Get Your FREE Milkweed Seeds & Save the Monarchs!

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Did you know you can get free Live Monarch seeds to plant in your own garden? The Live Monarch Foundation will send you free milkweed seeds for a self-addressed, stamped envelope. To best support saving the monarch butterflies, please also consider buying more seeds or better yet, starter milkweed plants. You can make a donation for other benefits, as well!

Planting the seeds of the milkweed flower helps to create favorable conditions for endangered monarch butterflies. Consider creating a pollinator garden to help do your part to save these beautiful creatures.

Female Monarch Butterfly on Milkweed Plant - Photo Courtesy of LiveMonarch.com
Female Monarch Butterfly on Milkweed Plant – Photo Courtesy of LiveMonarch.com

Let’s get to know a little more about monarch butterflies and Live Monarch!

What is Live Monarch?

Live Monarch is an organization that offers education and assistance in supporting the Monarch Butterfly and other native creatures facing a decline in their natural habitats and populations. This group provides an opportunity to purchase low-cost milkweed seeds – the preferred host plant for Monarch butterflies, as well as free milkweed seeds for a self-addressed stamped envelope (SASE).

Are monarch butterflies endangered?

According to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, monarch butterflies as worthy as being listed endangered under the Endangered Species Act, but other priorities preclude it. (Source: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service) Continued monarch butterfly conservation efforts will be important to the survival of the species.

How can you help save monarch butterflies?

Planting milkweed seeds and plants on your own property will be valuable efforts to help protect and save monarch butterflies. Also called butterfly weed, milkweed serves as a host plant for monarch caterpillars. Consider planting a pollinator garden with lots of flowers to produce nectar for adult monarch butterflies to drink. Buy milkweed seeds from LiveMonarch.com to support these beautiful creatures!

Which flowers produce nectar for monarch butterflies to eat?

Monarch butterflies love the nectar from milkweed, as well as butterfly bush and zinnias. Flowers with tubular florets make it easiest for monarchs to collect the nectar. Plant lots of zinnias, asters, and coneflowers for your pollinator garden. In fact, you could make an entire monarch butterfly garden specifically with these flowers in mind!

You may also find a monarch butterfly feeding on red clover, thistles, or other common plants seen as weeds in most backyards.

Get Free Milkweed Seeds from Live Monarch

It only takes a few moments to get your free Live Monarch milkweed seeds in exchange for a self-addressed, stamped envelope (SASE).

Follow these steps to order your own free monarch seeds:

  1. Go to the Live Monarch website’s free milkweed seeds page.
  2. Get a blank envelope and address it to Live Monarch as outlined on their website.
  3. Write your address (return address) on the upper-left corner or affix an address label.
  4. Place a postage stamp in the upper-right corner.
  5. On a second blank envelope, write your name and address on the front.
  6. Place a postage stamp in the upper-right corner.
  7. Fold the SASE and place it inside of the first envelope, which you’re mailing to Live Monarch in Georgia.
  8. Instead of just receiving the free milkweed seeds (15+ per SASE), consider placing a small order for a bigger packet of seeds, or starter milkweed plants, etc. The cost is small and it really helps the foundation to keep working hard to save the butterflies.
  9. If you do order more, refer to the Live Monarch website for cost and payment options and plan accordingly.

Live Monarch Seeds

Once you get your free Live Monarch seeds, make sure to plant them properly for best results.

When planting butterfly weed from seed, here are a few tips:

  • Cold Stratify – Determine if your seeds need to be stratified or cold treated before planting. Some milkweed seeds need a bit of a freeze before they’ll grow.
    • If you wish, plant milkweed seeds in the fall. They’ll naturally get the cold they need to germinate in the spring! Don’t forget to mark them with a plant marker if you do this!
  • Scatter & Sow – Scatter milkweed seeds on the soil surface and lightly sprinkle a bit of soil on top. Bury them no more than ¼-inch.
  • Water & Care – Water regularly until plants emerge and become established. Monitor often for growth and moisture needs.

Okay, now it’s time to make sure you’ve done your part to order or buy milkweed seeds!

Get started – https://www.livemonarch.com/free-milkweed-seeds/

Supporting Monarch Butterflies

In our 2021 garden, we were dazzled to find occasional Monarch Butterflies visiting our zinnia patch! Seeing this incredible creature definitely inspired us to do more of our part to help the butterflies.

Beautiful Monarch Butterfly Visiting Our Zinnia Garden in late July of 2021.
Beautiful Monarch Butterfly Visiting Our Zinnia Garden in late July of 2021.

Do you know of any other ways to help the monarch butterflies? Can you share any tips on growing milkweed from seed?

Please share with us in the comments below! Also feel free to ask any questions you may have and we can all help each other to help save the monarch butterflies!

By the way, if you like monarch butterflies, you may also be interested in black swallowtail butterflies!

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    1. The Live Monarch Foundation will match you up with the Milkweed seeds that are considered native for your area. 🙂 I am not affiliated with them directly but trying to do my part to help save the monarchs. Hope you are able to get some seeds!

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