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  1. #1
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    Default Good Plants/Trees for Pollen Production

    I was wondering what some good plants and trees that would benefit my bees with a long bloom time and lots of pollen. Preferably these plants/trees are fairly easy to access and can survive a cold, rainy winter. Thanks for your help!
    Last edited by LachlanS; 02-28-2013 at 09:24 PM.

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    Default Re: Good Plants/Trees for Pollen Production

    Red alder and big-leaf maple both supply lots of pollen in your area. The maple produces excellent honey as well.
    Rusty
    http://www.honeybeesuite.com "A Better Way to Bee"

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    Default Re: Good Plants/Trees for Pollen Production

    Plants, russian sage, borage, golden rod, native aster, lacy phacelia.

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    Default Re: Good Plants/Trees for Pollen Production

    Greg Whitehead, Ten Mile, TN
    Blog - http://gregsbees.blogspot.com/

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    Default Re: Good Plants/Trees for Pollen Production

    These lists of pollen and nectar sources are really helpful. I've been planting with these lists as a guide, since last summer. Planted linden trees (Tilia cordata and Tilia americana), white clover, crimson clover, purple clover. I've been moving lemon balm plants from my original house, where it is a weed, to the tree-rings around the fruit trees. The area where my hive is located has a very big bramble of blackberries, and there are other blackberry brambles within 1/4 mile. Some of these will take time to produce enough nectar and pollen to make a difference, but with these lists I feel like I'm on the right track.

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    Default Re: Good Plants/Trees for Pollen Production

    This fall I added more bee trees - one was a sourwood tree, which I read is a good source of forage. I planted a madrone but that is a long shot, I read they often don't survive. There are 2 massive maple trees, and I added 2 new ones.

    I also added a Russian sage from the list above, and borage. The honeybees really like the borage. I discovered they also love shallot flowers, which bloomed for weeks. Instead of eating the shallots, I saved them all to plant for next year's bee forage.

    Finally, I also added Caryopteris and Ceanothus, which both had great bee activity this year.

    I added some sterile buddleia hybrids, but not much bee activity on those. Some were popular with bumblebees but not honeybees.

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