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Old 05-19-2017, 03:33 PM   #41
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Grow it from seed. Tons of videos. Simple, considering it is a weed

From seed it flowers the third season. Even planting an existing plant may go dormant for a year without flowering.

I hunted through so much of that stuff in the fall and never realized the importance to butterflies.
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Any sources to purchase some?
Your local grocery store? Anise is the seed used in Italian sausage that has a licorice flavor. Very common.

Passion flower vines, not so much. They are available at Home Depot and Lowes. They are a tropical and won't take a hard freeze. But not expensive by any means.

Part of the beauty of a desert climate. I have plumeria, hibiscus, and other tropicals all over the yard. Even a papaya growing on the patio. But one hard freeze, I'm screwed.
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Lots of milkweed plants, well over 100 in a 12 X 12 area. 10 days ago, counted 29 big fat catipillars. Now, all are gone, nowhere to be found.

WTH happened?

I go out this morning, I count 11 really small catipillars. No sign of cocoons anywhere!

Was I supposed to cover the area with mesh?
I never saw any birds feasting!

Very weird.
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Spray, there are different strains of milkweed. Did you get the right one for Florida? Hope so!

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Spray, there are different strains of milkweed. Did you get the right one for Florida? Hope so!

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Yes, I made sure of that! The THT member that sent me all the seeds is from FL. I'm hoping he see's this thread, because I totally forgot who he is!

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Question....

Would raccoons, opossums, black bears, skunks, eat them! I'm under the impression that they're poisonous, maybe not.
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They won't hang a cocoon on milkweed because their siblings might eat the support branch. The gf would bring potted milkweed and caterpillars inside the screened lanai and they'd crawl 10 to 20 feet away and hang on the screen, aluminum cross bars, and other plants. What do you have nearby?

The ones left outside disappear; I'm not sure if they get eaten or hide the cocoons well.
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I just sprayed about 2 acres trying to get rid of these and now people want to buy them...figures
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They won't hang a cocoon on milkweed because their siblings might eat the support branch. The gf would bring potted milkweed and caterpillars inside the screened lanai and they'd crawl 10 to 20 feet away and hang on the screen, aluminum cross bars, and other plants. What do you have nearby?

The ones left outside disappear; I'm not sure if they get eaten or hide the cocoons well.


I have several 4ft poles stacked a crossed just above all the milkweed plants. But, theyre totally out in the open and exposed. Not sure if thats the problem.
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I just sprayed about 2 acres trying to get rid of these and now people want to buy them...figures
X2.. Darn milk weed grows wild all over the place here in Vermont. Cant stand it when it gets in my hay fields. Spraynet I will be in NSB at the end of August. I will bring you a truck load.
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X2.. Darn milk weed grows wild all over the place here in Vermont. Cant stand it when it gets in my hay fields. Spraynet I will be in NSB at the end of August. I will bring you a truck load.


From what I've been told and from what I've read, milkweed must be fairly specific to a region for it to grow and be utilized by the butterflies.

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