PLANT FOOD FOR MONARCH CATER­PIL­LARS

Rotorua Review - - GARDENING -

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

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