Anyone grown MilkWeed indoors?
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My parents are into butterfly's and want grow there own milk weed.

 

Was wondering if using CFL would work just like it does in marijuana or would they be better off with a T5 or other fluorescent setup.

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or @DarKwon maybe...

 

Milkweed tends to grow in the shade dont it?

 

What does one do with fresh grown milkweed anyway?

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They want to grow it and have it reddy for when the weather warms up and they'll put it outside to feed the monarch butterfly's.

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there are a bunch of flowers you can plant to attract butterflies, depending on your location.. You might contact a local gardening club, botanical society... and inquire about "butterfly weed/flowers" for your area.

 

to answer your question...

the milkweed I remember grows in full sun

that's about all I can help...it was a thousand years ago, that I lived in IN

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My parents are into butterfly's and want grow there own milk weed.

 

Was wondering if using CFL would work just like it does in marijuana or would they be better off with a T5 or other fluorescent setup.

They want to grow it and have it reddy for when the weather warms up and they'll put it outside to feed the monarch butterfly's.

 

Alright- I shoulda figured that out! At first read I thought you were just mentioning they like butterflies and then on a seperate note want to grow milk weed...It makes more sense now that I am not AS High

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They have butterfly bushes and all kinds of stuff in there yard. They love monarch's and milkweed is its only food source.

 

I bit of reading if interested....

 

Monarchs need your help NOW! This year AGAIN marks the lowest number of over wintering Monarchs in the Mexican mountains in the last 20 years...and we have only known about their over wintering sites for a little more than 20 years!. There are 97% fewer than at their recorded height and 50% less than there were last year. This is a back to back 50% decline in their overwintering numbers. Researchers are worried we may lose a large part of their migration this year if immediate action is not taken and severly threaten all Monarchs if the pattern continues.

 

This is a crisis situation! In 1991, over 75% of the wintering Monarchs from North America froze to death in Mexico as a result of three days of rain and sub-freezing conditions. Their numbers showed some recovery but now there is a nationwide shortage of milkweed. Freak weather patterns destroy habitat and kill millions of helpless Monarchs. But these natural events are not the only challenges that face the Monarch. Pesticide application and genetically modified crops cover important parts of the Monarch's migratory path and serve as killing fields for any Monarch that pass through these millions of acres of toxins and biological agents that kill them and their young. They are unintended casualties in a war to protect crops. Are our Monarchs worth our efforts to protect? Do we even know the total effects on our environment from the use of these agents? The Monarch habitat must be protected now to ensure their survival, before we see the day when this miracle of nature is only a memory.

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My parents are into butterfly's and want grow there own milk weed.

Was wondering if using CFL would work just like it does in marijuana or would they be better off with a T5 or other fluorescent setup.

There are many species of Milkweed for the garden and all are atttactive to butterflies and many other insects including the larval form of the Monarch Butterfly. The flowers range from white to orange and the seed heads split open to reveal white silky cotton covered seeds that become airborne with a slight breeze.

Milkweeds need full sun, at least six hours a day as they are meadow or grassland plants in nature. Propitiation is easy from seed and you can use floros up until they're a few inches tall, then they really want to be outdoors in full sun. The closet thing to full sun indoors is 1000w HPS but it wouldn't be very economical to grow. If you wanna throw a few in with your Cannabis plants just for fun however I think that would be fine...but again...they need to go outdoors at some point.

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