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Mar 17, 2018 12:37 PM CST
7b
Hi all
Anyone tried Butterfly weed in container?
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Mar 17, 2018 1:40 PM CST
Name: Big Bill
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I grow it in containers with Pentas! They draw in numerous butterflies.
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Mar 17, 2018 3:41 PM CST
7b
Oh wow !!! How big is the container h x w
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Mar 17, 2018 3:51 PM CST
Name: Big Bill
Livonia Michigan (Zone 6a)
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16" round ceramic containers. About 20 inches deep.
The butterfly weeds, three plants, are in the center and they get staked individually.
One container has cranberry red Pentas, the second one white and the third one cranberry. I see several Monarchs visit, Painted Ladies, and a few species of "skippers". The three Pentas are planted like a 12 o'clock, 4 and 8. The 4 and 8 face the yard.
Orchid lecturer, teacher and judge. Retired Wildlife Biologist. Supervisor of a nature preserve up until I retired.
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Mar 17, 2018 5:42 PM CST
7b
Ok I'll get a 16 x20 ceramic really excited to plant this now
How do you take care of it
Mulch and fertilizer?
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Mar 17, 2018 6:15 PM CST
Name: Big Bill
Livonia Michigan (Zone 6a)
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I use Miracle Grow potting soil and then plant the plants. Miracle grow has pretty good water retention.
I water as often as weather dictates. I never let them dry out, evenly moist is good but not sopping wet.
A couple of weeks after planting I feed with Dynamite slow realease fertilizer, 18-18-18, one healthy teaspoon around the base of each penta. Then a tbsp. sprinkled at the base of the butterfly weeds. That fertilizer lasts for the entire growing season.
Make sure container has a drainage hole.
Orchid lecturer, teacher and judge. Retired Wildlife Biologist. Supervisor of a nature preserve up until I retired.
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Mar 17, 2018 7:01 PM CST
7b
Thank you for the info
I can't wait to plant it but never looked into pentas
Will research some
I was planning to plant some miniature Veronica plants !!
Thank You!
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Mar 17, 2018 7:38 PM CST
Name: Big Bill
Livonia Michigan (Zone 6a)
If you need to relax, grow plants!!
Bee Lover Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Orchids Region: Michigan Hostas Growing under artificial light
Echinacea Critters Allowed Cat Lover Butterflies Birds Region: United States of America
Welcome!
Orchid lecturer, teacher and judge. Retired Wildlife Biologist. Supervisor of a nature preserve up until I retired.
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