Some of Joan’s tips for creating a butterfly-friendly garden:
- Buy bigger plants instead of small ones so your caterpillars have more to munch on.
- It’s important to understand the butterfly life cycle so you can properly plan your garden. Different butterflies will like different plants.
- Cover any small plants to prevent caterpillars from chewing on them.
- Be sure to have host and nectar plants in your garden so your butterflies stay in your yard! Host plants, like Asclepia Tuberosas, are great for Monarchs to lay their eggs on so the caterpillars will eat them. However, once they caterpillars become butterflies they need nectar-producing flowers to feed from.
- The Monarch caterpillar needs about forty leaves to sustain itself. Consider that when buying plants for your butterfly garden.
- Plant your butterfly garden in the full sun! Caterpillars need warmth to survive.
- Your butterfly garden can be as big as you want it to be!
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