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Old 01-24-2015, 09:35 AM   #1
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Over this past Summer, we had 15 (FIFTEEN!) Monarch caterpillars hatch on a random vine in our yard.
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Old 01-24-2015, 10:09 AM   #2
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I just discovered climbing milkweed this fall. It volunteered in a neighbor's yard and was so "enthusiastic" that she was debating whether to leave it or not. (Once we figured out what it was, I think I convinced her to leave a little of it somewhere.)
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Old 01-24-2015, 11:46 AM   #3
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I have never heard of climbing milkweed. Love the picture with the Monarch cats.
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I don't think that milkweed grows in Michigan. Look at those big FAT caterpillars!!!
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Old 01-25-2015, 01:31 AM   #5
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I don't think that milkweed grows in Michigan.
The two milkweed vines in Ohio (including this one) don't go north to Michigan. But you have some milkweed we don't have.
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Old 01-25-2015, 10:59 AM   #6
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The two milkweed vines in Ohio (including this one) don't go north to Michigan. But you have some milkweed we don't have.
I've been doing some research and finding out that we have a LOT more milkweeds in MI than I was aware of. I'm looking forward to adding some of them to my landscape. Currently, I have Common and I have Butterfly Weed. I've winter-sowed seeds for Poke, Rose and Whorled.
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Old 01-25-2015, 04:13 PM   #7
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Been looking for Poke Milkweed myself. Has been on sale but it gets sold out before I can get it. Also Whorled for the sandy plains at my parents. Recently got Purple Milkweed, which seems to thrive on edge conditions (part sun in moist soil), which I have a lot of here.
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My friend gave me Swamp Milkweed plants this fall. She sells the seeds if anyone wants some. I have an area of Common Milkweed too.
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There is great concern about people growing non-native or the wrong milkweed to raise the cats. Please do some good research beforehand. There is a group on facebook dedicated to the raising of Monarchs, recognizing parasites and disease, feeding properly. It's called "The Beautiful Monarch". You will find helpful links to anything you need to know, and people to ask. Good luck in your ventures!
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There is great concern about people growing non-native or the wrong milkweed to raise the cats. Please do some good research beforehand. There is a group on facebook dedicated to the raising of Monarchs, recognizing parasites and disease, feeding properly. It's called "The Beautiful Monarch". You will find helpful links to anything you need to know, and people to ask.
Tropical milkweed lovers abound on that Facebook page including the person who provided me with tropical milkweed. They believe fairy gardeners are going to magically appear and cut back all the tropical milkweed that has escaped into the wild.

They also push South African milkweed and butterfly bush.

Monarchs are an industry now. More than a few people on that page make $ off monarchs. One of them got the boot from here. Much easier to convince yourself that you're not hurting monarchs when you're making $ off the questionable things you're promoting. "All plants are native to Planet Earth" says the guy who makes $ off selling "Free" seeds, eggs, and caterpillars.
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