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  1. #1
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    Default Crepe Myrtle for Bees?

    Does anyone plant Crepe Myrtle for bees?

    Dad has several out at the farm and the wild bees were working them like crazy a few weeks ago. I picked some seed and plan on starting a few around the house. They bloom late and fill the void for late summer/early fall.

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    Default Re: Crepe Myrtle for Bees?

    It can't hurt. I have some at work near my bees. Plus - they bloom a long time during summer. Looks to be mainly a pollen source, but the bees were loading up. Minus - about 12pm they shut down.

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    Default Re: Crepe Myrtle for Bees?

    Bees will work CM, but not heavily. Make sure the blooms are white or a light color.
    Fannbee

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    Default Re: Crepe Myrtle for Bees?

    Mine is red and they barely touch it. They constatly work my basil, I have a bed with about 5' of it. They were working it today at 73F.
    Mike
    N5RWH - 9a

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    Default Re: Crepe Myrtle for Bees?

    White generally blooms first. By planting an assortment of colors, you can extend the bloom period more than a month. AM is correct.
    Walt

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    Default Re: Crepe Myrtle for Bees?

    The one I took the seed from is light color, either white or lite pink.

    Basil? That would add a little flavor to the honey.

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    Default Re: Crepe Myrtle for Bees?

    Quote Originally Posted by jdmidwest View Post
    The one I took the seed from is light color, either white or lite pink.

    Basil? That would add a little flavor to the honey.
    Well they are Italian bees...
    Mike
    N5RWH - 9a

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