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    Default Preventing Bees from Pollinating Citrus Trees

    Anyone know of something that can be sprayed on citrus trees to prevent bees from pollinating the trees in a residential yard? Want to preserve fruit production so don't want to do anything to harm the flowers...and netting is difficult and expensive. Basically looking for a repellent that won't harm the trees or bees...just keep them away from the self pollinating trees...

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    Default Re: Preventing Bees from Pollinating Citrus Trees

    Oh my darlin, oh my darlin, oh my darling clementine-- TK

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    Default Re: Preventing Bees from Pollinating Citrus Trees

    OK, had to double check to make sure my calender did not say April 1st.

    Don't worry the mud slides will cover and protect your tree from the awful bees.
    It's Washington County, Fl not Wahington....my bad

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    Default Re: Preventing Bees from Pollinating Citrus Trees

    someone needs a talk about the birds and the bees.

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    Default Re: Preventing Bees from Pollinating Citrus Trees

    Put a 5 gallon bucket of orange blossom honey in front of each tree you want to protect.put enough sticks,or packing peanuts across the to so that the bees don't drown,and they'll stay too busy with the honey to pollinate the trees...
    -Visualize Whirled Peas-

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    Default Re: Preventing Bees from Pollinating Citrus Trees

    While you didn't literally stumble into a hornet's nest, this is a beekeeping forum so, if help is not as forthcoming as you might expect, the topics discussed here are generally about how to increase pollen and nectar collection by our bees. Your's is the first I've seen seeking advice as to how to take food from the mouths of our babies.

    On a more practical note though, you might try contacting your local Cooperative Extention office. They might be able to help you.

    Wayne

    ........Dreadful sorry, Clementine.

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    Default Re: Preventing Bees from Pollinating Citrus Trees

    Call a lawyer and suit the beekeeper. Oh yeah. They already tried that.

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    Default Re: Preventing Bees from Pollinating Citrus Trees

    Are you concerned about your trees? your fruit? Do you know anything about fruit set and bees/pollinators on self-pollinating plants?
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    Default Re: Preventing Bees from Pollinating Citrus Trees

    Dang! I've got numerous grove owners begging for bees. What is this all about? Citrus is wind pollinated but they do get a 10-15% increase in fruit set with bees, so I'm told.

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    Default Re: Preventing Bees from Pollinating Citrus Trees

    Someone NOT wanting bees to pollenate something? This is a first for me.
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    Default Re: Preventing Bees from Pollinating Citrus Trees

    Thank you, all, for your replies. The reason I posed the question is because I am trying to figure out why my tangerine trees that are supposed to have very few seeds are full of seeds. A couple of articles I have read have said that over pollination by bees is the likely cause. Appreciate any/all suggestions. My local nursery said try Neem Oil...bees don't like that and it might keep them away. I was also told that commercial growers have methods to handle this situation...now just trying to figure out how growers produce "seedless" tangerines and I cannot (and I am talking same variety).

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    Default Re: Preventing Bees from Pollinating Citrus Trees

    The clementine varity tangarine does produce seeds when bee pollinated. The only remedy in so. cal. is to net the tree. I would also suggest planting a new tree of a diffrent variety that is not affected by bee pollination if netting is too much trouble.

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    Default Re: Preventing Bees from Pollinating Citrus Trees

    Thanks. Actually, the subject tree is a Satsuma Mandarin...supposedly very few seeds...but not in my yard...Netting is definitely an option, but hoping for an altnerative..

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    Default Re: Preventing Bees from Pollinating Citrus Trees

    Quote Originally Posted by TxFirefighter View Post
    Someone NOT wanting bees to pollenate something? This is a first for me.
    My parents and brother propagate daylilies. They "cross" them by hand - a known flower with another known flower - and do not want bees around mixing things up. However, I think they are beginning to realize it their opposition to honeybees is futile. There are more than enough bumblers and other buzzers to do the crossing for them. They've finally beginning to see that a hive would help in their vegetable garden. -james

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