which milkweed is bad for monarchs

See the contradiction there? Please help. I am going to plant tropical again this year after thinking long and hard about it this winter. When my last two monarchs emerged in December, there was nothing blooming. I have not investigated whether or not the southeastern tuberosa is a subspecies or not of the northern tuberosa. This gives the impression you’re a mean spirited person with a bad attitude. If you put common in a place where it can be easily controlled, you will learn to appreciate it more. I plan to do it very carefully but I don’t know how sensitive the plant is, I wouldn’t want it to get damaged during the re-potting. Our garden is small, so many of the true natives just won’t do in our garden. I try to encourage people to diversify their milkweed, because having more varieties helps to insure you’ll always have viable milkweed that’s ready to support monarch life. It is important to help the habitats, not just the monarch butterflies. The article is titled Is Tropical Milkweed Killing Monarch Butterflies? The vast majority made it to eclosion and all of them were large, strong and gorgeous specimens. Yes there are some concerns, but if one is aware of the Monarch cycle, and depending where you live the concerns can be minimized, and the fact the the Monarchs themselves pig out on it, I will say, thank goodness we have it!!! While the Monarch butterfly is not in danger of extinction, the miraculous migration is definitely in danger of extinction. I also check for OE and I raise the cats on native milkweed. Bottom line here - it is now clear that tropical milkweed is hindering the monarch migration. It is the latest nectar plant on our property and can withstand light frosts. Good luck with your garden! I didn’t know about the controversy but I do cut mine back a couple of times a year to encourage fresh new growth. I can see trying to prevent late egg laying by the monarchs on the tropical milkweeds. Monarchs that ate native milkweed had comparable survival rates at both current and higher temperatures. For instance, goldenrod flowering coincides with Monarch migration. Glyphosate herbicide is off patent and their are hundreds of manufacturers. What is this plant? Although that might not sound like such a bad thing, it poses a great threat to monarchs – it hosts a parasite called Ophryocystis elektroscirrha (OE). It’s also fast growing and easy to propagate…aren’t these important qualities in a time when loss of habitat is decreasing the milkweed supply? Rather, it is winter-breeding that leads to increased parasitism, and tropical milkweed planted in warm areas of the U.S. enables monarchs to winter-breed. Hi Colleen, in places where tropical milkweed grows year round more precautions should be taken to decrease potential spread of disease and to encourage the fall migration. I agree with Paul Cherubini, and I also question the Georgia research projects that go on and on about o.e. And, I watched wasps bite into 5th instar larva and destroy it. I think we’ll win if we keep going. Moreover, even as adults (when monarchs no longer eat milkweed), they are still able to sequester the toxins that they ingested as larvae. Today I saw a very large caterpillar eating a hole in a green milkweed seedpod. Thank you. There are more than 100 different species of milkweed, and they are not all created equally. There are many, many plants that produce nectar after milkweed is done blooming, natives & non-invasive non-natives. So i’m debating. Have a fantastic season! I feel like planting this species that far north wouldn’t contribute much to and issue in continued migration, with such a short season the stragglers or cats that pop out much later than they naturally would, would just freeze. Planting a nonnative milkweed doesn’t do any good to the other species of milkweeds or to the habitat at large. The problem is that sometimes on a busy workweek when you’re running off to work in the morning and you have time to cut and rinse some fresh milkweed for the Hungry Hordes, but you may not have time to get out the bleach and the big stainless steel mixing bowl and rinse everything clean and mix up the 5% solution and do the whole rigarmarole, and then clean up the whole assemblage … so instead of doing nothing, can we just use a strong shower-head needle-spray of cold water and use fingers to wipe off anything that might be on the leaves? You can overwinter plants indoors, and you can take stem cuttings now, in the winter or early spring. I feel it was important to leave them be until the first frost to help sustain them on their journey I feel it is more important now than ever to provide waystations for them with the growing popularity of GMO crops in this area that make it easier for farmers to eradicate weeds with herbicides, further diminishing native milkweeds. We have had an unusually warm, short winter. Also, there is a recommended stores section at the bottom of the page: I planted tropical milkweed (just labeled milkweed at the nursery) in my garden in New Orleans and now I’m worried because there are at least 10-15 caterpillars and lots of crysalises all over the garden. Hi Nancy, we keep our plants under grow lights. Common plant names can be confusing, especially when you have Pokeweed and Poke Milkweed which look and sound alike but are not in the same plant family and serve very different uses. I don’t know why tuberosa has been called the “worst host plant”. Ellen Sharp, an environmental non-profit director living at the entry of Mexico’s Monarch Butterfly Reserve wrote a good article describing how bad it is. Hey, here’s a shout-out to Angie Luebben…….YOU GO GaLl!!! When I read the first sentence, I was bracing for another attack about how non-natives are destroying the environment and not supporting the native ecosystem. Hi Julie, you can cut back in late fall, when there are fewer monarchs coming through your region. I’m really glad you addressed this. By growing tropical milkweed responsibly, you’ll be helping more monarchs in a time when monarch support is crucial to the survival of their storied migration. The good thing about science is that it says what it means, it doesn’t try to embellish, and the moment better data is available it abandons its old hypothesis. She clung to that walking up and down the string to take sips of the nectar. Thanks so much! Thank you so much for helping me on the decision of how to handle this issue. Ok I think that’s it. 2016 Update- with more gardeners planting tropical milkweed, the overwintering population in Mexico grew 3.5 times: from 57 million monarchs…to 200 million! At this point I 90-95% make it from egg to BF. The monarchs are gone. Monsanto nor glyphosate is hurting the monarchs. My main question is with first frost rapidly approaching, can I take flowering cuttings in the hope of them going to seed while overwintering under my growlights? No milkweeds, no monarchs. We grow asclepias curassavica as well as asclepias tuberosa, and hands down, the asclepias curassavica is more popular…. I love this hobby and feel that this is one activity that can make a difference in the outcome for this miracle on wings. Hi Deanne, I am still holding out hope for tuberosa….I even moved some last year to see if a new spot makes it more inviting to the monarchs. OE Disease Spores Build Up on Overused Asclepias curassavica plants. Today monarchs continue to be present on Bermuda despite massive suburban development, decades of inbreeding and decades of being confined to very small amounts of tropical milkweed. Adult Monarchs require nectar from flowering plant sources for survival and milkweed nectar is not the only plant that supplies it! Also you would have to be absolutely clueless if you think that planting a butterfly species host plant will do anything other than help that species…or perhaps you are Yes, many eggs were laid per plant, yes the caterpillars devoured the plants, loved it. Over the years we have modified our message to include the use of Native varieties of Milkweed due to the contacts of well meaning people that read ” Milkweed hurting the monarchs” or the like and we would like to put forth our scientific observation over 13 years. Thanks. For instance, plants in the milkweed family, Asclepiadaceae, (don't let the name intimidate you), secrete a milky sap (except for Butterfly Milkweed) and opposite or sometimes whorled leaves. We have grown hundreds of thousands of milkweeds mostly ASCLEPIAS CURASSAVICA and tens of thousands of healthy Monarchs. I got monarchs immediately, I was so excited, I posted my success on a nextdoor.com website for our neighborhood and I shared pictures of Monarchs in my garden with my neighbors. You speak the truth!! It also supplies end of the year nectar for numerous other butterfly species, insects, bumble bees, solitary bees and is a pollen source for bees. Your entire article is filled with hatred & name calling. By planting milkweed in your own garden, landscape and throughout your community, you can help reverse the fortune of these beautiful insects. If you’re going to compare tropical to another milkweed, compare it properly. There are thousands of miles of roads in the Monarch breeding area, If each has hundreds of plants that makes hundreds of thousands to millions of existing plants currently available to returning Monarchs. From an article via U of Georgia: …” Dormant spores on the outside of the female’s abdomen are scattered on the eggs and milkweed leaves.”…. I was pretty stunned to read people condemn tropical milkweed, when monarchs have been feeding it on it probably before the ice ages. 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It’s too late. So that means these butterflies had to have grown up in the southern States or in Mexico on non-native tropical milkweed and then migrated north, thus helping to repopulate the central States. Try staggering your cuttings (cut back half now, the other half a few weeks later). We had a real issue this year with wasps. I try to offer people options instead of ultimatums, but some people have issues with the responsible gardening approach. Dead flower heads of goldenrods, asters, coneflower…supply food for seed eating birds during winter. These migrations did not exist until weedy evergreen tropical milkweeds from South Africa were inadvertently introduced to those countries in the mid-1800’s. Once humans quit tending the tropical milkweed or the tropical milkweed escapes into the wild, there is no solution. Have a fantastic season! As you can see from this map, http://imagizer.imageshack.us/a/img833/8496/6kim.jpg monarchs migrating from Texas through MX to the overwintering sites and back are going to encounter and have been encountering natural populations of Asclepias curassavica for 100+ years (the white portions of the map represent desert areas that are too dry for currassavica to grow in the wild). We still need conclusive data on this issue to understand how the reuse of tropical milkweed is negatively impacting the monarch population. Was this because predators somehow knew they were more poisonous? Right now, I would concentrate on building up your milkweed supply for future monarchs…good luck! There is a high success rate and you have adult plants with all the bells and whistles the very next summer. I don’t think Tropical Milkweed is the correct variety to scatter to the winds! Photo by Alexander Wild. That puts people on the defensive, & doesn’t help at all. The authors ignored the extensive published work of Dr. David James in southwestern Australia that shows evergreen tropical milkweed does not cause migratory monarchs to become sedentary. “The good thing about science is that it says what it means, it doesn’t try to embellish, and the moment better data is available it abandons its old hypothesis.”. Since lots of people are still growing tropical milkweed, discussing how to grow it (without potentially harming monarchs) is an important conversation to have. I don’t want this to happen again, so I have several species of native milkweeds planted and hope they come up this spring. Be responsible with information its misuse hurts us all. Monarch Butterfly Garden- Bring Home the Butterflies, Butterfly Garden Ideas and Gardening Tips to Attract Monarchs, Swallowtails, Hummingbirds, and other Precious Pollinators. The lady’s name is Diane: Here’s a pretty good article on the subject: http://nababutterfly.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/Tropical-Milkweed.pdf. I mean, they’re not embedded, they’re not glued on with superglue, and they’re not kryptonite, right? Because of this milkweed diversity we see and support many monarchs throughout the season. People need to work together to save the Monarch. I have been harassed to no end by my native plant groups to which I belong and am on the boards. The tropical is starting to leaf out again. Hi Jessica, in your region this should be fine. You might try swamp milkweed if your region get’s lots of rain…it’s a popular nectar flower and host plant. There is a reason and it’s not just by happenstance. I was very concerned that they would have some food during the winter, luckily the weather got a bit warmer, so I then took them to the Monarch sanctuary and released them, The eucalyptus trees were in bloom and all of their kin were there… what little is left of the vast population that used to visit that is. While these issues are still being studied, some are calling for a moratorium on tropical milkweed and lesser known non-natives that could potentially pose the same threat. It is Tall White Aster, Symphyotrichum lanceolatum , and the good news is, it is actually what the Monarchs need more at certain times of the year than Asclepias. But they did not survive a cold snap we had. An added benefit to potted plants is that they can be overwintered indoors. “Tropical milkweed itself is not ‘bad.’ (It provides larval food for Monarchs in many places where it occurs naturally, such as across the Caribbean, Mexico, and Central America. : I get this question a lot, and I’m not sure there’s a perfect answer. I planted a couple hundred A. curassavica indoors for 2014, along with a few dozen A. tuberosa, and some A. incarnata, and we let the A. syriaca come up all over our Minneapolis garden rather than trying to limit it to one area. Too many native-only gardeners are trying to push ultimatums that just aren’t necessary. If the website link works, it goes to a Photobucket site with a picture (September 2014) of four monarch butterflies visiting one of our A. curassavica patches at once. I have a friend who wants to “Johnny Appleseed” the milkweed to “help” the Monarchs, which – with all I have learned about OE – is a terrifying plan, one that she will hopefully decide against. I would like to have milkweed plants for Monarch butterflies. Hence our drought. How long do you suppose it would take to achieve this degree of planting if you are using tropical milkweed in your personal gardens? I feel that if it is not perfectly dry at egg hatching time the eggs do not hatch and that may be part of the problem with our silkmoths also. I am, however, concerned that the largest majority of people are unaware of the risks that come with Tropical Milkweed — because the first year it was growing in my yard, I was! Thanks Tony G. Great Article and great feedback. It seems like the best option at this point, to provide them with the best chance possible) Are there other “1st grade student approved” options? The caterpillars are very large and will be cocooning themselves soon. Having read over this twoyear long thread, I was rather annoyed by the few defenders of science who display a non-scientific attitude. Linking monarch decline to Monsanto is false and illogical. Last fall I had tropical milkweed growing and had a monarch lay a lot of eggs on it. The species that was distributed most by conservationists — tropical milkweed (Asclepias curassavica) — is one that does not deteriorate in cold weather. If you raise monarchs you could always cut back your tropical now and use the cuttings to feed these final monarchs. Hi Randy, OE would be a potential issue for your Calotropis species too, because it’s a continuous growing plant in a continuous growing region…I have not seen the ‘white’ monarchs personally, but have seen photos. On my tropical, I raise and release about a hundred Monarch up to October when I cut back. I have no technical expertise on Monarch’s physiology beyond a basic knowledge Last year was excellent, and during their migration south for a period of several days I had an amazing abundance of dozens of Monarchs feeding on my flowering plants. Hope you can help me. I hadn’t visited in quite awhile so my last visit a couple years ago was a shock. I find this subject very interesting and worth more study. on Monsanto’s payroll. Milkweed may attract aphids and other insects. Hi Laurel, March 30, 2014…still a controversial issue today. Hi Dan, in our northern region I only rinse with water and we never have issues with OE. So Tropical is a GO. ~MaMa Monarch. If that’s not an option, you could see if a local entomology dept might want to research/study them. Hello! They seem to prefer it to all the other nectar plants in the garden. We capture the seeds and let the pods dry out over the winter. In order to counteract this trend, many conservationist groups have encouraged people to grow milkweed in their backyards and gardens, and they have even distributed milkweed seeds for this purpose. The monarchs here really do not need to migrate. Prairie Moon Nursery offers several varieties (e.g., A. hirtella, A. stenophylla, A. incarnata, A. tuberosa and A. verticillata) which might grow here. We don’t usually see any Monarchs until it’s time for the Methuselah generation and by then even the Swamp Milkweed is becoming tough, however, the Monarchs still prefer to oviposit on those plants over all others. I’m not sure what you can do to stop them besides spreading milkweed patches around your garden so some go undetected or bring in a few to raise indoors: I have a hearty patch of Tropical Mikkweed in my yard in Houston. There are prevention recommendations in this article and there are also facebook groups where bleaching is discussed in more detail. The writer slams those who prefer to use native plants in their garden. Every word you wrote was intended to insult him. However, I am wondering, is it possible that I would perpetuate any OE that might be on my tropical mw on the cuttings or plants that I bring in to overwinter? Somehow this will be blamed on modern agriculture, even though it wasn’t the guy trying to manage weeds who established the wrong host plants. There is growing evidence within the science community that non-native milkweeds may be causing changes in monarch migration habits and increasing the prevalence of a debilitating disease among the adult butterflies. Caption: Tropical Milkweed (Asclepias currassivica) is a popular non-native species and a prolific bloomer. Because the Monarchs here in So. Should I just cut back the flowers and leave the leafy lower part? However, there’s been noticeably less milkweed in corn and soybean fields recently as farmers have used modern techniques to keep these and other weeds out of their fields. Or, if they are, something is eating the blossoms. You writing drips with it. Milkweed (Asclepias spp.) I’ve let the number of caterpillars that occur on each milkweed species guide me as to what to increase the next year. Richard Brownlee. It might be pretty easy to bring one of the plants inside and take care of them that way. The one advantage to tuberosa is it blooms a bit longer. I just started raising butterflies and am still learning. Hypothesis: ” Fear based science headlines having harmful effect on real world activities of concerned people.” I wonder if there is a Government sponsored grant for this study ? As a nectar flower, I’ve heard better things about it and hope I’m able to report some success with it this season. Have you ever seen the black & white version of a Monarch (minus the orange color)? THANK YOU! Hi Penny, I think other people have tried overwintering them too. One of the biggest factors in monarch decline is the increasing scarcity of its only caterpillar host plant: milkweed. If the answer is no, stick to natives and avoid contributing to these potential issues. I want to mention that I did have a fumigator come and do the yard. they put themselves on medication. For those above zone 7, your answer isn’t a difficult one…are you willing to cut back your milkweed or bring it indoors to avoid overuse and migration tampering? Down here in Zone 10b we also have a native giant milkweed, a 9a – 11 host plant/tree. This is a list of some of the potential milkweeds you can try in your region…I’m sure some will be more successful than others. I am referring to the tropical milkweed that is cutback and encouraged to regrow & re-bloom outdoors (according to some) AFTER eggs have been laid, collected & everything has been taken indoors. Industrial farming contributed to a 21-per-cent decline in milkweed plants between 1995 and 2013, and much of this loss occurred in the central breeding region. D. erippus learned how to deal with tropical milkweed. Although it’s easy to grow, tropical types host a parasite that infects and harms monarchs. I fear my experience my support the tropical milkweed “nay-sayers” I don’t want that. All this said in hopes that anyone in my area who doesn’t know these details will see this and use extreme care with their Tropical Milkweed and the seed pods until such time that the experts: the scientists or … – – until “they” can say definitively that a. Curassavica is safe (or tell us to destroy it completely because it is BAD). But did you know how robust a milkweed community really is? Why has this non-native become a staple in so many North American butterfly gardens? They don’t jump onto adult butterflies. If you’re gardening in USDA hardiness zone 7 and below, it’s highly unlikely you’ll be dealing with overused milkweed or fall-lingering monarchs. I started with it under the mistaken impression that it was native, was completely unconcerned when I saw those little seeds floating away, and it has taken me two years to learn what I’ve learned firsthand and to do the research that has brought me here. There is simply no evidence to support the “monsanto is killing monarchs” myth and you are a fool to believe it. Thank U. Hi Robert, all you need to do with tropical milkweed is direct plant in your region (no cold stratification necessary). Without milkweed, monarchs can’t successfully reproduce and the species declines. The handy book, Milkweed, Monarchs and More, provides an insider’s view of the numerous invertebrate species that are supported in a patch of milkweed. 2016 UPDATE: we still plant tropical milkweed containers, but we only take stem cuttings for raising indoors because they are easier to clean and keep predator-free. I was just so excited to watch her lay eggs and then watch the metamorphosis of the caterpillars. Hi Pat, now would be a good time if your activity has slowed. A: What you have here is not a milkweed. I should take notes so I can share real info on conditions and effects. The failures are widespread and so severe that some scientific journals no longer accept results based on the old standard of p-values. For it after Harvey, when there are the hosts for monarch butterflies flowers and leave the leafy part. Gall fly larva overwinter in the larger patches and wait for the survival of monarchs and their egg.... 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