Re: Curious about setting bees in oranges
A few weeks ago I bought 2 established hives from a sideliner where the bees are in an orange grove. I asked at the time of purchase, could I bring 2 mediums of all drawn comb and let them fill the 2 supers before we move them to my yard. I had not thought of pesticides, the 2 hives I got look healthy. He doesn't treat or artificial feed, same as me. I will ask him when we move my hives if he gets pollination pay--I only did it this way because I want the orange blossom honey.
My mentor has 2 of his hives in a friend's large orange grove, I am sure he does it just for the honey also. Next spring I get to move a few of my hives to that orange grove and I will ask about spray. If I got paid that would be a bonus but I'm not asking for money.
I talked to another fellow in our area who owns an orange grove and he has his own bees there for the honey, the trees are self pollenating. I'd not heard of that before.
Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones. Prvb 16:24
March 2010; +/- 40 hives, TF