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Poway Valley Garden Club (PVGC) gathered at Sunshine Care

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Poway, CA — 12 members of the Poway Valley Garden Club (PVGC) gathered at Sunshine Care in Poway on Sat. Jan. 23 to plant over 3000 milkweed seeds which will provide food for hungry Monarch caterpillars. Most of the plants will be growing in Sunshine Care’s Greenhouse and monitored by Horticulture Manager, Roy Wilburn who is also Co-President of PVGC.

PVGC will be selling these milkweed plants as well as many plants, flowers and vegetables at their annual flower show and plant sale in Old Poway Park on Saturday, April 11th. Milkweed seeds and plants are also available at local nurseries or on line at sites such as www.livemonarch.com or www.saveourmonarchs.org.

Butterflies go through four stages of development: Egg, caterpillar, chrysalis (similar to a cocoon), and adult. Although butterflies can nectar on many flowering plants, the female Monarch needs to find milkweed to lay her eggs because milkweed is the caterpillars’ only food source. The egg will hatch in 4 days and the caterpillar will reach maturity in 9-14 days after shedding their skin (molting) 4 times. When the caterpillar is 2-3 inches in length and the thickness of a pencil, it will hang upside down looking a like a “j” and will shed its final skin to reveal the bright green chrysalis. After 8-12 days, it will emerge as an adult butterfly.

There has been a dramatic decline in Monarch butterfly numbers due to habitat loss and herbicides which kill milkweed, not to mention severe weather in 2002 when over 270 million Monarchs (80% of the entire breeding population) froze to death while overwintering in Mexico.

The members of Poway Valley Garden Club invite you to join them in planting milkweed in your gardens and in containers on patios. You will be surprised at how quickly you will attract the butterflies. When the eggs hatch, the caterpillars will eat the milkweed, but the milkweed will regrow, so no pesticides, please. Pesticides will kill the caterpillars. It takes about 20 milkweed leaves to feed each caterpillar.

Share the seeds from your plants you grow with friends and neighbors near and far to provide a food source for Monarchs along their 3000 mile migration throughout the U.S. and Canada and back again. Your help can insure that Monarch butterflies will survive for generations to come. For more information about projects at PVGC, go to www.powayvalleygardenclub.org.

Donna Payton, Co-President PVGC

Poway Valley Garden Club (PVGC) gathered at Sunshine Care

Office Phone:  (858) 674-1255 x202
E-Mail: info@sunshinecare.com

Poway, CA — 12 members of the Poway Valley Garden Club (PVGC) gathered at Sunshine Care in Poway on Sat. Jan. 23 to plant over 3000 milkweed seeds which will provide food for hungry Monarch caterpillars. Most of the plants will be growing in Sunshine Care’s Greenhouse and monitored by Horticulture Manager, Roy Wilburn who is also Co-President of PVGC.

PVGC will be selling these milkweed plants as well as many plants, flowers and vegetables at their annual flower show and plant sale in Old Poway Park on Saturday, April 11th. Milkweed seeds and plants are also available at local nurseries or on line at sites such as www.livemonarch.com or www.saveourmonarchs.org.

Butterflies go through four stages of development: Egg, caterpillar, chrysalis (similar to a cocoon), and adult. Although butterflies can nectar on many flowering plants, the female Monarch needs to find milkweed to lay her eggs because milkweed is the caterpillars’ only food source. The egg will hatch in 4 days and the caterpillar will reach maturity in 9-14 days after shedding their skin (molting) 4 times. When the caterpillar is 2-3 inches in length and the thickness of a pencil, it will hang upside down looking a like a “j” and will shed its final skin to reveal the bright green chrysalis. After 8-12 days, it will emerge as an adult butterfly.

There has been a dramatic decline in Monarch butterfly numbers due to habitat loss and herbicides which kill milkweed, not to mention severe weather in 2002 when over 270 million Monarchs (80% of the entire breeding population) froze to death while overwintering in Mexico.

The members of Poway Valley Garden Club invite you to join them in planting milkweed in your gardens and in containers on patios. You will be surprised at how quickly you will attract the butterflies. When the eggs hatch, the caterpillars will eat the milkweed, but the milkweed will regrow, so no pesticides, please. Pesticides will kill the caterpillars. It takes about 20 milkweed leaves to feed each caterpillar.

Share the seeds from your plants you grow with friends and neighbors near and far to provide a food source for Monarchs along their 3000 mile migration throughout the U.S. and Canada and back again. Your help can insure that Monarch butterflies will survive for generations to come. For more information about projects at PVGC, go to www.powayvalleygardenclub.org.

Donna Payton, Co-President PVGC