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Tkhan
Mar 17, 2018 12:37 PM CST
Hi all
Anyone tried Butterfly weed in container?
Name: Bill
Livonia, Michigan (Zone 6a)
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BigBill
Mar 17, 2018 1:40 PM CST
I grow it in containers with Pentas! They draw in numerous butterflies.
"Our children are the messages we send to a time that we will never see."
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Tkhan
Mar 17, 2018 3:41 PM CST
Oh wow !!! How big is the container h x w
Name: Bill
Livonia, Michigan (Zone 6a)
Orchid Judge
Region: United States of America Echinacea Hostas Region: Michigan Butterflies Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge)
Orchids Cat Lover Birds Dahlias
BigBill
Mar 17, 2018 3:51 PM CST
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.
"Our children are the messages we send to a time that we will never see."
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Tkhan
Mar 17, 2018 5:42 PM CST
Ok I'll get a 16 x20 ceramic really excited to plant this now
How do you take care of it
Mulch and fertilizer?
Name: Bill
Livonia, Michigan (Zone 6a)
Orchid Judge
Region: United States of America Echinacea Hostas Region: Michigan Butterflies Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge)
Orchids Cat Lover Birds Dahlias
BigBill
Mar 17, 2018 6:15 PM CST
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.
"Our children are the messages we send to a time that we will never see."
[Last edited by BigBill - Mar 17, 2018 6:16 PM (+)]
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Tkhan
Mar 17, 2018 7:01 PM CST
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!
Name: Bill
Livonia, Michigan (Zone 6a)
Orchid Judge
Region: United States of America Echinacea Hostas Region: Michigan Butterflies Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge)
Orchids Cat Lover Birds Dahlias
BigBill
Mar 17, 2018 7:38 PM CST
Welcome!
"Our children are the messages we send to a time that we will never see."

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