When emerging milkweeds have three to four sets of leaves, thin seedlings to 6 inches apart. The toxicity of the plant … For seeds you could also try winter sowing:

Winter Sowing Milkweed Seeds

  • I’d like to plant milkweed (and other native wildflowers) in an area that is currently grass.

    Can I just put the seeds right in the ground under the turf, or do I need to pull out or turn over the grass?

    I’d like to leave the grass until the flowers get started so I can avoid all the weeds taking seed on the open dirt. But, a Virginia Beach friend of mine recently shared how toxic milkweed can be. Consider planting milkweed varieties that are native to your region for best results. Thanks so much, Nina.