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  1. #1
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    Default Rosa Rugosa or Knock Out roses - do honey bees like them?

    Got some of these plants new this Spring and they are not blooming yet. Just wondering if the bees will work them.
    Disclaimer: I am not a doctor. Anyone practicing Bee Venom Therapy should proceed at their own risk.

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    Default Re: Rosa Rugosa or Knock Out roses - do honey bees like them?

    I have never seen a bee work either one of them.

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    Default Re: Rosa Rugosa or Knock Out roses - do honey bees like them?

    My bees don't work Knock Out roses. Will work coneflowers.

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    Default Re: Rosa Rugosa or Knock Out roses - do honey bees like them?

    Nor do they work my knock out roses. :-/
    Lee Burough
    I try to learn from my mistakes, and from yours when you give me a heads up :)

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    Default Re: Rosa Rugosa or Knock Out roses - do honey bees like them?

    So many of these "new and improved" hybrids have the nectar and pollen bred out--people don't want the "mess" in their yards of dropped fruit, etc. It is becoming a huge problem for the bees. If you want bee-friendly varieties, always go with the old fragrant varieties. If it doesn't smell good to you, it probably won't attract bees--we have similar tastes

  6. #6
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    Default Re: Rosa Rugosa or Knock Out roses - do honey bees like them?

    They work our rugosas, but only the singles. The doubles they can't get into.

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