In February I heard about a crisis in the Monarch Butterfly population. After doing a little reading I discovered that the Monarch Butterflies need Milkweed plants, it’s the only thing that the larvae can eat. So I ordered some rooted milkweed cuttings from Live Monarch.com to plant in my yard. They also offer free seeds!
This is what the rooted milkweed cuttings looked like when they arrived. I was very pleased with their overall condition considering they were packed in a box and shipped half way across the country!
It’s actually still not safe to plant anything outside here in Saint Paul, MN if you want it to survive, we can still dip below freezing at night and the “Official Safe to Plant Things” date is Memorial Day.
I have transplanted these milkweed plants into yogurt containers, it’s a good thing I just happened to have 50 of these stored in my garage! This will keep them happy and healthy I hope, until Memorial Day. I ordered 100 cuttings and there are two in each yogurt container
I’m so excited about this that I went back to the Live Monarch site and have also order a bunch of seeds. I’m thinking of turning a large chunk of my backyard into a wildflower garden, mowing grass is way overrated!
I’m looking forward to seeing Monarchs in my yard this year!
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