PLANT FOOD FOR MONARCH CATERPILLARS
Swan plants are to monarch butterfly caterpillars what bamboo is to pandas so sow swan plant seeds now. These black and yellow crawlers have massive appetites so you’ll need quite a few plants if you want them to stick around long enough to metamorphose. Raise seeds in seedraising mix or sow direct outside if frosts are over in your area. Swan plants like freedraining soil and a sheltered site, and will grow up to 2 metres. For find out more about monarch butterflies, visit www.monarch.org.nz. Rachel Clare these tangy subtropical beauties? Passionfruit like free-draining, light soil and a sheltered spot and can be trained along fences, trellises and up verandas.Make sure you dig in plenty of compost when planting, and feed them with a general balanced fertiliser when planting and then twice throughout the growing season. Vines planted now should fruit within 9-18 months.