If there was something you might do in your own glazed ceramic pot garden to help a butterfly, would you do it? If it better the look of your flowerbeds, fascinated helpful insects and was beneficial for the environment, would you think about it? It’s a vital question, & worth your consideration since the monarch butterfly essentials your help. Monarchs are beautiful colored large butterflies. We can recognize it by their white, black, and striking orange markings. They live in Australia, North, Central and South America, some specific Island, Western Europe and India.
Monarch Butterfly inhabitants are decreasing because of loss of habitat, forest degradation, and the extensive use of pesticides. Because of urban development and natural disasters, monarch butterfly’s food sources are not as available as they once were. But we can help other pollinators and monarch butterflies by creating a Monarch Waystation. A Monarch Waystation is a simple garden where we can grow nectar plants and milkweed like as you can grow these plants in the landscape. You can grow those in the glazed ceramic pot that you can keep on your front steps, balcony, deck or elsewhere around your house. For that, you need a glazed ceramic pot, plants, soil, and water.
For creating pollinators friendly Monarch Waystation – filled your glazed ceramic pot garden with milkweed and nectar plants which are free of herbicides and pesticides. When you grow milkweed in your glazed ceramic pot garden, it means you are rolling out a welcome mat for Monarchs butterflies. By this, you can provide a safe haven for pollinators and monarch butterflies to rest, feed, or lay their eggs.
Effective monarch waystations can be as small as 100 square feet that can be fit easily in a backyard. It can be a dedicated raised bed, a section of a vegetable garden or an herb garden. This trick is designed the flowerbeds to provide a safe harbor for butterflies. Butterfly plants require at least 6 hours of sunlight. Almost all kind of soil is acceptable for this glazed ceramic pot garden but well-drained soil is vital.
A butterfly’s garden also provides shelter from the wind. The garage, garden shed or the sunny side of a solid fence is a nice spot for a waystation. Dense planting with short and tall plants, also help to make a shelter from the wind as well as provide the shelter for pollinators from predators.
Monarchs breeding season is spring. As a host plant milkweed is essential for the survival of the species. Milkweed is the food source of adult butterflies and monarch larvae. Native plant’s flowers are fantastic sources of nectar for a monarch. But milkweed leaves are the only food that monarch caterpillars eat. They also lay their eggs on milkweed leaves and the tiny caterpillars are able to access to food the moment they hatch.
Now you need to know which pot you will use for your monarch waystation. Use a large glazed ceramic pot at least 18 inches wide. Nectar plants and milkweed contains longer root system. That’s why need spacious room to grow year round. Select a glazed ceramic pot that is large and deep as well. Larger glazed ceramic pot provides more protection from cold as well as enable perennials to overwinter more successfully.
Be sure your glazed ceramic pot has drainage holes. To promote drainage add pieces of gravel or broken clay pots in the bottom of your glazed ceramic pot. You can choose Ten Thousand pots’ containers because their provided pots don’t allow as much moisture to escape and great for interior or exterior for years without cracking or color fading under summer heat or bitter cold season.
After selecting glazed ceramic pot use the standard potting mix with a small amount of compost. Before planting soak the soil. Then plant plants and spray water well so that soil is soaked. In the summer water frequently. Now you need to know few plants for your container garden waystations. Let’s see which plants can grow well.
Usually, there is no serious disease or pests for milkweed plants. Though, in certain conditions, both whitefly and aphids can overrun your milkweed plants. To remove this issue use a jet of water to hose them off. Spraying time avoid clusters of monarch eggs that are growing on the affected plants.
In the end, I hope now you have got the idea how you will make a glazed ceramic pot monarch waystation at your house. Sure by following these basic tricks and tips, you can set up your own a beautiful Monarch Waystation. Also, visit Ten Thousand pots because visiting is the best way to understand who they are and what’s gardening products are available to make your gardening journey enjoyable. I encourage all to stop in and check Ten Thousand Pots out! Happy glazed ceramic pot monarch waystation!