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  1. #1
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    Default Do bees work Chicory

    Does anyone know if honey bees work chicory? There is quite an abundance of chicory where I live, but I have not seen honey bees actively working chicory. But, they could work it at certain times when I have not checked.

    Thanks
    Shane

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    Default Re: Do bees work Chicory

    Yes. It only produces nectar part of the day, but it produces it for a long period from early summer to first frost.
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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    Default Re: Do bees work Chicory

    Thanks Micheal.

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    Default Re: Do bees work Chicory

    Lots of it growing along the roadsides in NE Ohio. I have not seen a bee on one before.
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    Default Re: Do bees work Chicory

    I see lots of honey bees working chicory in Virginia. It produces nectar in the AM. Flowers start to fold up around noon or early afternoon.

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    Default Re: Do bees work Chicory

    Lots of chicory down at the road by my mailbox went down to check it out shortly after sunup. There were hundreds if not thousands of bees on it. They were only on it where the sun was shining. All were packing a lot of pollen. I believe it makes nectar in the mornings also, not sure though.

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    Default Re: Do bees work Chicory

    Honey bees, bumbles and numerous small feram bees where working a large chicory patch this morning. The time was about 9:30. A quick check after church, about 12:30, revealed no bees working the same chicory. Thanks for the replies.

    Next year, I might try to enlarge this patch. To me, chicory is a neat little plant.

    Shane

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