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  1. #1
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    Default Build up on Eucalyptus

    Has anyone moved their bees onto California Eucalyptus (like Blue Gum) in November to build up until Feb/March?

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    Default Re: Build up on Eucalyptus

    I do not know about California but when I worked for jim powers on the big Island of Hawaii, we had bees on the windy side of the Island that built up nicely on Euc. They even made a little surplus. That sure was some nasty tasting honey though. It was something that only a momma Koala Bear would love!! TED

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    Default Re: Build up on Eucalyptus

    Thanks Ted,

    Do you think the bees would be active enough during the winter months if the average daytime temp was above 60F?

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    Default Re: Build up on Eucalyptus

    Back in the 60s when I started beekeeping on the central coast,Huston Honey and Knoefflers ran a lot of hives into the euc. I seem to remember it blooming in December.
    The outfit I worked for sold a lot of bottled up raw euc honey .It was dark and strong and I loved it.

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    Default Re: Build up on Eucalyptus

    Yes, I do. When I was in Hawaii, I learned that it can get kind of cool during the winter months. Lows down in the forties in the mornings. The mountains Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa can be snow capped during those months and the cool air sinks down toward the sea. But that did not slow the bees down at all. I saw them put up three mediums of Ohia honey in five days. So the lesson learned was if something is blooming and the plant yields copius amounts of nectar the bees will work it even in cold temperature. TED

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    Default Re: Build up on Eucalyptus

    My bees are on eucalyptus year round. The globulous starts around Halloween and goes until June. The blooms are scattered on the trees and neighborhoods, not all blooming at the same time. The penninsula used to be forested with them but many fewer left after post war development. Polyantemous blooms in spring until summer, and is used a lot on freeway cloverleafs. Ficifolia, red gum, is blooming right now. There are many other varieties planted here. The honeys are light to amber and excellent tasting. BTM (before the mites) we used to sometimes fill a medium October to February on the euc flow. I do a thorough honey clogged brood chamber purging in February. Less so now that half my bees die every winter.

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    Default Re: Build up on Eucalyptus

    Half your bees die every winter?

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    Default Re: Build up on Eucalyptus

    Since 2006 beekeepers in my area have been suffering massive winter losses, in a warm climate with winter bloom.

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    Default Re: Build up on Eucalyptus

    hmmmm... Bears thinking about. After summer losses, I am (and am not) looking forward to winter.

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    Default Re: Build up on Eucalyptus

    This Euc ficifolia was in bloom in 94010 industrial neighbor hood a few weeks ago.


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    Default Re: Build up on Eucalyptus

    Ted - That is great news. The only variable - I don't know what species I am dealing with and each species has a different bloom season covering the entire year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by odfrank View Post
    My bees are on eucalyptus year round. The globulous starts around Halloween and goes until June. The blooms are scattered on the trees and neighborhoods, not all blooming at the same time. The penninsula used to be forested with them but many fewer left after post war development. Polyantemous blooms in spring until summer, and is used a lot on freeway cloverleafs. Ficifolia, red gum, is blooming right now. There are many other varieties planted here. The honeys are light to amber and excellent tasting.
    This is my problem - I don't know when these trees bloom. I hear from one source in the area that they are blooming in the spring. A beekeper told me he got 12 barrels of honey out of there from June to December. My impression from reading about the history is that they were planted for lumber and were fast growing - sounds like globulous which is a winter bloomer. So I am clueless as usual. I am taking a trip to the property and plan on taking good photos and bringing back specimens to help identify what they are. I was really hoping for globulous because trees blooming from November to March would be perfect prior to almonds. Do you have a resource to recommend for identification?

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    Default Re: Build up on Eucalyptus

    This is globulus compact in bud and bloom. Most forests in California are globulus as far as I know.


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    Default Re: Build up on Eucalyptus

    Which species is the one they planted for pulp in the northern Sacramento Valley?

    I have a winter yard near one of those plantations and it has never bloomed during the time I am there(November to February).

    I think it blooms later in the spring.

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    Default Re: Build up on Eucalyptus

    odfrank and loggermike,

    Californians planted many varieties hoping for good lumber and found they did not work. Some planted for firewood and some for pulp. My understanding is that the firewood and pulp idea was a plan-b due to it not being good for lumber. Some species freeze so they are not planted in the central valley or up North. I think globulus was the most widely planted because it grows very fast and was thought to be good for wood.

    odfrank - what time of year was your globulus picture taken?

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    Default Re: Build up on Eucalyptus

    Quote Originally Posted by HVH View Post
    odfrank - what time of year was your globulus picture taken?
    Picture dated 2/11/2009, tree has since been pruned heavily.

    Many years ago I passed what looked like pulp stands somewhere on #5 north of Sacramento and those where all globulus. Those crowed forests don' make much bloom except the tops and edges.

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    Default Re: Build up on Eucalyptus

    If you took that picture in February, for globulus weren't they in bloom for a few months already prior to the photo?
    I was thinking of using the parcel with 100 acres of old growth eucalyptus for a holding yard. Another beekeeper told me he used to keep 100 colonies on that land for honey production. I just want to keep my bees alive for almonds.

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    Default Re: Build up on Eucalyptus

    hey HvH what area do you want to move your bees too for the eucalyptus

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    Default Re: Build up on Eucalyptus

    Quote Originally Posted by Heavenly bees View Post
    hey HvH what area do you want to move your bees too
    Yeah, and can you also give address and cross street too. lol
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    Default Re: Build up on Eucalyptus

    i was only trying to help him out on his question on when eucalyptus blooms because there is different areas that the different varietys bloom

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