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#1 User is offline   Yaomato 

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Posted 01 October 2012 - 05:14 PM

Hi guys

I have a community garden and I would love to grow as many butterfly plants as I can to enrich the flora and fauna diversity in the garden. It would be more than lovely to have these beautiful creatures fluttering around the CG.

Plants that I am basically interested in now are Passiflora foetida, Calotropis gigantea and Asclepias curassavica. I am impartial to other plants too to have a more inclusive garden. Of course, a main concern, I feel, would be the other CGers worrying about their vegetables getting eaten. :P/>

If you have any suggestion, please feel free to let me know.

Thank you!
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Posted 01 October 2012 - 07:00 PM

you have pm. some question are rather sensitive. Dont post online.
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Posted 01 October 2012 - 07:11 PM

First most of the plant you mentioned, i am giving away.
http://www.greencult...utterfly-plant/

first creating such a garden is no easy task. Let solve part of the mystery on 1 december. Knowing what plant host to what butterfly would help in planning. Some are vine, some are very weedy shrub.

The other thread on butterfly plant should help a little.

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Posted 01 October 2012 - 09:58 PM

Is the talk taking place on the 1st of December?
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Posted 01 October 2012 - 11:06 PM

Ya .. Same one . I no expert so have to ask an expert .
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Posted 02 October 2012 - 12:00 PM

Hi Yaomato,
It is great that you are planting plants that attract butterflies. There are lots of greenery in Singapore but very little wildlife.
One of the most common misconception with butterfly is that by attracting butterflies, the caterpillars will eat the other plants in the garden, This concern is unfounded as butterfly caterpillars are very picky and will only eat very specific plants. This is one of the reason why the butterfly diversity and population are declining because the plants the caterpillar feeds on are disappearing and being replaced by non native plants.

In addition to the plants you mentioned, I suggest you also plant Aristolochia tagala and Tylophora flexuosa. I believe Digitalgate has the seeds or saplings for these plants.

Btw, where is your CG located ?
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Posted 03 October 2012 - 06:51 PM

his garden is in bedok reservoir , small plot .
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Posted 02 November 2012 - 01:35 PM

If you use butterfly netting with black woven polyethylene then it can deter most insects and virtually all moths and butterflies.
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Posted 09 November 2012 - 09:13 PM

Generally seed is gathered when the plants have finished flowering. Heathland species seeds can be captured by sweeping a light fine net (like a fine butterfly net) through plants on the roadside, although you need to be careful you dont capture weed seeds. Seeds from shrubs can be easily collected just before, or as the seed capsule opens.

Its important to realise that many Australian native plants are widely variable in the wild. For example, yellow buttons, a beautiful groundcover, grows naturally in every State of Australia. However in some areas it looks quite different from buttons growing in other areas. Climate, weather, and soil quality all contribute to varying plant charactaristics. The same applies to grevilleas, banksias, and many other species.
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Posted 30 November 2012 - 08:23 PM

Heathland species seeds can be captured by sweeping a light fine net through plants on the roadside, although you need to be careful you dont capture weed seeds.
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