planting milkweed seeds for monarch butterflys

jerome69(6)April 15, 2013

has anyone grown milkweed plants to feed the larvae of the monarch butterfly? it seems that the monarchs are dwindling due to the lack of a food source. (herbicides)

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lindalou(z5 NY)

i will be planting for the first time this year. in fact, i just ordered 10 milkweed plants. :)

    Bookmark   April 16, 2013 at 6:10AM
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to lindalou; where did you order them from?could not find any info on where to plant them,such as sun and soil conditions. thanks

    Bookmark   April 16, 2013 at 6:35AM
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lindalou(z5 NY) has all the info you will need. you can order plants for $1 each and seeds for much less. :)

Here is a link that might be useful: great monarch info

    Bookmark   April 16, 2013 at 7:11AM
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penny1947(z6 WNY)

I perchased Asclepias incarnata 'Cinderella' a couple of years ago from Menne's Nursery on Niagara Falls Blvd in Amherst. I had several cats on it the very first year but I think the birds may have gotten them.

    Bookmark   April 16, 2013 at 10:45AM
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lovetogarden(z4 NY)

I have common milkweed growing all over my property. I never cut it down, even if it grows in a flower bed. It really is a butterfly magnet. Not only have I seen Monarch butterflies attracted to it but other varieties of butterflies too. I also have other varieties of Milkweed but the butterflies don't seem to be as attracted to them as they are to the common variety.

    Bookmark   April 20, 2013 at 1:15AM
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They come up in my vegetable garden every year so I'm lucky. I let a dozen live scattered amongst the plants. It drives my husband batty but I love the smell of them and love the monarchs.

Last year I saw the prettiest thing. I was crouched down weeding and perched on one of the milkweeds big leaves was a baby tree frog. It was beautiful:)

    Bookmark   April 26, 2013 at 9:09AM
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