Last year was my first year attempting to start native plant indoors from seed. I learned a little and seem to be having more success this year. We have transplanted at least 1000 pollinator plants into the greenhouse from the lab where they germinated. We are growing several species of milkweed which we purchased from … More Adventures in Greenhouse Growing
Chloe Paden, undergraduate research assistant, and I have been planting a bunch of germinating milkweeds the past few days. We have at least 1000 tiny plants of five species (Asclepius speciosa, A. viridis, A. asperula, A. tuberosa, and A. syriaca) growing in our greenhouses. Chloe will be writing up the results of the germination trials – we used … More 1000+ Milkweeds!
I have seen several initiatives for monarch conservation this year. In the US and Canada, the focus is providing caterpillar food sources in the form of milkweed. A variety of programs are giving out free seeds and information about the monarch life cycle. I recommend visiting the Monarch Watch webpage for lots of good information. One … More Monarchs & Milkweeds