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  • Answered by
    roseman on
    September 9, 2012
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    The only way to get rid of the aphids is to continue doing what you are doing or hand pick them off and squish them. Use of a chemical would likely cause problems for the butterfles. The only other thing you could try is to buy some Ladybugs and set them free at night by the milkweed plants. Perhaps you could check out some of the Safer brand of insecticides and see if they have any residual effects, if not they may work and not hard the caterpillars. Read the labels well!

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  • Answered by
    shelley on
    March 25, 2015
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    Milkweed does best in a full sun location.

    For more information on growing milkweed, please visit the following link:
    https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/milkweed/growing-milkweed.htm

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  • Answered by
    shelley on
    May 26, 2015
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    Milkweed is propagated by both seed and rhizome cuttings. Details on how to do this can be found in the following USDA article (PDF):

    https://bit.ly/1JS27xf

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    Downtoearthdigs on
    June 5, 2015
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    Downtoearthdigs on
    July 28, 2015
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    Since these are not too difficult to control, hand pulling would be most effective, especally while the soil is wet. If you haven't had any rain, simply soak the area for about 15 minutes or so beforehand. You can also spot treat the plants with something like Round-up, taking care not to spray the grass. An effective way to accomplish this is by using a shield of some kind, like a piece of carboard. Also, avooid spraying if it's windy.

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  • Answered by
    shelley on
    August 11, 2015
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    Milkweed does not transplant well because of its very long taproot so you would just need to be sure to dig deep enough to get most of the tap root. And, be sure to keep the soil moist after replanting so that the roots get get acclimated.

    For more information on milkweed, please visit the following link:
    https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/milkweed/growing-milkweed.htm

    Happy gardening!

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  • Answered by
    Downtoearthdigs on
    August 17, 2015
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    Planting more flowers that attract butterflies can help.
    You are doing all the right things and would keep up the good work.
    Also a water source can help.

    https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/beneficial/butterfly-garden-plants.htm

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