Pollinators: What's the buzz?

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Pollinators: What's the buzz?

Pollinators are responsible for 1 out of 3 bites of food we eat! Pollinators- butterflies, bees, and moths-also help repopulate plants and add diversity to the environment, making an ecosystem more resilient. Unfortunately, pollinators are in decline. Gardeners are crucial to helping reverse this trend. The simple action of sowing seeds is powerful. It can create habitats that protect and feed pollinators, strengthening their population.

4 P's of Pollinator-Friendly Gardening

Plant flowers: Provide food for pollinators by sowing flowers, especially native varieties.
Plant diversity: Plant a diversity of bloom times, colors, and heights. By staggering bloom times, you provide a reason for pollinators to call your garden home throughout the growing season. Some pollinators are very small and need very small, open flowers in order to access the pollen or nectar. Sow a diversity of flower shapes and sizes, usually simpler (vs. double petal) varieties of flowers work for more species.
Provide water: In your water feature, create small islands with stones where pollinators can land, and climb in and out.
Pass on pesticides: Look for organic ways to block pests, disrupt their life cycle, and invite their predators. Integrated Pest Management (IMP) techniques utilize simpler solutions, such as using a fabric row cover to block pests. Sowing varieties like alyssum or allowing dill to flower, both attract beneficial and predatory insects.

Help Monarch Butterflies

In particular, Monarch butterfly populations have dropped by 90% in recent years. Researchers believe the decline is due to several key factors: milkweed plants are more scarce (a crucial food source for monarch caterpillars), habitat loss including nectar plants for adults, and pesticide use. Monarch butterflies travel an average of 3,000 miles during their annual migration-that takes a lot of energy!

You can increase their habitats by sowing diverse plants that flower specifically during migration. Be sure to include milkweed. Milkweed is the only food plant for monarch caterpillars. Adding native flowering plants will generally provide the highest quality nectar and will the easiest for you to care grow. . Perennials can take a year to flower, unless started indoors very early (10 to 12 weeks before your average last spring frost) and 3 to 5 years to achieve their full size, so integrating some annuals into the mix will provide nectar in the meantime. Deadheading (removing spent blooms) can extend the flowering period of many plants.

Which milkweed is best for my region?
Botanical Interests offers four milkweed varieties: Butterfly Milkweed, Irresistable Blend, Showy, and Common. Check the maps below to find which variety is native to your region.

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Sunflower Moulin Rouge Pollenless Seeds

A rich, velvety, deep red, pollenless sunflower developed for the cut flower market.

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Sunflower Peach Passion Pollenless Seeds

Awaken your senses with these dazzling peachy-yellow, pollen-free sunflowers.

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Sunflower Shock-O-Lat Seeds.

Set your garden on fire with the blazing colors of this tall beauty! A shockingly beautiful sunflower for cut flowers.

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Sunflower Vanilla Ice Seeds

Set your evening garden aglow with striking, vanilla cream-colored blossoms. Florist quality cut flowers.

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Sweet Pea Elegance Blend Seeds

Create an enchanted garden with this color combination of large sweet peas that bloom early. Ideal for cut flowers.

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Sweet William Black Adder Seeds

Dark, fragrant flowers add depth and contrast to flower beds. Butterflies and bees love their sweet and spicy scent.

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Sweet William Double Blend HEIRLOOM Seeds

Deliciously fragrant, blooms after spring bulbs, and before summer annuals.

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$ 1.69

Texas Bluebonnet Seed

The royal blue, state flower of Texas is breathtaking when planted in mass; superb for wildflower gardens. NATIVE.

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Texas Bluebonnet Sundial Lupine Seeds

One of six official Texas Bluebonnets. Tall pillars of springtime blossoms reflect the beauty of a summer sky. NATIVE.

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$ 1.89

Verbena Brazilian Vervain HEIRLOOM Seeds

Stunning plants of purple flower clusters on tall, airy branches. Superb cut flower.

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$ 1.79

Viola Corsican Violet HEIRLOOM Seeds

Enjoy delightful blue-purple flowers with white "whiskers" year after year. A vigorous self-sower.

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$ 2.39

Zinnia Cactus Flower Blend HEIRLOOM Seeds

Twist and shout! Huge, multi-petal beauties will be the show-offs of your garden and tabletop. Loved by butterflies.

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$ 1.99

Zinnia California Giants HEIRLOOM Seeds

Large (4"-6") flowers in an almost limitless range of colors last a long time before fading.

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$ 1.79

Zinnia Cut & Come Again HEIRLOOM Seeds

Vibrant colors; the more you cut, the more they bloom! Attracts butterflies.

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Zinnia Envy HEIRLOOM Seeds

A rare flower color, the chartreuse blossoms are unique attention-getters. Beautiful in floral arrangements.

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Zinnia Northern Lights Blend Seeds

A visual feast of color in fresh shades of pink, purple and burgundy. Beautiful in arrangements and bouquets.

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$ 1.89

Zinnia Peppermint Stick Seeds

Wow! As tantalizing as candy! A gardener's dream with long-lasting blooms of striking beauty.

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Zinnia Persian Carpet HEIRLOOM Seeds

Create a carpet of warm, festive colors in your flowerbed! Mexican zinnia is very heat and drought tolerant.

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Zinnia Thumbelina HEIRLOOM Seeds

charming, bright blooms on short plants are perfect for masses of color in the flower bed, container, or window box.

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Zinnia Thumbelina Organic HEIRLOOM Seeds

Bright blooms on short plants are perfect for masses of color in the flower bed, containers and window boxes.

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$ 2.39

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