Wisconsin Pollinator Newsletter-July 22, 2018


How To Grow Milkweed From Cuttings

All milkweeds are perennials and some can be grown from cuttings. Summer is a prime time to take native milkweed cuttings for a few compelling reasons:

• Native milkweed plants still have herbaceous, viable stems
• Mid-summer cuttings will grow roots in plenty of time for fall planting
• You can keep the cuttings containers outdoors

Steps for Taking Native Milkweed Cuttings

• Use organic peat or all-purpose potting soil in pots. An alternative idea is to place cuttings in 2 liter soda bottles to give each cutting optimal growing conditions in their own mini-greenhouse.
• Mix in perlite or coarse sand to allow more air to reach the newly forming roots
• Water soil thoroughly.
• Insert chopstick/pencil in soil to make holes for placing cuttings.
• Use a sharp hand pruner to take cuttings and cut the stems under water.
• Take a cutting that has between 3-5 leaf nodes (or is about 4″ long).
• Pinch off all but the top two pairs of leaves from your cuttings so that water doesn’t evaporate through the leaves.
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Trees That Help Pollinators

Consider the incredible quantity of nectar produced by a tree in bloom. Now consider the compounded effect of many trees blooming in strategic sequence throughout the growing season. Trees can provide excellent food for honey bees and many other pollinators, Your top choice should always be regionally appropriate. A tree that’s comfortable in its environment is much more likely to be a healthy tree.

Consider the incredible quantity of nectar produced by a tree in bloom. Now consider the compounded effect of many trees blooming in strategic sequence throughout the growing season. Trees can provide excellent food for honey bees and many other pollinators, Your top choice should always be regionally appropriate. A tree that’s comfortable in its environment is much more likely to be a healthy tree.
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Netflix Honeybee Documentary: Hive Alive

Hive Alive is now on Netflix and is a 2-part BBC documentary on the honeybee. In Hive Alive, Chris, together with fellow presenter and beekeeper Martha Kearney, turned their attention to bees, devoting the kind of resources that 007 would be proud of.

Hive Alive is now on Netflix and is a 2-part BBC documentary on the honeybee. In Hive Alive, Chris, together with fellow presenter and beekeeper Martha Kearney, turned their attention to bees, devoting the kind of resources that 007 would be proud of.


Enter To Win Save the Bees t-shirt

Wisconsin roadsides are largely devoid of native plants and the beauty they once engendered as we travelled our roads. The WI Department of Transportation (DOT) has chosen to replace the natural flora with non-native grasses and forbs.

Restore native flowers and shrubs along Wisconsin roadways. Ask the Department of Transportation to stop planting non-native grasses.

Restore the natural beauty of our State by using native plants along roadways and earn a chance to win this t-shirt . Contest ends August 31, 2018. Three shirts will be awarded.
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Wisconsin Native Plant Nurseries

The Wisconsin Native Plant Nurseries listing was compiled by the Natural Heritage Conservation Program, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. The list provides information on Wisconsin nurseries that primarily carry native plants.

This list is a long catalog that may seem formidable but in digging through the list I found some gems and I encourage you to take some time to look it over. There are just a sampling of what I found on the list.

Agrecol Nursery Midwest ecotype seeds and plants, most of which are Southern Wisconsin ecotype. They sell grass, sedge, legume and forb seed and plants for prairies, savannas, wetlands and woodlands

Kinnickinnic Natives
Specializes in growing Lady’s Slippers and local ecotype prairie, woodland, and savanna species from Pierce and St. Croix Counties in Wisconsin

Kesters Wild Game Food Nurseries < br /> Sells native wetland plants in quantity and native seed as well as non-native species for wildlife plantings..

WI Native Plant Nurseries



Pesticides Safe For Pollinators

Approximately 4,000 species of bees are native to the United States. These wild insets provide crop pollination services and are often specialized for foraging on particular flowers. This specialization results in efficient pollination, high yields and larger produce.

The reduced use of pesticides as well as more sustainable management practices makes farms an important asset in protecting our pollinator resources. Bees are poisoned by insecticides they absorb the toxins through their exoskeleton, drink tainted nectar when dusts become trapped in the pollen collecting hairs.

The fact sheet provides a brief overview of how to select and apply pesticides to minimize pollinator mortality..

Pesticides and Pollinators