Plant Milkweed to Save the Monarchs!
Obtaining seeds - here is a link I found for seeds currently available for sale.
Larner Seeds has narrow leaf milkweed seeds along with many great Cal native seeds. Theodore Payne carries the narrow leaf milkweed and several more unusual varieties of native milkweed.
Michelle says "Annie's Annuals in Richmond has starts. According to CA law, they treat their starts with BT which kills caterpillars in its 1st year or so but at least there would be milkweed in the ground for the following year. All nurseries in CA are like that and I do think it is better than nothing. Calif monarch situation not as urgent so if people planted milkweed this year, it would spread and offer a larger patch for next year."
If you are planting in the spring, here is a Handout. You need to grow them until three inches tall before putting in the ground. In the fall, the seeds can be put right into the ground.
It is important that you obtain the right kind of Milkweed for your area. The wrong kind will make weak butterflies. If you are a non-profit, you can get Milkweed seeds for free! Get more information on planting and seeds from these sites:
Artwork by Julie Newdoll www.brushwithscience.com copyright 2015.
Goal of this website:
Reach people in the USA willing to plant Milkweed to Help Save the Monarch Butterflies
The Monarch butterflies can ONLY lay their eggs on Milkweed, and it is dissapearing due to pesticides and farming practices. YOUR 4-H group, Scout troop, or any willing person can plant Milkweed to get a butterfly icon on the map below. Send us the location and the name you would like dedicated to your butterfly icon and it will be posted on this page in the "Milkweed Log" below.
When your milkweed grows, if you take a picture and send it to us, we will post it below in our "Milkweed Rag", along with any story you have to tell about your experience.
Consider sending other groups a packet of seeds and a letter asking them to plant Milkweed, too! Many groups, such as the 4-H, have lists online. See the Milkweed Rag below for a log and pictures of the planters.
ALERT - Many nurseries, such as Home Depot and Lowe's sell toxic "butterfly and bee friendly" plants. Ask and don't buy them if they are or they don't know.
Lets try to cover up this map with butterflies. Goal: one million plants!
|This map shows where people or groups have planted milkweed. Send me your location if you plant milkweed and you will get a butterfly on the map! Also send pictures and stories if you like for the Milkweed Rag below!|
email firstname.lastname@example.org with the location (city) you planted your Milkweed plants, how many, and any identification of yourself or your group you would like to supply. We will list this here and put a butterfly on the map in your general location.
1 - 6. Michelle - San Mateo County, California.
7-14. San Bruno 4H group.
15-20. San Carlos Home School Group.
21-31. San Carlos Girl Scout Troup.
|Handout on How to Plant Milkweed for your Group Activity |