Top 3 Advantages to Winter Sowing Milkweed

Have you considered winter sowing your milkweed seeds? This simple process can offer huge advantages for your butterfly garden. Read on to discover the top advantages of sowing milkweed seeds in winter.

1. Winter Has The Right Conditions For Cold Stratifying Milkweed Seeds

Some milkweed seed varieties need to be cold stratified in order to stimulate germination. Subjecting milkweed seeds to cold conditions before gradually introducing warmth will break their dormant state and make them sprout. The winter weather is naturally ideal for this process, that's why sowing milkweed seeds in winter is highly recommended. 

2. Get A Head Start On The Gardening Season

Since winter sowing encourages the milkweed seedlings to sprout earlier, you can have an early start in spring gardening and take advantage of the monarch butterflies that are heading north.

3. Gain More Control Over Where Your Milkweed Plants Will Grow

Sowing in autumn or spring is not ideal because wild animals or the weather could cause the milkweed seeds to move around. By sowing in winter, you could have better control over the location of the emerging plants.


Winter sowing milkweed seeds is beneficial to everyone in North America, except for places that don't have a true winter. If your region has a true winter, then be sure to give winter sowing a try!

Not sure which common milkweed varieties can be wintersown? Find out now in this article.