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ALL NEW ORDERS WILL WAIT 2-3 WEEKS BEFORE WE CAN SHIP DUE TO HIGH DEMAND.

UPDATE- NEW PLANTS ARE SHIPPING TO AREAS ABOVE 40F NIGHT TIME TEMPS

Any order placed will be put on our pile (NEW ORDERS WILL WAIT 2-3 WEEKS) and shipped as soon as the weather is safe for shipping and payments have been processed. We will send an email or call before we ship so you know when to expect delivery. The Polar vortexes of 2014 have caused delays so please be patient. We ship every week to the oldest orders in our pile first, please respect this line and all the others who are on it.

Take advantage of this easy way to hold a spot in line for Milkweed plants. Demand is very high and this might be your only chance to get low cost, pre-grown milkweed ready to plant in your gardens in time for the Monarch Migration. Please put any special information on the order form like the date you would like delivery and size of your classroom if you are a school.

Thank you for your help to save the Monarch Migration. LMF Staff

 

Living Plants Milkweed = Monarchs     A simple equation!

Milkweed Plants (arrive ready for you to plant)

Most peat pots will have TWO STEMS = TWO PLANTS to cut down on weight and the cost of postage. See picture... the right peat pot has two plants. You do not have to separate, they like growing together. Example: you order 10 plants and get 6 peat pots with 11 stems, that is 11 plants in 6 peat pots- always count your stems.

Get a 45 day jump start on seeds by buying Rooted milkweed cuttings as pictured to the right. Asclepais curassavica: red , yellow and orange flowers. These are not quite large enough to feed a caterpillar, but will grow quickly and attract Monarchs to your garden. Type quantity below. Milkweed prefers full sun with light fertilizer for fastest growth. You can always order caterpillars later when your garden is full of milkweed plants. You can never have too many! One Monarch can lay 600 eggs.
Rooted Milkweed Cuttings

We include extras in larger orders for free! These plants will be large enough to keep pace with a hungry growing caterpillar within a few weeks of new growth time! Please plan ahead so you do not have starving caterpillars. We ship perfect pesticide free Milkweed plants like these pictured...however lack of light during 3-4 day shipment will result in some yellow or dead leaves. 99% of the time even sad looking plants recover fast and will grow into a beautiful milkweed food source for your fluttering friends.
We no not use any pesticides, only beneficial bugs to keep pests in check - while we wash and carefully inspect every plant before we ship - if you see some orange dots on your plants, these are oleander aphids, you can squish them or soak your plants in water for 5 minutes to drown them...Soapy water will suffocate any pests on your plants...wash off residue.

During extreme weather express shipping may be necessary to keep plants alive and is highly reccomened for all larger orders. We typically ship orders of 20 or more by Priority mail but do not guarantee their typical delivery times of 2-5 business days.

Extra Notes: Asclepais curassavica is the only type we grow for sale. It is a southern variety that is favored by profesional breeders and Monarchs throughout North America, it grows fast but will not survive a hard freeze. Save the thousand seeds it can easily produce and you are set for next year with plenty to share. It is a great choice, but if you want cold hardy plants we have Speciosa seeds for northern climates. There are many types of milkweed but few sources for seeds and plants for most. Support your local nurseries and ask them to carry local varieties of Milkweed- Pesticide free !

MILKWEED GROWING INSTRUCTIONS & SAFETY

 

We support local producers and hope you seek out native varieties.

If you can not find a local supplier or resource become one. Share your knowledge, plants and seeds.

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Asclepias-curassavica - This is hands down the favorite egg laying and food plant of Monarchs. This is the only type we offer as pregrown plants. fast growing produces as much as 1,000 seeds per plant to save and share. Use as a backup resource when local varieties are exhausted. The seeds we supply are ready to plant no special preparation necessary. <8 day germination at 70F. Asclepias-syriaca - also know as common Milkweed this was once the major diet of the Monarchs. A 4' plant with large thick leaves that feed many Monarchs. Will survive winters and a prolific seed producer. We ship this type first until our supplies are exhausted then switch to speciosa for Northern regions. Germination is variable dependent on source. typically <10 days

Asclepias-speciosa - A beautiful plant up to 4' tall with large thick leaves that feed many Monarchs. Will survive winters and a prolific seed producer. The seed we supply are ready to plant no special "stratification" necessary. <14 day germination.

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