RE: Locating Poke Milkweed Seeds

Hello! I have a balcony here in Toronto where I can grow plants. The climate zone is 6A to 7A. It is mostly shade but does get the late afternoon/ setting sun. I would like to grow Milkweed for the…

Curly deformed leaves – potential plant disease

Good morning, I am reaching out with a question to a potential plant disease in my garden and around my neighbourhood. A couple of weeks ago I noticed that my milkweek all of a sudden is developing curly, deformed leaves…

Should I protect my monarch caterpillars?

I was very excited to find 2 monarch caterpillars on my milkweed this morning! Then I got to googling and I saw that some people will put mesh bags over their milkweed to protect the caterpillars from birds. Is this…

Asclepias Management

I have managed to control the invasive roots of my “Bleeding Heart” plants by sinking 2 foot long sections of plastic irrigation conduit into the ground, (diameter is about 1.5 feet).  Bottom is layered with gravel, then landscaping fabric, followed…

Timing for Cutting Back Milkweed?

I included some milkweed this year in a planter I maintain across from my house in Seaton Village, Toronto. It’s looking quite yellow and sad now (mid-October), and I’m wondering if the monarch butterflies still need it this late in…

Orange Aphids on Milkweed

My milkweed crop is LOADED, that is completely covered in orange aphids. Should I cut them down, bag them and get rid of them. Where do aphids go in winter. Soil?…