Your Butterfly Garden

What to Include in Your Garden

There is a growing awareness of the value of growing native Malibu plants for their hardiness and water efficiency.

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In addition to milkweed, we recommend adding native nectar plants including:

  • Deerweed
  • Arroyo Lupine
  • Yarrow
  • White Sage
  • Black Sage

 Growing Milkweed

Plant the seeds in a flat first.

  • Put soil in flat, soak soil, sprinkle seeds on top of soil, cover seeds will light layer of dirt, mist top layer of  soil.
  • Keep moist  but not too wet  (damp) and in a few weeks you  should have seedlings.
  • When they sprout  and have about 5-6 leaves on them you can transfer them to larger pots.

When plants  are 3-4 inches high, you can plant in ground.

  • Filtered sunlight is best for starting plants from seed.  When they are ready to go into the ground  , they like a sunny spot or mostly sunny area.
  • As for watering in ground ,  since they are a native plant they like water during the rainy season and little or no water in the dry season .  With no rain, however, plants in the ground  and in pots will need watering.