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Asclepias tuberosa Plant Care Reminders

Western golden butterfly weed

Butterfly Milkweed

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General Information

  • Instruction By Briscoe White
    Notes Such a butterfly magnet, its common name is "Butterfly Weed" but this beauty is definitely not a weed! Order from The Growers Exchange in the early spring and enjoy this bountiful bloomer summer through fall! 'Tuberosa' also has medicinal value as an expectorant, makes a great cut flower and can be container planted for patios or transition indoors.
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    Web Link http://www.thegrowers-exchange.com/Asclepias_tuberosa_p/ff-asc01.htm

Plant Care Instruction

  • Scroll down or click on any month for plant care instructions
    • January
    • February
    • March
    • April
    • May
    • June
    • July
    • August
    • September
    • October
    January
    1. Buy

    Dreaming of your spring garden? Order from The Growers Exchange and receive your healthy, happy plants just in time for planting!
    February
    1. Buy

    Dreaming of your spring garden? Order from The Growers Exchange and receive your healthy, happy plants just in time for planting!
    March
    1. Buy

    Dreaming of your spring garden? Order from The Growers Exchange and receive your healthy, happy plants just in time for planting!
    April
    1. Plant

    This attractive variety of Asclepias is a beautiful addition to your garden and also looks great in a pot or container for rooftop and patio gardens. Preferring full sun and dry, loamy soil, the 'tuberosa' attracts many different pollinators and is essential to the Monarch butterfly's survival. Self seeding and drought resistant.
    2. Prune

    Asclepias are carefree flowers, but deadheading the flowers will stimulate another bloom cycle about a month after the first one. The flowers, which are heavily laden with nectar and pollen, are particularly attractive to hummingbirds, butterflies, bees, and other beneficial insects. Asclepias flowers are gorgeous in arrangements, and you can gather blooms all summer long; sear the ends of the cut stems over a flame to stop the milky sap from leaking out.
    3. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Asclepias are highly susceptible to aphids and rabbits, so try protecting your plants with a soapy spray or natural pesticide and a fence around your garden to keep pests away.
    4. Harvest

    Asclepias are carefree flowers, but deadheading the flowers will stimulate another bloom cycle about a month after the first one. The flowers, which are heavily laden with nectar and pollen, are particularly attractive to hummingbirds, butterflies, bees, and other beneficial insects. Asclepias flowers are gorgeous in arrangements, and you can gather blooms all summer long; sear the ends of the cut stems over a flame to stop the milky sap from leaking out.
    May
    1. Plant

    This attractive variety of Asclepias is a beautiful addition to your garden and also looks great in a pot or container for rooftop and patio gardens. Preferring full sun and dry, loamy soil, the 'tuberosa' attracts many different pollinators and is essential to the Monarch butterfly's survival. Self seeding and drought resistant.
    2. Prune

    Asclepias are carefree flowers, but deadheading the flowers will stimulate another bloom cycle about a month after the first one. The flowers, which are heavily laden with nectar and pollen, are particularly attractive to hummingbirds, butterflies, bees, and other beneficial insects. Asclepias flowers are gorgeous in arrangements, and you can gather blooms all summer long; sear the ends of the cut stems over a flame to stop the milky sap from leaking out.
    3. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Asclepias are highly susceptible to aphids and rabbits, so try protecting your plants with a soapy spray or natural pesticide and a fence around your garden to keep pests away.
    4. Harvest

    Asclepias are carefree flowers, but deadheading the flowers will stimulate another bloom cycle about a month after the first one. The flowers, which are heavily laden with nectar and pollen, are particularly attractive to hummingbirds, butterflies, bees, and other beneficial insects. Asclepias flowers are gorgeous in arrangements, and you can gather blooms all summer long; sear the ends of the cut stems over a flame to stop the milky sap from leaking out.
    June
    1. Prune

    Asclepias are carefree flowers, but deadheading the flowers will stimulate another bloom cycle about a month after the first one. The flowers, which are heavily laden with nectar and pollen, are particularly attractive to hummingbirds, butterflies, bees, and other beneficial insects. Asclepias flowers are gorgeous in arrangements, and you can gather blooms all summer long; sear the ends of the cut stems over a flame to stop the milky sap from leaking out.
    2. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Asclepias are highly susceptible to aphids and rabbits, so try protecting your plants with a soapy spray or natural pesticide and a fence around your garden to keep pests away.
    3. Harvest

    Asclepias are carefree flowers, but deadheading the flowers will stimulate another bloom cycle about a month after the first one. The flowers, which are heavily laden with nectar and pollen, are particularly attractive to hummingbirds, butterflies, bees, and other beneficial insects. Asclepias flowers are gorgeous in arrangements, and you can gather blooms all summer long; sear the ends of the cut stems over a flame to stop the milky sap from leaking out.
    July
    1. Prune

    Asclepias are carefree flowers, but deadheading the flowers will stimulate another bloom cycle about a month after the first one. The flowers, which are heavily laden with nectar and pollen, are particularly attractive to hummingbirds, butterflies, bees, and other beneficial insects. Asclepias flowers are gorgeous in arrangements, and you can gather blooms all summer long; sear the ends of the cut stems over a flame to stop the milky sap from leaking out.
    2. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Asclepias are highly susceptible to aphids and rabbits, so try protecting your plants with a soapy spray or natural pesticide and a fence around your garden to keep pests away.
    3. Harvest

    Asclepias are carefree flowers, but deadheading the flowers will stimulate another bloom cycle about a month after the first one. The flowers, which are heavily laden with nectar and pollen, are particularly attractive to hummingbirds, butterflies, bees, and other beneficial insects. Asclepias flowers are gorgeous in arrangements, and you can gather blooms all summer long; sear the ends of the cut stems over a flame to stop the milky sap from leaking out.
    August
    1. Prune

    Asclepias are carefree flowers, but deadheading the flowers will stimulate another bloom cycle about a month after the first one. The flowers, which are heavily laden with nectar and pollen, are particularly attractive to hummingbirds, butterflies, bees, and other beneficial insects. Asclepias flowers are gorgeous in arrangements, and you can gather blooms all summer long; sear the ends of the cut stems over a flame to stop the milky sap from leaking out.
    2. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Asclepias are highly susceptible to aphids and rabbits, so try protecting your plants with a soapy spray or natural pesticide and a fence around your garden to keep pests away.
    3. Harvest

    Asclepias are carefree flowers, but deadheading the flowers will stimulate another bloom cycle about a month after the first one. The flowers, which are heavily laden with nectar and pollen, are particularly attractive to hummingbirds, butterflies, bees, and other beneficial insects. Asclepias flowers are gorgeous in arrangements, and you can gather blooms all summer long; sear the ends of the cut stems over a flame to stop the milky sap from leaking out.
    September
    1. Prune

    Asclepias are carefree flowers, but deadheading the flowers will stimulate another bloom cycle about a month after the first one. The flowers, which are heavily laden with nectar and pollen, are particularly attractive to hummingbirds, butterflies, bees, and other beneficial insects. Asclepias flowers are gorgeous in arrangements, and you can gather blooms all summer long; sear the ends of the cut stems over a flame to stop the milky sap from leaking out.
    2. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Asclepias are highly susceptible to aphids and rabbits, so try protecting your plants with a soapy spray or natural pesticide and a fence around your garden to keep pests away.
    3. Harvest

    Asclepias are carefree flowers, but deadheading the flowers will stimulate another bloom cycle about a month after the first one. The flowers, which are heavily laden with nectar and pollen, are particularly attractive to hummingbirds, butterflies, bees, and other beneficial insects. Asclepias flowers are gorgeous in arrangements, and you can gather blooms all summer long; sear the ends of the cut stems over a flame to stop the milky sap from leaking out.
    October
    1. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Asclepias are highly susceptible to aphids and rabbits, so try protecting your plants with a soapy spray or natural pesticide and a fence around your garden to keep pests away.
    2. Harvest

    Asclepias are carefree flowers, but deadheading the flowers will stimulate another bloom cycle about a month after the first one. The flowers, which are heavily laden with nectar and pollen, are particularly attractive to hummingbirds, butterflies, bees, and other beneficial insects. Asclepias flowers are gorgeous in arrangements, and you can gather blooms all summer long; sear the ends of the cut stems over a flame to stop the milky sap from leaking out.
  • Buy

    When's the best time to buy this plant? When can you buy these from seed (if you can)? When is it usually available? What are things to look for when you're buying it? Or anything other tidbit of information you can share!

    January

    Dreaming of your spring garden? Order from The Growers Exchange and receive your healthy, happy plants just in time for planting!

    February

    Dreaming of your spring garden? Order from The Growers Exchange and receive your healthy, happy plants just in time for planting!

    March

    Dreaming of your spring garden? Order from The Growers Exchange and receive your healthy, happy plants just in time for planting!

    Plant

    When's a good time to plant this plant or bulb? Any special planting instructions?

    April

    This attractive variety of Asclepias is a beautiful addition to your garden and also looks great in a pot or container for rooftop and patio gardens. Preferring full sun and dry, loamy soil, the 'tuberosa' attracts many different pollinators and is essential to the Monarch butterfly's survival.

    Self seeding and drought resistant.

    May

    This attractive variety of Asclepias is a beautiful addition to your garden and also looks great in a pot or container for rooftop and patio gardens. Preferring full sun and dry, loamy soil, the 'tuberosa' attracts many different pollinators and is essential to the Monarch butterfly's survival.

    Self seeding and drought resistant.

    Prune

    When's a good time to prune this plant? How about deadheading, pinching back, trimming or any other grooming? Any special requirements?

    April

    Asclepias are carefree flowers, but deadheading the flowers will stimulate another bloom cycle about a month after the first one. The flowers, which are heavily laden with nectar and pollen, are particularly attractive to hummingbirds, butterflies, bees, and other beneficial insects.

    Asclepias flowers are gorgeous in arrangements, and you can gather blooms all summer long; sear the ends of the cut stems over a flame to stop the milky sap from leaking out.

    May

    Asclepias are carefree flowers, but deadheading the flowers will stimulate another bloom cycle about a month after the first one. The flowers, which are heavily laden with nectar and pollen, are particularly attractive to hummingbirds, butterflies, bees, and other beneficial insects.

    Asclepias flowers are gorgeous in arrangements, and you can gather blooms all summer long; sear the ends of the cut stems over a flame to stop the milky sap from leaking out.

    June

    Asclepias are carefree flowers, but deadheading the flowers will stimulate another bloom cycle about a month after the first one. The flowers, which are heavily laden with nectar and pollen, are particularly attractive to hummingbirds, butterflies, bees, and other beneficial insects.

    Asclepias flowers are gorgeous in arrangements, and you can gather blooms all summer long; sear the ends of the cut stems over a flame to stop the milky sap from leaking out.

    July

    Asclepias are carefree flowers, but deadheading the flowers will stimulate another bloom cycle about a month after the first one. The flowers, which are heavily laden with nectar and pollen, are particularly attractive to hummingbirds, butterflies, bees, and other beneficial insects.

    Asclepias flowers are gorgeous in arrangements, and you can gather blooms all summer long; sear the ends of the cut stems over a flame to stop the milky sap from leaking out.

    August

    Asclepias are carefree flowers, but deadheading the flowers will stimulate another bloom cycle about a month after the first one. The flowers, which are heavily laden with nectar and pollen, are particularly attractive to hummingbirds, butterflies, bees, and other beneficial insects.

    Asclepias flowers are gorgeous in arrangements, and you can gather blooms all summer long; sear the ends of the cut stems over a flame to stop the milky sap from leaking out.

    September

    Asclepias are carefree flowers, but deadheading the flowers will stimulate another bloom cycle about a month after the first one. The flowers, which are heavily laden with nectar and pollen, are particularly attractive to hummingbirds, butterflies, bees, and other beneficial insects.

    Asclepias flowers are gorgeous in arrangements, and you can gather blooms all summer long; sear the ends of the cut stems over a flame to stop the milky sap from leaking out.

    Treat for Pest/Disease

    How do you treat the common problems for this plant? What products or concoctions or natural means do you use? Any special requirements?

    April

    Asclepias are highly susceptible to aphids and rabbits, so try protecting your plants with a soapy spray or natural pesticide and a fence around your garden to keep pests away.

    May

    Asclepias are highly susceptible to aphids and rabbits, so try protecting your plants with a soapy spray or natural pesticide and a fence around your garden to keep pests away.

    June

    Asclepias are highly susceptible to aphids and rabbits, so try protecting your plants with a soapy spray or natural pesticide and a fence around your garden to keep pests away.

    July

    Asclepias are highly susceptible to aphids and rabbits, so try protecting your plants with a soapy spray or natural pesticide and a fence around your garden to keep pests away.

    August

    Asclepias are highly susceptible to aphids and rabbits, so try protecting your plants with a soapy spray or natural pesticide and a fence around your garden to keep pests away.

    September

    Asclepias are highly susceptible to aphids and rabbits, so try protecting your plants with a soapy spray or natural pesticide and a fence around your garden to keep pests away.

    October

    Asclepias are highly susceptible to aphids and rabbits, so try protecting your plants with a soapy spray or natural pesticide and a fence around your garden to keep pests away.

    Harvest

    When's a good time to harvest this plant? What's the best way to harvest? Are there special requirements or features?

    April

    Asclepias are carefree flowers, but deadheading the flowers will stimulate another bloom cycle about a month after the first one. The flowers, which are heavily laden with nectar and pollen, are particularly attractive to hummingbirds, butterflies, bees, and other beneficial insects.

    Asclepias flowers are gorgeous in arrangements, and you can gather blooms all summer long; sear the ends of the cut stems over a flame to stop the milky sap from leaking out.

    May

    Asclepias are carefree flowers, but deadheading the flowers will stimulate another bloom cycle about a month after the first one. The flowers, which are heavily laden with nectar and pollen, are particularly attractive to hummingbirds, butterflies, bees, and other beneficial insects.

    Asclepias flowers are gorgeous in arrangements, and you can gather blooms all summer long; sear the ends of the cut stems over a flame to stop the milky sap from leaking out.

    June

    Asclepias are carefree flowers, but deadheading the flowers will stimulate another bloom cycle about a month after the first one. The flowers, which are heavily laden with nectar and pollen, are particularly attractive to hummingbirds, butterflies, bees, and other beneficial insects.

    Asclepias flowers are gorgeous in arrangements, and you can gather blooms all summer long; sear the ends of the cut stems over a flame to stop the milky sap from leaking out.

    July

    Asclepias are carefree flowers, but deadheading the flowers will stimulate another bloom cycle about a month after the first one. The flowers, which are heavily laden with nectar and pollen, are particularly attractive to hummingbirds, butterflies, bees, and other beneficial insects.

    Asclepias flowers are gorgeous in arrangements, and you can gather blooms all summer long; sear the ends of the cut stems over a flame to stop the milky sap from leaking out.

    August

    Asclepias are carefree flowers, but deadheading the flowers will stimulate another bloom cycle about a month after the first one. The flowers, which are heavily laden with nectar and pollen, are particularly attractive to hummingbirds, butterflies, bees, and other beneficial insects.

    Asclepias flowers are gorgeous in arrangements, and you can gather blooms all summer long; sear the ends of the cut stems over a flame to stop the milky sap from leaking out.

    September

    Asclepias are carefree flowers, but deadheading the flowers will stimulate another bloom cycle about a month after the first one. The flowers, which are heavily laden with nectar and pollen, are particularly attractive to hummingbirds, butterflies, bees, and other beneficial insects.

    Asclepias flowers are gorgeous in arrangements, and you can gather blooms all summer long; sear the ends of the cut stems over a flame to stop the milky sap from leaking out.

    October

    Asclepias are carefree flowers, but deadheading the flowers will stimulate another bloom cycle about a month after the first one. The flowers, which are heavily laden with nectar and pollen, are particularly attractive to hummingbirds, butterflies, bees, and other beneficial insects.

    Asclepias flowers are gorgeous in arrangements, and you can gather blooms all summer long; sear the ends of the cut stems over a flame to stop the milky sap from leaking out.

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