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Q.Milkweed / Butterfly Weed in containers?

Zone 10025 | Anonymous added on November 18, 2019 | Answered

We’d love to attract monarchs and maybe other butterflies to our small urban rooftop garden. Can milkweed and butterfly weed be grown successfully in large containers? Also, there’s no wild milkweed in the neighborhood. Where can we obtain seeds?

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Answered on November 18, 2019

Yes, you can, but make sure that this container is pretty tall. This grows a taproot that will need plenty of space. We do not recommend places to purchase, but we do recommend doing an Internet search. You will find many providers that will ship to just about anywhere. You might have some native plant nurseries nearby, they are growing in popularity.

This article will give you more information on the care of milkweed: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/milkweed/growing-milkweed.htm

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Answered on November 19, 2019

There are internet sites that can help you find milkweed seeds native to your area.
Xerces.org and MonarchWatch.org

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