Monarch caterpillars not eating milk weed
I bought milk weed from two different nurseries for my caterpillars. They were not eating the first plants I got, so I bought more which they have almost stripped now, yet they will not get on the first set of plants I bought.
Is there something out there that nurseries put on plants so the caterpillars won't eat them? (there were no caterpillars when I bought the plants - had to go to a different nursery to find those.) Also, my other thought was that my mother put some liquid foliar feeding on the plants not too long ago. I tried to wash the leaves but I'm thinking that may be the problem also. Any ideas? Thanks!
That is very interesting. Is it possible that the plant was mislabeled and not really a milkweed or do you recognize it as a milkweed?
As far as the nurseries putting something on the plant (chemical?)....I suppose that is possible although I have never had that problem with the many milkweed plants I have bought from nurseries. I also wouldn't think the plant food should make a difference.
If you are sure this is a milkweed plant, maybe you could try giving the plant a good "shower" outside to wash off anything that might be offensive to the caterpillars.
I would guess the common milkweed plants would be up in Texas. Could you look for some on the roadside and bring home leaves for your caterpillars to eat?
I hope this helps.
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