M Is For Monarch – 7 Things You Can Do to Help Fuel Fall Monarch Butterfly Migration

By: , The Thoughtful Gardener

Welcome to our series of videos exploring how each and every one of us can play an important role in butterfly migration by planting fueling stations that will support them on their incredible journey.

We kick off our series by exploring the 7 things you can do to help monarch butterfly migration. It’s fun and easy, all you have to do is remember M-O-N-A-R-C-H! Check it out:

M is for Milkweed

Milkweed is the monarch butterfly’s host plant, and is essential for its journey south. There are several types of milkweed, so click here to learn which variety will work best for you.  

O is for One Source

It’s important to grow plants that are native to your area and likely to appeal to monarchs. The best way to insure this is to buy all of your plants and seeds from a single, reliable source.

N is for Native Plants

Native plants have developed a specific relationship with native insects. If you live in the path of monarchs’ migration, native plants are the way to go. Learn more about native plants here.

A is for Asters

Asters are high value plants – long bloomers that flower throughout the late summer and fall that provide essential nectar for monarch butterflies, and they’re beautiful, too.

R is for Repeat

Pollinators see in “drifts,” which means plants that are grouped together will be much easier for them to find. Always plant at least three of the same species in an area. If you want to go bigger, multiply by three.

C is for Connectivity

Reach out to your neighbors and encourage them to plant a pollinator garden as well. This will increase your visiting monarchs’ food supply, and will transform your pollinator patch into a pollinator station. 

H is for Herbs

Herbs are a great source of nectar for pollinators. They’re also low maintenance, and so useful! Planting even one small container of herbs is a win for you, and for butterflies.

More Videos on Butterfly Migration

To learn more about how you can help butterfly migration, be sure to click any one of the videos below:

Sign up for Heather’s course here, or watch all of the videos in this series on our YouTube channel.

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