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    Question What is the deal with Lavender?

    I have about a dozen Mustad lavender plants on the corners of my vegetable gardens and the plants are covered with bees all day. They are in motion with all sizes and types of bees all day long and I do not understand how the bees could get much from the plants with that much activity. Really has me curious if they are attracted to the smell or if the plant produces that much nectar that quickly. With hundreds of bees working a dozen small plants continuous what are they gaining?
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    Default Re: What is the deal with Lavender?

    Our lavender plants are the same!! Always covered with bees of all types.

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    Default Re: What is the deal with Lavender?

    A beek friend of mine said that he heard from another beek (so about three seperations from the original conversation) that lavender was a natural miticide/fungacide and that he planted a lot for his bees. He gave me some too. Bees seem to like it.

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    Default Re: What is the deal with Lavender?

    I was wondering that myself. I was wondering if it would help for tracheal and varroa. Lavender has very antiseptic properties so it might be true. Last year one of my hives was covered with varroa, this year I haven't seen a one.(we have 1500 lavender plants)

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    Default Re: What is the deal with Lavender?

    Lavender is a major honey plant in some parts of the world.
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    Default Re: What is the deal with Lavender?

    Seems to me if Lavender had natural miticide effects we would be hearing of more being planted around apiary's.

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    Default Re: What is the deal with Lavender?

    Maybe lavender is like borage--I read that the flowers refill with nectar every 2 - 3 minutes.

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    Default Re: What is the deal with Lavender?

    I'm up to 60 Lavender plants and would like to about 300. Borage has to be one of my favorite plants for bees, they love it and it reseeds itself yearly.
    Jack Moore ~ Sticky Bear Apiary
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    Default Re: What is the deal with Lavender?

    Anyone found a good place for borage seeds as well as lavender starts.?

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    Default Re: What is the deal with Lavender?

    One can get Borage by the pound here http://www.myseeds.co/borage-seed-ed...FaYWMgodEEYAqQ or here service@edenbrothers.com. Lavender is a lot harder to find, normally I wait until the 2.5 qt sizes go on sale and pick a couple of flats up at a time.
    Jack Moore ~ Sticky Bear Apiary
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    Default Re: What is the deal with Lavender?

    I have started a new thread for Lavender & Coriander (Cilantro) for Mite control. I'd love to know more!

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    Default Re: What is the deal with Lavender?

    Funny, I never see honeybees on my lavender. It's always covered in bumblebees.

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    Default Re: What is the deal with Lavender?

    Quote Originally Posted by chr157y View Post
    Funny, I never see honeybees on my lavender. It's always covered in bumblebees.
    I think the cultivar matters. Mine don't seem to visit Hidecote Blue but they are all over the Provence and Grosso Lavender.

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    Default Re: What is the deal with Lavender?

    Same here!

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    Default Re: What is the deal with Lavender?

    Quote Originally Posted by chr157y View Post
    Funny, I never see honeybees on my lavender. It's always covered in bumblebees.
    Same here - an occasional honey bee but mostly just big black bumblebees and occasionally a bright yellow jacketed one.

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    Default Re: What is the deal with Lavender?

    I have lavendar (purple) and lots of cilantro (latino here) and the **** honey bees do not seem interested.

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