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  1. #1
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    Outagamie County, Wisconsin USA
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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.
    Is it summer yet?

  2. #2
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    Chapel Hill, NC
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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.

  3. #3
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    Seneca, sc
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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.

  4. #4
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    DFW area, TX, USA
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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. :-/
    ...We don't see things as they are, we see things as WE are...

  5. #5
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    Nashville, TN
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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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    Aug 2009
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    Billerica, MA
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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.

  7. #7
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    Jul 2004
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    Beverly, Mass
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    Default Re: Rosa Rugosa or Knock Out roses - do honey bees like them?

    Rugosa's they take pollen, Never got a Honey crop. The hips are tasty!

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