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Get ready to plant as spring starts early in California
1. Plant Milkweed in your garden, native is recommended. Most native varieties
won’t be available until April.
If you plant or have Tropical Milkweed, PRUNE TROPICAL every year by MID-OCTOBER (earlier now) to 6″-10″ stems and cut off all the leaves to control O.e. parasite that kills caterpillars and newborn monarchs.
3. Use no pesticides, fungicides or herbicides in your garden.
If a monarch caterpillar writhes and dies, it has likely been poisoned by pesticide. Tropical milkweed is sometimes tainted by growers that use pesticide. Let nurseries know if their milkweed kills your caterpillars.
4. Advocate to others. Encourage your community, schools, churches to plant monarch gardens. Ask your City mayor to take the Mayor’s Pledge to plant for butterflies and pollinators.
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