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    Roger. That’s what we needed to know.
    Thanks!


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    Hi Leslie,
    Could you please elaborate on this:

    “One wing was not inflating properly so I used a technique Fiona told me about and it worked! ”

    Just in case… Thanks. 🙂

    in reply to: Who can help me identify this caterpillar? #56658

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    No idea. Maybe try him on a variety of caterpillar-type foods? (Lettuce, Cabbage, Fruit-tree leaves etc.) and see which ones he’s partial to?

    in reply to: Tropical Milkweed (Red) Germination Time? #56637

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    Hi Caryl. Thanks for that snippet. We’re still getting 20C+ days in AKL and ‘cold isn’t expected for some time.
    I’m just home from a weekend away and now have 8/36 germination. So the Plan ‘A’ is still in-play.

    “Cold stratification” is now on my radar…

    Cheers!

    in reply to: Tropical Milkweed (Red) Germination Time? #56618

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    Thanks, Milkweed, so much, for your input. Our seeds are in the potting mix for 2 weeks now so thete’s no going back.
    I have 6/36 seedlings germinated and placed in the sunny spot for daily warmth.
    Will just have to wait and see what happens over the coming days for the tardy 30/36.
    Best regards,

    in reply to: Tropical Milkweed (Red) Germination Time? #56607

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    Thanks for the swift responses Leslie & Jacqui. Much appreciated.
    Well, we have sown all the seeds so we have to cross our fingers, eyes and legs.
    In Auckland it’s still 21C daily and no lower than 12C overnight so I think the temp isn’t too bad?
    We both have a sunny spot for them. No hot-house or heating pads but I have plastic ‘takeaway tray’ lids over them to act as mini-hothouses. That worked for the Swannies.

    It was the bright colour of the red flowers which attracted us to the idea of growing them. We had only ever thought White Swan Plants were the single food for Monarchs. After scouring this site we found the red, yellow and even the purple plants. Very exciting.

    In the meantime, patience is hopefully a virtue. Maggie may have some thoughts to add. I’ll report back in a few days.
    Cheers!

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