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1404 Goodale Boulevard, Suite 100
Columbus, OH 43212
Phone: (614) 486-9613
Fax: (614) 486-9614

Milkweed Collection

Annual Common Milkweed Pod Collection

Our 2023 collection is open!

A large green collection bin with a yellow lid will be located outside of our office at 1404 Goodale Blvd Suite 100, Columbus, OH 43212 from September 1 through November 12, 2023. Stop by anytime to drop off your BROWN seed pods!

The Ohio Pollinator Habitat Initiative and Franklin SWCD are calling on Ohioans for Milkweed pods!  Since the project began in 2015, volunteers have collected tens of thousands of gallons of common milkweed seed pods, totaling over 22 million seeds! The seeds are sown by ODOT onto "conservation corridors", designated areas along highways that are planted with native prairie perennials. 

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! Let’s make our collection efforts in 2018 even better by following these simple tips!

• Make sure that before you collect seed, you become familiar with common milkweed to avoid harvesting pods from similar plants such as hemp dogbane and swamp milkweed

• It is best to collect the pods when they are dry, grey, or brown. IT IS IMPORTANT TO CHECK THIS. If the center seam pops with gentle pressure, they can be harvested.

• Store the pods in paper bags; plastic bags collect unwanted moisture.

• Put the date and 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.

• Leave some pods (10-25%) on the plants so that seeds have a chance to naturally disperse and do their job as an important food source for milkweed bugs and other critters. 

To learn more about Ohio's milkweed plants, check out this article from Owlcation

For more information on milkweeds, refer to this video:

We thank you for your help to promote native plants and save the Monarch Butterfly!

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