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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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UPDATE:

I now have well over 300 caterpillars ranging from all different levels to adulthood! ( Don't know the precise terminology). I have them indoors in bins, each at they're appropriate size, and the milkweed plants I have growing out side cannot keep up production of the leaves and I'm certain I will run out of milkweed within the week. Do these little guys eat anything besides milkweed?
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I now have well over 300 caterpillars ranging from all different levels to adulthood! ( Don't know the precise terminology). I have them indoors in bins, each at they're appropriate size, and the milkweed plants I have growing out side cannot keep up production of the leaves and I'm certain I will run out of milkweed within the week. Do these little guys eat anything besides milkweed?
My information says no. I can see why some predict that the Monarch is facing difficulties. I thought I was helping them planting some plants but I don't think I planted enough.
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Spraynet ,You're a fine fellow.
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Thanks Vinny,

Now....tell me you have a private stash of milkweed growing along I-95 in FL somewhere!
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Lobster,

I have well over 250 plants, not nearly enough for the amount of catipillars I have.
Next year going to 1000 plants, minimum!!!
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Look for giant milkweed. It will provide a lot more food and the leaves will last longer.

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When i saw this I thought it was a hoax. LOL I bushogged over an acre of milkweed last weekend. Can't get rid of the stuff. It is wild and invasive here. You can have as much live plant or seed as you want. Things things will grow nearly as tall as I am. We have found monarch caterpillars on them at times. The monarchs love our marigolds as well. Wife plants them from seed each year around the house.
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lol...a few weeks back I was doing some bushhogging and was killing the milkweed. I felt kind of bad because there were hundreds of butterflies out around them so I left one last one standing. I never realized how much butterflies liked them until this thread.


Oh, and the field was sprayed with herbicide 2 weeks ago so no more milkweed.
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