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    Here's a pic of a Eucalyptus tree by one of my apiaries today.

    http://www.pbase.com/beekeeper/image/52430570

    The honey smell outside the hives is almost overpowering, with temps in the 70s, no wind, very little competition from other insects etc.. and the eucs starting to bloom.

    For us, the winter/spring time is when we get most of our honey, since there are 6 months in the middle of the year when we get little or no rain. When we get a lot of sun during Nov-Feb we can get 100 pounds per hive, but if it's really rainy the hives don't ever seem to give us too much.

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    I would more call that in "bud", rather than in bloom. I don't think the buds have popped yet in that pic. My favorite euc's are the one's that drip nectar. Park under them and you can harvest nectar off your car.

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    Buds are grey, blooms are white. They bloom over a 3-4 month period due to seedling variation.

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    A question for you two knowledgeable eucalyptus honey fans.
    I'm near Fresno and think I can gain access to some small groups (1-5 acres) of eucalyptus. Do you know if I can get a worthwhile amount from these small areas that may be classified as euc? What time of year would they bloom here?
    One person told me they bloom all year long (?)
    Should I look for the same type buds/blooms as in your picture? Thanks.
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    Yes, the big eucalyptus trees that you often see used as windbreaks or lining roads. They bloom from Oct to March, but in any given location it's not as long, as I said closer to 3 months. As you go south they bloom eariler. I've heard that in some areas of Southern Ca people can get up to 300 pounds from the eucs. In San Luis Obispo, where I'm at, a good hive can give you 100 pounds, but that's totally dependent on the weather.

    Tell me which city your potential location is next to.

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    I'm just south of Fresno in Hanford and one plot of eucalyptus I'm looking at is 5 miles south of Hanford and the other is west of hwy 43 north of Lemoore. I have never noticed buds/blooms like in your picture. When should the bloom be here?
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    Nice pictures Tim. I seem to recall a picture of you modeling your own design for a bee suit for handling AHB colonies, but I couldn't find it. Is it still around?

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    http://webpages.charter.net/tvaughan/tim.html

    Sorry, Laurence, I don't know that area well. But even if you get 50 extra pounds up that area will it be worth your time and gas for just a couple hives?

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    I seem to recall a picture of you modeling your own design for a bee suit for handling AHB colonies, but I couldn't find it. Is it still around?

    http://webpages.charter.net/tvaughan/tim.html
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    Thanks, Tim. I'm going to see what I can do. I found another possible eucalyptus location today.
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    Tim, looks like that suit will be a lot more inexpensive than the Golden Bee Products suit I have. [img]smile.gif[/img] And you can make it yourself from recycled materials! Everything you could ever want.
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    Aye, that's the one. Well ventilated. I like that in a suit. Thanks Tim!
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    Sigh. I showed that picture to my wife and she accused me of downloading porn...
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    I had shorts on underneath.........

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