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Attract Monarch Butterflies with Milkweed Plants

 

Howdy Gardeners,

 

The connection between milkweed and monarch has become widely known recently. Many people are now aware that although adult Monarch butterflies can nectar on any number of flowers, their offspring caterpillars can only eat milkweed to reach the next stage of growth and become an adult Monarch butterfly.

 

With the sharp decline in the Monarch population I have many customers asking for “Milkweed”. Depending on your location, the types can vary. Here on the west coast we have;California Milkweed(Asclepias californica), Narrow-leaved milkweed(Asclepias fascicularis),Heartleaf Milkweed(Asclepias cordifolia), Wooly Milkweed(Asclepias vestita), and a few others. Since they are common to our area they are easy to grow 

 

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Simply break up clay soil of the area you plan to use with a quality garden soil and take care not to damage roots of the plant. Since milkweed is reported as drought tolerant but will grow more lush with moist conditions. It can be a great seed producer. That's great news for sharing, or keeping yourself well supplied, but not great news if you have concerns about excess weeding or the plant's spread to other areas.

 



 

I recommend growing them milkweed plants in mixed borders, meadows and natural areas. Grow milkweed plants with tubular-shaped, shorter flowers in front of them to offer more pollen to bees, hummingbirds, and of course butterflies.

 

 

Remember: because these plants are sustaining the life of Monarch caterpillars, it's a good idea to thoroughly rinse the plant to make sure is free of any foreign chemicals. 

 

Happy Gardening,

 

Coach Dave


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Posted 2015-06-02T00:55:05+0000  by Dave_HD_OC Dave_HD_OC
 
 

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