MIlkweed near vegetable garden

Asked May 16, 2017, 10:44 AM EDT

I now live permanently a few miles south of Northport, MI, or 45 minutes north of Traverse City, on a sweet cherry farm we have been re-habbing for 11 years. I have lots of garden space, and would like to put in milkweed to support the monarch butterflies. Do any negative considerations exist that I need to consider? ie, does the caterpillar eat just the milkweed, or are they a threat to vegetable plants or sweet cherry trees? Thanks, Sarah

Leelanau County Michigan fruit and vegetables

1 Response

The only negative aspect of planting milkweeds is that the seed produced can drift and start new plants. This is not a big deal unless you are upwind and very close to a commercial farm or neighbor who might consider the milkweed to be a nuisance. The caterpillar is specific to milkweed and not a problem on other plants