Let's set a new stretch goal! If we can get to 4000 USD I will add amazing wildflower mix for all backers. Your wildflower mix will be carefully made for your specific region to provide not just monarchs but also other pollinators with high-quality wildflowers. Nectar sources are of extreme importance for monarchs as they need fuel for their journey. The mix contains all kinds of flowers, annual, perennial and biennial. Below are wildflowers from a wildflowers mix for Florida. So beautiful and delicate!
We want to create more monarch butterfly habitats, small and large, stocked with organic native milkweed that otherwise has been disappearing: a safe haven for our struggling monarchs and other pollinators!
The monarch butterfly population has been struggling for years and its recovery will take years more. In addition to many challenges monarch butterflies face, listed above, there has been a pronounced native milkweed shortage. Monarchs depend on milkweed for their survival and the current trends are worrisome.
Native milkweed (when in bloom) not only attracts monarch butterflies but also numerous other pollinators. Recent research shows that bees are not the only insects important for pollination. Butterflies, beetles, and other insects are also important as they add a much-needed variety and there has been a worrisome decline in species that pollinate because wildflowers, milkweed and other nectar sources have been systematically eliminated.Even the UN report recently warned that "many species of wild bees, butterflies and other critters that pollinate plants are shrinking toward extinction".
Anyone who has tried to grow native milkweed from seed knows that it is a challenging and slow process, often with uncertain results. Monarchs need a good supply of milkweed to stave off starvation starting at the caterpillar stage because breakdown in just one generation could negatively affect the entire migration. We offer high-quality well-established plugs that are ready to be planted and will grow in no time.
Your subscription will allow you to add new plants on a regular basis, giving the plants time to recover and allowing you to grow your butterfly habitat at your own pace. Planting milkweed plugs in the fall will help your milkweed to establish better and sprout faster the following spring. Planting plugs in the spring and/or summer will give you vibrant plants ready to welcome migrating monarchs and their hungry caterpillars. Having a well-established, vibrant and blooming native milkweed habitat will also help the fourth generation to fuel on much-needed nectar crucial to successful migration.
You can still plant seeds, but our subscription will give you peace of mind with a steady supply of milkweed plants just when the monarch butterflies need them the most.
What Are the Subscription Options?
We offer two basic rewards and three rewards with advanced levels of subscription.
Monarch Supporter and Monarch Starter help to spread the word about saving monarch butterflies and building habitats.
Caterpillar Helper, Pupa Master, and Monarch Savior subscriptions each include packages of milkweed plugs to get you well on your way to building a monarch habitat. The Caterpillar Helper subscription includes 15 native milkweed organic plants plugs sent to you once a year. You can select the season (spring, summer or fall).
The Pupa Master subscription includes 30 native milkweed organic plants plugs sent to you twice a year during the seasons you choose. You can select two out of three seasons (spring, summer or fall).
The Monarch Savior option is our full subscription by which you will receive 45 native milkweed organic plants plugs sent to you three times per year: spring, summer and fall.
We are offering four native milkweed species: Asclepias incarnata, Asclepias syriaca, Asclepias tuberosa and Asclepias verticillata. We will mix and match these species based on their availability and your region, as not all species will thrive in all states.
Yes! Your subscription will include both our monthly newsletter about recent monarch butterfly updates and research and our support email option, where you can ask questions about issues you might encounter with your monarch butterfly habitat.
Risks and challenges
Native milkweed shipment might be delayed due to weather and availability, but we do not expect the delay to be longer than few weeks. The native milkweed growth rate will depend on your location, climate, and other factors, but we will provide instructions for the best and most optimal growth.
Milkweed is a poisonous plant (that’s why monarch caterpillars love it so much!), so be careful around it, as its sap is toxic. Do not rub your eyes after handling milkweed, do not ingest milkweed, and keep milkweed away from children, pets and livestock.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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