Re- caterpillar re-homing

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    Hi I have tried so diligently to avoid my cats from starving but are having to buy more plants as my seedlings are just too small and cant seem to find any new plants around. Is there anyone in Palmerston North that can take a few off me please 021 1458800.

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    We have been running a series of Tips on our Facebook page

    MBNZT on FB

    I summarised them all here:

    Tips for Busy Monarch Lovers

    To be honest I think it’s going to be hard work finding much swan plant/milkweed in garden centres for the remainder of this season and I urge you all to conserve as much food as what you have – and also to increase your supplies where you can.

    I’m about to post another tip in Facebook and this one will say NOT to pull out any little swan plants growing in lawns or places where you don’t want them. They may well satisfy a caterpillar for half a day and you’ll be grateful of them all.

    We have some nice plants for sale (Blockhouse Bay, Auckland). If you’re not in Auckland, you could perhaps band together with some other locals in the same predicament and phone someone like The Plant Place, Hamilton, to see if they might ship you some established plants down.

    Good luck everyone!



    Do you use Facebook, NicNak? You could try the Monarchs at Apollo Park page and ask them, or try Melissa at Flutterby Monarchs and see what she has to say:

    She may well know of where there are plants – or may take some caterpillars off you.

    Good luck!


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