The Hull Truth - Boating and Fishing Forum

Go Back   >
Search


Like Tree1Likes
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 05-18-2017, 10:46 AM   #1
Admirals Club
Thread Starter
 
spraynet 1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Sanford, FL
Posts: 7,015
Default Quality, reasonable source for Milkweed plants?

Just received an order of 1 type of milkweed plant from a supplier on e-bay. Service was outstanding, shipping was quick, but the plant itself.

I paid $24 bucks for one milkweed plant that has one thin stalk, and 11 leaves on the top.

To say I'm disappointed is an understatement.

Looking to start an area in my yard that will attracked butterflies. I want larger plants so that I don't have to wait 3 - 5 years for them to be 3ft tall.

Any places you folks order from that you like the plants and the price is decent?

As always...
spraynet 1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-18-2017, 10:54 AM   #2
Senior MemberCaptains Club MemberPLEDGER
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: SC
Posts: 6,610
Default

Got any woods nearby? Grab your shovel, and a bucket and get after it.
autobaun70 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-18-2017, 10:56 AM   #3
Senior MemberCaptains Club Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Connecticut
Posts: 8,181
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by autobaun70 View Post
Got any woods nearby? Grab your shovel, and a bucket and get after it.


They actually sell them?
richinct is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-18-2017, 10:57 AM   #4
Admirals Club
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: New Hampshire
Posts: 5,020
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by spraynet 1 View Post
Just received an order of 1 type of milkweed plant from a supplier on e-bay. Service was outstanding, shipping was quick, but the plant itself.

I paid $24 bucks for one milkweed plant that has one thin stalk, and 11 leaves on the top.

To say I'm disappointed is an understatement.

Looking to start an area in my yard that will attracked butterflies. I want larger plants so that I don't have to wait 3 - 5 years for them to be 3ft tall.

Any places you folks order from that you like the plants and the price is decent?

As always...
I should have around 7 acres of them in August. Let me see if I can figure out a way to ship.

BTW They are butterfly crack.
Qb1rdman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-18-2017, 11:16 AM   #5
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2014
Location: Safety Harbor FL
Posts: 129
Default

My wife has been finding them at Lowes and Home Depot. We have a nice butterfly nursery going. When they form seed pods she saves them, does something to get them ready and plants the seeds.

I would recommend you find a continuing source of milk weed to replenish them as they get eaten by the caterpillars. You will be amazed by the amount they can eat in a day. If you just have a few plants they will be sticks in no time.

They do grow back but you won't have enough to sustain any population. We picked 100+ caterpillars in one day and transferred them to a large netted enclosure with 5 knee high plants to protect them from lizards and a fly and wasp that attacks them.

Once you have an area established the milkweed seems to be able to sustain itself with the plants growing larger and putting off enough seeds for new growth.

Good Luck!
rob130 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-18-2017, 11:35 AM   #6
Admirals Club
Thread Starter
 
spraynet 1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Sanford, FL
Posts: 7,015
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Qb1rdman View Post
I should have around 7 acres of them in August. Let me see if I can figure out a way to ship.

BTW They are butterfly crack.

That is what I've been told, I just can't do much with one plant.
If you were not joking about shipping, I will pay for your efforts plus shipping.
Or, if your close enough I can drive up, didn't check your location though. Thanks again.



Quote:
Originally Posted by rob130 View Post
My wife has been finding them at Lowes and Home Depot. We have a nice butterfly nursery going. When they form seed pods she saves them, does something to get them ready and plants the seeds.

I would recommend you find a continuing source of milk weed to replenish them as they get eaten by the caterpillars. You will be amazed by the amount they can eat in a day. If you just have a few plants they will be sticks in no time.

They do grow back but you won't have enough to sustain any population. We picked 100+ caterpillars in one day and transferred them to a large netted enclosure with 5 knee high plants to protect them from lizards and a fly and wasp that attacks them.

Once you have an area established the milkweed seems to be able to sustain itself with the plants growing larger and putting off enough seeds for new growth.

Good Luck!
I will most certainly look there over the weekend, thank you. Finding that source is the problem it seems. When I was growing up, milkweed was everywhere in the North East. Down here in FL, I never see any growing wild. Maybe I just don't recognize the plants anymore.

If your wife feels generous enough, and has enough seeds, I would pay her the going rate plus shipping if she can spare any. ( sorry, not good at asking for anything!)

I'm still going to look for mature plants, but at $24 bucks per stick, I'd need 2 grand to fill up a 4 X 8 area..


Keep those replies comming
spraynet 1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-18-2017, 11:37 AM   #7
Admirals Club
Thread Starter
 
spraynet 1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Sanford, FL
Posts: 7,015
Default

your in NH!!!

Road trip for milkweed..
old4x4 likes this.
spraynet 1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-18-2017, 11:38 AM   #8
Admirals Club
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: New Hampshire
Posts: 5,020
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by spraynet 1 View Post
your in NH!!!

Road trip for milkweed..
I'll throw in some maple syrup.
Qb1rdman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-18-2017, 11:40 AM   #9
Admirals Club
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: New Hampshire
Posts: 5,020
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by spraynet 1 View Post
your in NH!!!

Road trip for milkweed..
I-95 from NH to FL with a back seat full of green plants...wonder how many times you would get pulled over?
Qb1rdman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-18-2017, 11:43 AM   #10
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2014
Location: Safety Harbor FL
Posts: 129
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by spraynet 1 View Post
That is what I've been told, I just can't do much with one plant.
If you were not joking about shipping, I will pay for your efforts plus shipping.
Or, if your close enough I can drive up, didn't check your location though. Thanks again.





I will most certainly look there over the weekend, thank you. Finding that source is the problem it seems. When I was growing up, milkweed was everywhere in the North East. Down here in FL, I never see any growing wild. Maybe I just don't recognize the plants anymore.

If your wife feels generous enough, and has enough seeds, I would pay her the going rate plus shipping if she can spare any. ( sorry, not good at asking for anything!)

I'm still going to look for mature plants, but at $24 bucks per stick, I'd need 2 grand to fill up a 4 X 8 area..


Keep those replies comming
I'll check with her when I get home. Also will find out what she pays for the plants. It's hit or miss if they are in stock so a call ahead might be in order.

The seeds pop up pretty fast. Some are about 6 inches tall already (2 weeks).
rob130 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-18-2017, 11:59 AM   #11
Admirals Club
Thread Starter
 
spraynet 1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Sanford, FL
Posts: 7,015
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Qb1rdman View Post
I-95 from NH to FL with a back seat full of green plants...wonder how many times you would get pulled over?
Oh crap.....better tint the Windows.
spraynet 1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-18-2017, 12:00 PM   #12
Admirals Club
Thread Starter
 
spraynet 1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Sanford, FL
Posts: 7,015
Default

Half a foot in two weeks, holy crap.

Now, I've checked on the seeds, and they ain't cheap either, but, if they grow THAT fast, and I could plant an area say 4 X 8 I may just get butterflies this year.
spraynet 1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-18-2017, 12:54 PM   #13
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Lake Murray, SC
Posts: 4,192
Default

Tons of seeds at Amazon in the 3 to 5 buck range for 100 seeds.
https://www.amazon.com/Milkweed-Ascl.../dp/B00OX2FTYI
jrolin1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-18-2017, 12:57 PM   #14
Admirals Club
 
Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: PB/LJ/CM/SD/CA/USA
Posts: 108
Default

And once you have them they put out so many seeds you will never get rid of them! Butterfly gardens are and awesome thing to have for the environment and especially f you have children.

Mike
miguelitro is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-18-2017, 01:16 PM   #15
Admirals Club
 
Join Date: Jun 2014
Location: Anderson SC
Posts: 3,767
Default

Wouldn't you want Butterfly Bushes?
cphilip is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-18-2017, 01:36 PM   #16
Admirals Club
iTrader: (1)
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: Palm Beach County
Posts: 6,355
Trader Rating: 1 (100%+)
Default

There is a butterfly place in boca raton that my mom buys seeds from, it's cheap like $15 for 1000 seeds. A few ladies even said she could have some of their plants for free if she came and dug them up. I don't know the name I'm sure google can help.
WPBTH is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-18-2017, 02:21 PM   #17
Admirals Club
Thread Starter
 
spraynet 1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Sanford, FL
Posts: 7,015
Default

Just found a great place, in Boca Raton, same place one if the posters named most likely.
They sell seeds dirt cheap.

livemonarch.com

Seems like a great place. 1000 seeds for $20.00

Thanks everyone
spraynet 1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-18-2017, 02:23 PM   #18
Admirals Club
Thread Starter
 
spraynet 1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Sanford, FL
Posts: 7,015
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by cphilip View Post
Wouldn't you want Butterfly Bushes?
Already have those, want the milkweed, that's really brings them in.
spraynet 1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-18-2017, 02:33 PM   #19
Admirals Club
 
Join Date: Dec 2015
Location: East Central Florida
Posts: 146
Default

Home Depot and Lowes have them for 5 dollars a plant
saltyreefer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-18-2017, 03:20 PM   #20
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2014
Location: Safety Harbor FL
Posts: 129
Default

Talked to the wife. She has seeds ready for planting. PM me your address and Ill send them to you. Gratis. She also said dont buy from lowes. Too much pesticide that causes bfly deformation. The seeds I send are free of all that.

Out in the country around you should be a nursery that should have what you need also for grown plants.

Many people are doing bfly gardens and there is a shortage of plants.

The wife travels from Safety Harbor down to Sarasota miles east of 75 to a nursery that is well stocked and pesticide free. Should be one near you?

She gets about 5 different plants to support the varied species in our area.

She loves it and I like to help.
rob130 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -7. The time now is 02:48 AM.


©2009 TheHullTruth.com

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.9.3.0
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.