Light Requirements For Your Scarlet Milkweed by Season

By Kiersten Rankel

Jun 18, 20242 min read

Nurture a year-round Scarlet Milkweed spectacle 🌞 by syncing its sunbathing to seasonal shifts! πŸ‚

Scarlet milkweed
  1. 🌞 Full sun in spring and summer promotes growth; watch for sunburn.
  2. πŸ‚ Reduce sunlight in autumn to prepare for dormancy.
  3. πŸ’‘ Indoor? Use east/west windows or 6500k grow lights for optimal light.

Soaking Up the Sun: Outdoor Light Needs by Season

🌱 Spring into Growth

Scarlet Milkweed craves sunlight in spring, gearing up for a season of robust growth. Position it to soak in full sun for at least 6 hours daily, ensuring it's primed for the upcoming bloom.

β˜€οΈ Summer Lovin' with Full Sun

In summer, your Milkweed should bask in full sunβ€”think 6+ hours of unfiltered glory. To prevent sunburn, consider dappled shade during peak intensity, especially in scorching climates.

πŸ‚ Autumn Adjustments

As days shorten, adjust your Milkweed's light exposure. It's time to prep for cooler days, so gradually reduce the direct sunlight, mimicking the natural shift towards dormancy.

❄️ Winter Light Strategy

During winter's dormancy, your Milkweed's light needs diminish. Outdoor light management might include shifting to a spot that catches the weaker rays, ensuring it gets enough light without the stress of summer's intensity.

Potted Scarlet Milkweed plant with elongated green leaves on a red surface.

Bringing the Sunshine Indoors: Indoor Light Mastery

🌞 Window Wisdom

Proximity matters. Your Scarlet Milkweed should be within a sun-kissed embrace of no more than 3 feet from a window. East or west-facing windows strike the perfect balance, offering a Goldilocks zone of lightβ€”neither too harsh nor too meek.

Watch for signs. If your plant starts sporting a tan (a.k.a. scorched leaves), it's begging for shade. Leggy growth? It's stretching out for more light like a cat in a sunbeam. Adjust its spot until it seems content, basking without burning.

πŸ’‘ Grow Light Game Plan

Grow lights: the indoor gardener's MVP when the sun's on hiatus. A 6500k bulb is like a sun substitute, keeping your Scarlet Milkweed in the limelight. Position it about 6 inches from the leaves to avoid turning your plant into a crispy critter.

Choosing the right setup is like picking a smartphoneβ€”options abound. LED or fluorescent? Both are friends to your foliage and your wallet. Remember, your plant's performance under these artificial suns will be the ultimate litmus test.

Scarlet Milkweed plant with vibrant green leaves and red-yellow flowers in a pot.
Scarlet Milkweed plant with green leaves in containers on a wooden deck.

Navigate your Scarlet Milkweed through the seasons with season-smart 🌞 reminders from Greg, ensuring it always basks in just the right amount of sunlight.