Re: How late can I split?
I think you got that backwards. I just got back from SC, Horry County, and nectar flows started in April. I have always been told that, in SC, May is the month that honey is produced there.
Originally Posted by mgburton
That commercial nursery won't be much benefit to your bees. I bet they do a lot of spraying and I also doubt that their flowering plants produce much nectar or will be flowering before they are shipped.
You should buy queens for your splits made after today. Your nectar flow will probably be ending soon. A cpl more weeks maybe.
My bees winter in SC and I have no problem opening hives and feeding during the winter months. There are usually plenty of days during any week span of time in SC during the winter when bees can get to syrup. Not that one should always have syrup on hives through the winter. There is enough moisture in hives in SC during the winter as they normally are w/out adding more. My point is, don't be afraid to open your hives during the winter.
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