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Old 02-17-2019, 07:14 AM
 
Location: The Driftless Area, WI
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Nice article on the miracle of Monarchs and some encouraging words on why they're not really endangered-- just the migrating population may be under some pressure. Monarchs are distributed world-wide, with only the N.American variety a significant migrator. (" I didn't know that."-- Dick Martin)


https://wattsupwiththat.com/2019/02/...rious-monarch/
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Old Yesterday, 06:43 AM
 
Location: SW Florida
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When I started planning my garden I picked out a milkweed plant because I thought it was pretty. The lady at the nursery told me all about Monarchs and how they only lay their eggs on the milkweed so I bought three plants. This was in May of last year. Since then I have purchased about 15 plants in total and witnessed the miracle of the Monarchs flying around, laying their eggs, turning into caterpillars, then a beautiful jade green chrysalis with gold trim and finally emerging as a butterfly. Here in Florida they seem to propagate year round.

The milkweed I bought at the big box stores must have pesticides of some kind on them as those few plants had many Monarchs with deformed wings who would never been able to fly. Now I buy my plants strictly from a reputable nursery.
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Old Yesterday, 06:53 AM
 
Location: The Driftless Area, WI
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The milkweed I bought at the big box stores must have pesticides of some kind on them as those few plants had many Monarchs with deformed wings who would never been able to fly. Now I buy my plants strictly from a reputable nursery.

Try saving & planting your own seeds. Give extras to neighbors. https://monarchbutterflygarden.net/h...eeds-no-fluff/
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Old Yesterday, 08:40 AM
 
Location: Nantahala National Forest, NC
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When I started planning my garden I picked out a milkweed plant because I thought it was pretty. The lady at the nursery told me all about Monarchs and how they only lay their eggs on the milkweed so I bought three plants. This was in May of last year. Since then I have purchased about 15 plants in total and witnessed the miracle of the Monarchs flying around, laying their eggs, turning into caterpillars, then a beautiful jade green chrysalis with gold trim and finally emerging as a butterfly. Here in Florida they seem to propagate year round.

The milkweed I bought at the big box stores must have pesticides of some kind on them as those few plants had many Monarchs with deformed wings who would never been able to fly. Now I buy my plants strictly from a reputable nursery.

Good horticulture therapy for you!


I did a research paper on this when in horticulture school....all ages and disabilities can enjoy gardening with raised beds, etc. Did a short visit at some venues with h. t. for the elderly and one for disadvantaged families...they all demonstrated interest and pride in their efforts...they were happy doing these activities.
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Old Today, 06:08 AM
 
Location: SW Florida
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Hmm, I'm liking the idea of a raised bed. I have so many milkweed and I keep some inside my screened lanai and rotate them so they have a chance to grow more leaves as the caterpillars completely denude the plants. That's why I haven't planted all of them in the ground but if I leave them in the pots from the nursery they have to be watered every single day.

I have tried planting from seeds without much luck Guido.
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