Butterfly Garden Kits
Attract these beautiful insects
Getting butterflies to frequent your garden is a wonderful way to raise its natural beauty to amazing heights. While you may occasionally see a butterfly flit through your garden on its own, if you plan your garden effectively, you can attract these amazing insects much more often. And who wouldn't want to see the blazing splendor of their wings accentuating their landscape?
The Right Plants
A large part of ensuring that butterflies stay close to your garden is in preparing the area with the right plants so that they can eat and breed. Butterflies are attracted to two basic types of plants. The first one is a nectar plant, which produces a sweet fluid that butterflies eat. The second type of plant is the host plant, which attracts female butterflies to lay eggs in it by providing food for their young.
Adding nectar producing plants to your garden shouldn't be a problem – they come in many varieties and colors and you should be able to find one that meshes with your garden's theme. Host plants, on the other hand, are another matter. They tend to be larger and more invasive plants, and since they are used by caterpillars for food, they tend to look eaten up and unattractive.
Using a butterfly garden kit is the perfect solution; these live butterfly kits duplicate the host plant for the caterpillars and provide a disposable butterfly rearing kit. They come with everything you need to get going and can be hung up outside or even kept on a countertop inside if you want to monitor your butterflies' progress more closely.
The entire process takes about three weeks. You can finally get the butterfly population that you've always wanted for your garden. Remember, butterflies seek out bright and sunny areas with light winds, so a butterfly garden should get at least five hours of sun a day. Seven hours of sunlight is ideal.
Also consider placing a few broad flat objects, like stones or a bench in your garden. These allow the butterflies a place to sun themselves in the morning, which is a vital part of removing the night chill from their bodies, allowing them to become active.
One other major factor to remember is that using insecticides in your garden will drive off or kill your butterflies. If you are attempting to prevent predation by garden pests, consider importing ladybugs or praying mantises to naturally control the problem.
So take the guesswork out of changing your garden's landscape to become butterfly friendly. With ready-to-plant butterfly garden kits, you can raise the butterflies yourself and guarantee that they will be introduced into your garden. All you have to do after that is ensure you have plenty of nectar plants, and the butterflies are sure to stay.