As we celebrate the holidays with tables filled with produce brought to us by pollinators (cranberries, pumpkins, apples, herbs, coffee, chocolate, peppers, tomatoes, etc.), populations of monarch butterfly are still struggling across their North American range. They need milkweeds and other nectar-bearing native wildflowers to be planted across the landscape to support their amazing tri-national annual migration. Help out our pollinator friends this holiday by ordering milkweed plugs for spring!
Many gardeners, farmers, conservationists, and other land managers find it tricky to find locally appropriate milkweed plants. Help is here! Our partners at the non-profit, Monarch Watch, have created the Milkweed Market to offer low cost or free (for non-profits and schools) milkweed plugs for your pollinator gardens or larger-scale projects. Monarch Watch distributed over 147,000 milkweed plugs in 2018 through partnering nurseries in Kansas, Oklahoma, California, and Florida. Simply order ahead of time (now) to make sure suppliers can meet the upcoming year's demand. Preorders and early applications are necessary to help determine how many plants are needed for production.
Three ways to get milkweed plugs for Spring 2019: