDA.GOV link to Regional Pollinator Efforts - Monarch Butterfl...
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GMP 27: Asclepias cryptoceras, jewel of the foothills.

Jewel milkweed. Join me as we go explore the plant in-person. Host: Brad Grimm

Milkweed sap; my heart loves you - but my eyes are blinded by you

Vocabulary word: Phenology Cautionary tale of blindness. Milkweed sap poses a serious health risk to humans. Learn about the risks and how to safely work with milkweed. Milkweed Madness 2017 winners have received their prizes. I'll tell you what the pr...

GMP 25: Play Milkweed Madness 2017

Vocabulary word: DIAPAUSE Milkweed plant donation by Cat R of Green Thumb Gardnes, on Instagran @hbgtg or REGISTER NOW FOR MILKWEED MADNESS 2017 (press and hold here for link) or Visit

GMP 24: Arizona Milkweed& the Queen Butterfly

Arizona Milkweed & the Queen Butterfly Arizona has about thirty native milkweed species that are host to both the monarch butterfly and the queen butterfly. On episode 24 I take you to Rio Salado Habitat Restoration Area where I see my first Queen ...

GMP 23: Australia Wanderer Butterfly

In Australia the Wanderer Butterfly is found on the East coast from Brisbane thru Bundaberg. Host: Brad Grimm Music by Gary Thomas, Breath on the album Didgeridoo

GMP 022: Milkweed Jacket Keeps Canadians Warm

Congratulations to my brothers family on the birth of their new baby Rosemarie Sarah Grimm!  Peaces - Handmade jewelry & adornments with a nature-theme, perfect for wearing your essential oils! How a Quebec company used a weed to create a one-of-a...

Mid-season Monarch Butterfly Rearing Supersode - 021

The Biggest Little Butterfly Garden In The World has been raising and releasing the monarch butterfly since 2014. In this episode you will hear: Season start dates Season totals (or totals to date) Biggest single release date of the season Learn about...

California Pipevine Swallowtail Butterfly - 020

Monarch butterflies in the East are passing the 49¬ļ Latitude aka USA/Canada border and beginning the migration South toward Mexico. Learn where they will be in the next month and when they traditionally arrive in Mexico. Tim Wong is saving the Californ...

Chasing Butterflies - 019

Connect with Bryan Burks @BSburks who gave me a guided tour of the LA Arboretum @LAarboretum Discover more about monarchs via Monarch Arc and read the story by the VC Reporter featuring Juliana Danaus. The story is - The butte...

Common Milkweed in Omaha Nebraska. Zorinsky Lake Park is host to three kinds of milkweed - 018

Brad G. flys to Omaha Nebraska to discover that common milkweed is pretty common.  Links mentioned in the show: THANK YOU RACHEL C. THE "ORIGINAL BUTTERFLY" AKA O.B. THE STORY OF AN ORGANISM: COMMON MILKWEED Raising Butterflies and Moths for Conservati...

Milkweed at large, seeking out native milkweed in Washoe County, Nevada - 017

Milkweed at large, seeking out native milkweed in Washoe County, Nevada - 017 View the complete show notes page at Invitation to the Grow Milkweed Plants facebook group Local milkweed report Monarch Passion tee shirt at ...

1M Monarchs vs. a Mine, MexiRocks, Garden Vandalism& Jewel Milkweed - 016

1M Monarchs vs. a Mine, MexiRocks, Garden Vandalism & Jewel Milkweed - Episode 016 View complete show notes page: Learn about the threat that could deplete the water supply for the Oyamel Fir trees resulting in...

Monarchs And Milkweed Are Done With Freezing Weather - 015

Grow Milkweed Plants PodcastShow notes: deaths in Mexico on March 11, 2016Cold moist stratification of milkweed seedsMilkweed Madness 2016Host: Brad Grimm

Eastern Population and Milkweed Madness - 014

Host: Brad Grimm @growmilkweedContent in this episode:Eastern Monarch Population in Mexico 2015/2016Milkweed Madness seed giveawayIf its good for the butterflies, it's good for me.Featured song: The Great Monarch MigrationVisit "Milkweed Madness" free ...

Western Monarch Butterfly Population 2015 - 013

GMP Podcast Episode 013 - "Western Monarch Butterfly Population 2015"page that accompanies this podcast< Featured content:Western monarch population count is 271,924 butterflies.Data collected at 187 overwintering locations from Mendocino county to ...

Braderfly at the Museum - 012

GMP Podcast Episode 012 - "Braderfly at the Museum"page that accompanies this podcast< Featured content:The nickname given to the host is revealed.Recap of the conversation with Gail at the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History.Learn why there is ...

Pacific Grove Monarchs - 011

GMP Podcast Episode 011 - "Pacific Grove Monarchs"page that accompanies this podcast< Featured content: Monarch butterflies overwintering at Pacific Grove Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary and Cooper Cabin at Andrew Molera SP.Featured products: Butterfly ...

Yosemite Monarchs and More - 010

If it's good for the butterflies; it's good for me.Visit to find milkweed native to your area.View the show notes page for this episode by pressing and holding this link: 

Peak Monarch Breeding Season - 009

August is peak breeding season for monarch butterflies. Milkweed is tall as your head. Caterpillars are chomping away at leaves. Start planning next year's butterly garden today. Facebook groups mentioned:The Beautiful Monarch Open Group - Admin Holli ...

Multi-State Milkweed Status - 008

Podcast brought to you by Brad Grimm at Grow Milkweed PlantsSources for monarch research tags:Monarch Butterflies of the Pacific Northwest This page includes the recovery of monarch tag #4130 that flew from Annabella in CA to Kendra in IDSouthwest Mona...

Spring Sightings of Monarchs and Milkweed - 007

Monarch butterfly in my own backyard. Marine Monarchs is funded thru generous donation's including a match by Monarch Watch. Have you seen any monarchs this year? Milkweed is growing as the weather warms. Flowers are begining to bloom and the Spring mi...

Texas Monarch Migration 2015 - 006

Texas Monarch Migration 2015Migrating monarchs pass thru Texas in early spring. The Texas milkweed is super important and provides a habitat that allows the monarch to reproduce. If you would like to help this podcast then you can start by planting and...

March Monarch Madness - 005

Episode 005 show notes: Title March Monarch Madness  Links mentioned in this episode: Find Milkweed for monarchs at: Grow Milkweed Plants website Marine Monarchs: Monarch Migration data:

Milkweed First Growth - 004

Connect with me at Grow Milkweed Plants1. First growth on milkweed. Transplanting showy milkweed to the ground. 2. Breakup of monarchs In overwintering sites and start of migration3. Plans to monitor and report in travel podcasts on the migration thru ...

Monarch Population 2014 - 003

Monarch population is nearly flat but greatly reduced from previous decades. Pestacides in your garden could be lethal to monarch caterpillars nearby. Interstate 35 is becoming the Monarch highway. Milkweed in my backyard. Where are the monarchs vacati...

Overwintering Monarch Butterflies - 002

Visit for more informationOn todays episode I am going to share a few of the expeditions that I took this winter. I said expeditions but what I am talking about is visits that I made to monarch overwintering sites in Californ...

Milkweed Motivations - 001

Milkweed is the host plant for monarch butterflies. I discovered that the monarch population dropped to historic lows between my visit to over-wintering sites between 1996-97 and 2014-15. Visit for more information.The declin...

About Brad Grimm at Grow Milkweed Plants

As a California boy raised on the central coastside I loved the ocean and the forest. One place that was a special treat for me in the winter was the State Beach named Natural Bridges. Natural Bridges State Beach is located in California on the North s...