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  1. #1
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    Feb 2013
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    Default Tamp Florida - When to add honey supers

    I live in Tampa Florida. I have had my bee hives for a full year now. I didn't get any honey last year. I would like to "do it right" this year. Can someone from the Florida area tell me when I should add honey supers to my hives?

    Thanks!

  2. #2
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    jacksonville,fl.USA
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    Default Re: Tamp Florida - When to add honey supers

    Iam in jacksonville and I added mine last week, some already have capped honey.after only a week, most of the orange is already blooming in your area, go for it.

  3. #3
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    Nov 2009
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    Default Re: Tamp Florida - When to add honey supers

    I'm in North Fl. too and I have had mine on for a little while too. I have already had two swarms this year. You are a lot further south than me. I would check your hives for swarm cells and go ahead and add supers.

  4. #4
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    Jun 2012
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    Largo,Florida
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    Default Re: Tamp Florida - When to add honey supers

    I'm just across the bay in Pinellas and I put my suppers on about two weeks ago. They were starting to draw them out when I last checked two days ago. I'd wait till this cold snap is over though. About Wednesday, I think we'll be back to the upper 70's again. Hope this helps.

  5. #5
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    Nov 2012
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    Davie, Florida, USA
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    Default Re: Tamp Florida - When to add honey supers

    rfisher: I agree with the others...now! Wait until the weather moderates. I had a cut out scheduled for Valentines that I rescheduled for Tuesday, when this weather is due to break. I think you will be seeing 80* again Tuesday...that would be my choice. I sure wouldn't wait long though! If you are off tomorrow, and have to work Tuesday, do it tomorrow in the warmth of the day.

  6. #6
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    Feb 2013
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    Default Re: Tamp Florida - When to add honey supers

    Thanks for the advise. I think I am going to listen and wait until later in the week (till the cold is gone). Do you know where I could find a general calendar that shows the months when the nectar flows are in central Florida? I am hoping to find something that gives me a general idea of when the nectar flows are and when to put on and take off the honey supers.

    THANKS again!

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
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    Pinellass County, Florida
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    Default Re: Tamp Florida - When to add honey supers

    I think you should come over to Tampa Bay beekeepers monthly meeting
    A real good,group of people
    You will get all the help,,tips you'll need
    Even come out and work their hives 70 or so
    And we end each meeting with door prizes
    Smokers hat box's frames and more
    We also have a manlake vender there with a,nice
    Trailer full of stuff
    All the above for $20.00 a year

    It's off I4 about a mile from lazy days rv

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