Asked on Oct 17, 2017

When can I cut down the milkweed plants?

Hillela G.


I live in east central Nebraska. I want to help the Monarch butterflies but don't know when they stop needing the milkweeds.

1 answer
  • Hillela G.
    on Oct 17, 2017

    If the milkweed is a perennial, like Asclepias curassavica (tropical milkweed) pictured above, you'll notice tiny leaves growing from the base of the plant at some point after the upper stems have been consumed. Wait for that. Then cut backstems to the new growth and the plant will take off from there.
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