can i grow butterfly weed in a container

Care: Through the summer, you can deadhead the flowers to encourage further blooming. Collect seeds from annuals to use next year and collect seeds from perennials to share with friends or scatter outside.

A Monarch Waystation simply is a garden that has both milkweed and nectar plants and just as you can grow these plants in the ground, you can also do it in containers that you keep on your deck, balcony, front steps or elsewhere around your home. All you need is pots, soil, plants and water.

Overwintering perennials in pots:
– In late fall, cut old stems down to 4″ height.
– Wait until plants are dormant (temperatures into the 30s) to overwinter them
– Group pots close together to provide greater warmth/protection.
– Water thoroughly before temperatures dip and the ground freezes. This provides some water through winter and some protection from the cold.
– Overwinter your plants either inside an unheated garage, a shed or outside in a sheltered spot on the ground (the ground will provide some warmth. A raised deck or pavement is too cold)
– Overwintering outside (on the ground or in a shed): Cover the pots/plants with leaves for insulation.
-Overwintering inside a garage: Provide water occasionally just to slightly moisten the soil. Look for a spot that stays 32-45°F.
– Late April, early May take your plants back out to their regular locations, water and watch them return.

Which pot? Larger pots (at least 18” wide) made of plastic are preferred. Perennial plants (milkweeds and nectar plants) have longer root systems and need room to grow year after year, so choose a pot that is at least 18″ deep as well. Larger pots also provide more protection from cold, enabling perennials to overwinter more successfully.

Soil & Water: Use standard gardening soil with a small amount of compost. Soak soil well prior to planting, then plant plants and water well so that soil is saturated. Water plants as needed through the summer so they do not dry out.

Recommended plants for Container Garden Waystations:
Milkweeds (native, perennial): Butterflyweed and Swamp milkweed
Nectar plants (native, perennial): asters, goldenrods, rudbeckia/coneflowers, liatrus, coreopsis
Nectar plants (non-native, annual): Lantana, verbena, zinnia, cosmos, Mexican sunflower

Choose pots that have good drainage. Include pieces of a broken clay pots or gravel in the bottom of your pot to promote drainage. Plastic pots are preferred over clay because they do not allow as much moisture to escape. Clay can also break in the winter.

More tips can be found online for overwintering plants. It requires some care but is quite satisfying to do.

Can i grow butterfly weed in a container

Butterfly bushes can grow well in containers, provided the right potting mix and container location. Several dwarf varieties, like the Lo and Behold and Pugster series, are especially sized for container growing since they are slightly more or less than 2 feet high and wide each summer. Placing the container where it receives at least 6 hours of sun a day, preferably 8 hours, ensures the best flowering. Then, check some of the tips below for soil and watering of butterfly bushes grown in containers vs. those grown in the ground.

Planting Butterfly Bush in Pots

If a butterfly bush is in a weatherproof container, it can stay outside in winter. In colder climates at the edge of a variety's growing zone, it is best to leave the container where it gets some winter sun. Leave the stems on a butterfly bush after leaves drop. This protects it better in winter than if it is pruned in fall. For a container that will last long, choose a high-end glazed ceramic container.

Fertilizing Butterfly Bush in Pots

To grow a butterfly bush in a pot, it is best to plant the bush in spring, after danger of frost has passed and before peak summer heat. It's possible to plant them in fall, but containers cool more than the ground, so using a pot for a butterfly bush at the colder end of their hardiness zone (usually about zone 5) can cause freeze damage if the roots have not had time to grow. Choose full sun year-round if possible. Be sure the container chosen will hold the shrub, so the diameter should be a little larger and twice as tall as the root ball/container of the plant purchased. The container should have plenty of drainage holes and be weatherproof for outdoors.