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I had several plants I grew from seed planted in one area and decided to move them. I dug up each one (not really that carefully) and moved them, and they all survived with no ill effect at all. They don't seem to need any long period for seeding, the fluffy seeds fly all over and come up rather quickly in my garden. I'm a big fan of these beautiful plants also, thanks for the nice article.
I have transplanted tropical milkweed in FL with some success when the plants were small. The milkweed we have here in VA is the common type. Since the fields are cut by the farmer right before blooming, our monarch butterflies seem to be few and far between. Next spring I'm going to try some plants in the garden where they can go full cycle.
I grew some scarlet milkweed (tropical, A. curassavica) as an annual last summer and it was covered with monarch cats. They ate everything including the seed pods. When it looked like they were running out of food I tried to move some of them to some A. incarnata 'Ice Ballet' growing nearby but they ignored it. They all disappeared and I didn't see a single chrysallis nearby, but later in the summer there were lots of new monarchs, so they must have been successful. They were hatched on that scarlet though, and wanted nothing else.
as an aside, the scarlet did regrow from the bare stems and would have bloomed again if the summer had been longer.
this was my first year growing milkweed and I hope to add some other varieties.
Thanks, Mitch, for the nice article.