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Old 08-25-2015, 07:20 AM
 
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I have a nice long list of Florida native larval and nectar plants specifically for feeding the Monarch butterfly and its caterpillars, but I'm not able to find many of them. I went to a nursery in Palm City but apparently I didn't make it clear enough that I wanted only plants for the Monarch and went home with and planted several plants that were indeed for butterflies but not for Monarchs.

I know of a place in Boca where one can send away for seeds for Monarch-friendly plants, and I will do that, but I'd like to get a few more plants in the ground now if I could. Anyone?
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Old 08-25-2015, 07:24 AM
 
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Thisthelewood or something like that is the plant for the Monarch. Look for them in smaller plant stores, for the big ones don't carry them.
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Old 08-25-2015, 08:40 AM
 
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Try Ric's in Fort Pierce. I would call and ask them first.
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Old 08-25-2015, 09:01 AM
 
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Do your research thoroughly & ahead of time perhaps via the internet or the phone so that you have some ideas before you venture out & do a lot of leg work in visiting more nurseries.
I bought 4 milkweed plants of 2 different varieties from a local nursery in my area. They were specifically intended to attract the monarchs & I planted them all near my row of butterfly bushes.
Turns out that 2 of them grew really tall & were gangly & constantly suffered from massive aphid infestations. I eventually removed those 2 tall plants because they were so terribly unsightly & seemed to be unhealthy.
The other 2 milkweeds I bought were of a different variety & in contrast grew very low to the ground & actually bloomed while suffering no attack from aphids.
I've yet to see any sign of monarchs on or around them & only last week saw my first monarch of the season. It was floating on and around my butterfly bushes. Being such a rare & thus bittersweet occasion, I called my friend out of the house to take in the now incredibly rare sight of a monarch.
Best of luck to you in your own efforts to atract & nourish the monarch!
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Old 08-25-2015, 09:44 AM
 
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>Thisthelewood or something like that is the plant for the Monarch. Look for them in smaller plant stores, for the big ones don't carry them.

Perhaps you mean milkweed? Actually, Home Depot and Lowe's both sell a type of milkweed, but for $25 for a 1 gal. plant!!
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Old 08-25-2015, 11:18 AM
 
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Try online nursery rain tree nursery. They have good selection and good service. I bought some fruit trees from them and all grew well.

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Old 09-14-2015, 01:23 PM
 
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My daughter ordered Milkweeds on contribution to the organization Live Monarch in Boca Raton. They determine the best milkweeds for you based on where you live. Their website is LiveMonarch.com.
A word of warning...lowes and Home Depot have butterfly garden areas, but you have to be careful as many of the plants they carry are treated with Neonicotinoids
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Old 09-17-2015, 03:52 PM
 
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[quote=PLBR;41198452]My daughter ordered Milkweeds on contribution to the organization Live Monarch in Boca Raton.

Thanks. I found them a couple of weeks ago and 20 live plants just arrived yesterday! Awaiting these deluges to stop before I plant them.
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Old 10-11-2015, 04:04 PM
 
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This year Home Depot had lots and lots of Milkweed in addition to Pentas, Lantana and the more usual assortment of butterfly plants. The milkweeds were in nice larger containers and most had three or more "weeds" growing so I was able to separate mine and spread them throughout our yard.
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