Planting monarch habitat in Iowa

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Planting monarch habitat

Monarch habitat is planted in late fall, ideally November or December. If monarch habitat is planted in the spring, plant as early as possible. Soil temperatures for fall planting should be 40 degrees or colder to prevent fall germination. Grasses, sedges, and large-seeded forbs should be planted at depths of 1/4-inch to 1/8-inch, no deeper.

Planting monarch habitat

Curious about monarch habitat? From mid-November to mid-December of 2016, our research team planted dozens of habitat demonstration sites at more than 30 locations across Iowa. This video highlights important points to consider before planting such as ideal time of year, recommended soil temperature, and seed planting depth.

Monarch habitat is planted in late fall, ideally November or December. If monarch habitat is planted in the spring, plant as early as possible. Soil temperatures for fall planting should be 40 degrees or colder to prevent fall germination. Grasses, sedges, and large-seeded forbs should be planted at depths of 1/4-inch to 1/8-inch, no deeper. The conservation drill shown in this video is the FLXII-88 model by Truax. No endorsement of products or firms is intended, nor is criticism implied of those not mentioned.