milkweed management in Florida

marcia_m(5 and 9)November 4, 2010

I'm a 'snowbird' and we have arrived at our winter home in Florida. I have milkweed growing, Asclepias curassavica 'Silky Gold' and the regular orange A. curassavica. The caterpillars have enjoyed the plants, they're still munching, and I have two cocoons on the outside of my window frame.

My question is about plant management. Should I cut back the milkweed stalks that have no leaves? Or will they re-leaf? I don't have any seeds forming but I have a few leftovers from my last year's PA garden that I plan to start so there are more leaves for them next season.

Thanks for suggestions.


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bandjzmom(7 NWGeorgia)

I wouldn't cut the stalks back Marcia. Mine re-leafs. You are saying that you have Monarch chrysalides on the window frame? They'd be safer inside a container, but I don't know if you are interested in doing the cat raising thing. The butterfly eggs, caterpillars,and chrysalides are eaten by many creatures in the wild.

    Bookmark   November 5, 2010 at 7:58AM
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marcia_m(5 and 9)

Thanks for the advice. I won't prune the plants; I don't mind the bare sticks. I saw some young milkweed plants at Lowe's and I'll buy a few to plant until I get a chance to grow seeds.

I would rather not be responsible for raising the guys inside. I'll check on the chrysalides. I could bring them into our lanai to protect them until they emerge. I'll read up on that.

    Bookmark   November 5, 2010 at 9:45AM
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marcia_m(5 and 9)

Here are some of the cats that are doing the job on the milkweed. Yes, I have some leaves re-growing. One of the butterflies emerged from its chrysalis (outside) and a new chrysalis took its place. I didn't get to see the emergence.

    Bookmark   November 8, 2010 at 1:47PM
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