Early Milkweed for the Monarchs: Overwintering milkweed so the Monarchs will have host plants early in the spring

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Early Milkweed for the Monarchs

By frostweed
October 20, 2013

Asclepias curassavica is not winter hardy here in North Central Texas, so in order to have fresh milkweed ready for the Monarchs as they return from their wintering in Mexico, I keep milkweed in large pots and bring them into the garage during freezing weather and then take them out again when the danger of frost is past. This way, I have plants for them to lay their eggs on in the spring.

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MoSunshineGirl
Oct 26, 2013 8:56 PM CST
Frostweed,
I am in SW Missouri, and my milkweed hardly ever is up in time for the monarchs coming north out of Mexico. I am going to try this next summer, it is a great idea!
I have taken cuttings this year. I saw somewhere that someone did this, and by springtime, they were rooted enough to stick in the ground early spring. But I think I didn't take them soon enough, they have already turned brown. I might of let them get a good chill before I cut them and brought them in. I've already tossed them.
I have an issue dealing with houseplants in the winter. I have 3 cats that want to chew, scratch and eat anything I might bring in. But, I could get some milkweed going in pots, and hopefully they would survive in my garage too.... definitely worth a try.
Thanks for the idea.
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frostweed
Oct 26, 2013 10:10 PM CST
You are welcome, it works great for me in the garage. Good luck with it. Smiling
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crittergarden
Feb 26, 2014 1:36 PM CST
Limits sought on weed killer glyphosate (ROUNDUP) to help monarch butterflies

http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-monarch-...


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Name: josephine
Arlington, Texas (Zone 8a)
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frostweed
Feb 26, 2014 3:17 PM CST
I hope they can do something about slowing down the use of herbicides, it will be a tough fight.
We are doing our part, but we need more private gardens where we can grow plants without herbicides or pesticides.
I have three gardens where I grow all the plants organically, and try to provide native plants for all the local butterflies. Smiling
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crittergarden
Feb 26, 2014 3:47 PM CST
It's the industrial scale farmers and landscapers we have to get the attention of. MONSANTO developed Roundup and then went to work on GMO crops to resist Roundup so the farmers can spray their whole fields for weeds without killing their crop.
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Arlington, Texas (Zone 8a)
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frostweed
Feb 26, 2014 4:33 PM CST
Yes, we are up against the big guys, unfortunately. Glare
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crittergarden
Feb 26, 2014 4:36 PM CST
Way of the world.
SO FAR.
We can change the world by not accepting that reality.
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