Greetings, can anyone point me to where common Florida Milkweed plants are sold in the Tampa Bay area?
I saw a couple places online where I could order seeds but I'm really looking for plants that have already been started for a butterfly garden project this summer.
Thanks in advance!
Are you referring to Asclepias curassavica or to the other Florida native Asclepias?
If it is the first one you can find them at Home Depot and Lowe's and at any nursery that sells butterfly plants. The natives are much harder to get and you will have to go to a specialized native nursery.
Rick,I'm up in New Port Richey and have noticed the HD and Lowes in this area haven't had any for a couple of weeks now.Don't know if their suppliers have run out or if just between plantings.If you have tried the local nurseries and all the box stores and haven't had any luck,I've got probably 100 or so in pots and could spare a few.
A wonderful place to buy plants is the USF Botanical Gardens. You just missed their butterfly festival where they had lots of vendors with milkweed. Their plant shop always has a lot of interesting items, and many growers put their not-as-popular plants there to sell. So you can find a lot of native plants and stuff you don't see at all the chain stores. Keep an eye out for the fall plant festival coming October 14-15. It is a huge deal. But if you see a crazed woman with a green wheelbarrow full of bromeliads - stay out of my way! Hee hee.
Thanks so much for the responses! Yep I have checked the big shops here (Walmart, Home Depot, Target, Lowes) but
there just isn't any Milkweed. I was hoping to score the FL native variety but basically if it will attract a
couple Monarchs I'm not going to be picky. The USF gardens is indeed awesome and I've visited a couple plant sales
but had no idea about that butterly festival. I'll make a note of the upcoming Oct sale though, thanks.
Hi Don what's this about an RU, that mean Roundup? Local plant enthusiast gathering? Where and when in Riverview?
EDIT - Ah ok I see the RU threads now, reading up on it.
My milkweed plants are full of fluffy seeds right now. If anyone wants some I can send them to you. I dont know exactly how to save and plant them, but I guess as they float down they seed themselves. I have handfulls of them.
The Round Up is at Ariel's home this saturday morning 10 am. Those that can will bring plants and/or food to pass and those that can't will just come.I'm sure no one will leave hungry or without aleast a few new plants.But even more important having made many new friends and being able to put name to faces and interest.Hopefully the first of many to come.If your interested in going please d-mail Ariel for directions and so she can keep the head count. or just do it on the Round Up thread.