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  1. #1
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    Default saw palmetto in south Fl

    I noticed this past week that saw palmetto is in bloom. It's a major nectar run here--but the blooms I saw had no honeybees on them. They had love bugs on them which I know leave a residue that bees will then avoid, but I wondered if others are finding it to be a big problem. I see minimal nectar increase now that orange blossom is done. I'm wondering if I"m done with honey extracting until fall. That would be a bummer as I didn't get much orange blossom either with the cool March temps.
    Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones. Prvb 16:24
    March 2010; +/- 30 hives, TF

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    Default Re: saw palmetto in south Fl

    Refreshing my post in case anyone has an answer about saw palmetto in my area. Thanks.
    Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones. Prvb 16:24
    March 2010; +/- 30 hives, TF

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    Default Re: saw palmetto in south Fl

    bevy: I'd never heard that about honeybees avoiding where love bugs have been, though admittedly love bugs are not as significant a problem here compared to there. (finally, a bug that isn't bigger and badder in South Florida! ) Love bug season is also so short (I remember 2 weeks?), I would think they will be long gone before the saw palmetto flow is done. Have you started getting afternoon rains there yet? We have been getting rain pretty regularly now, and the bees are booming! I can hardly keep up. Rain will help keep your flow going. Where in lee county are you? You are fortunate to have citrus near by. We're too far South for it.

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    Default Re: saw palmetto in south Fl

    Most of my hives are in Alva, just south of SR 80. I believe it was our inspector that told me about the love bugs and palmetto. So there's hope with the short life span? That is good to know! I have some backyard hives that are doing ok.

    Not much rain at all here yet. 2 weeks ago we had rain for a couple days and none since. That explains the cranky bees.

    Did you know that Michael Bush is speaking at West Palm Beach beekeepers association in September? Lord willing and the creek don't rise, I will be there.

    Thanks for the info.
    Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones. Prvb 16:24
    March 2010; +/- 30 hives, TF

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    Default Re: saw palmetto in south Fl

    I'll take love bugs (Annoying as they are) over the bloodsuckers any day!

    I love the rain but I messed up on my citrus trees, I dumped a bunch of water on them when I first planted them, they started to recover and then 9 1/2 inches came a couple weeks ago so now they are in recovery again. it's a battle, what do I want more lol.

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    Default Re: saw palmetto in south Fl

    I have a yard in pinelass park/ largo
    The bees are packing it in
    Best I've seen in a couple years
    Praying the love bugs don't ruin it

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    Default Re: saw palmetto in south Fl

    Our Palmetto is not quite as far a long as yours. Ours is just now starting to turn yellow. They should start popping in the next week or so. There seems to always be a lag in when stuff starts blooming and when the bees start working it. I bet with in the next few days you will see them start. If you have any Gallberry in the same area I bet they are working it and haven't switched over to the Palmetto yet. My bees did poor in Oranges this year too. But, have been wide open every since I brought them back home. You should start to see them put on some weight over the next few weeks.

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