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  1. #1
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    Mar 2013
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    Taos County New Mexico
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    Default Maximilian Sunflower

    Are sunflowers a good source of late season nectar? We will be surrounded by them for next month. Thanks for sharing.

  2. #2
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    Strafford, NH, USA
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    Default Re: Maximilian Sunflower

    Can be, depends on the variety, Oil seed tends to be better. Lots of pollen and the honey crystallizes quickly.

  3. #3
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    Ottawa County, OK USA
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    Default Re: Maximilian Sunflower

    I read in a seed catalog last week that some sunflowers does not produce any pollen at all . Check what variety you have because some is raised commericaly.

  4. #4
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    Mirabel, Québec, Canada
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    Default Re: Maximilian Sunflower

    Many ornamental sunflowers are very poor choices for bees. Some agricultural varieties, if I recall correctly, are also to be avoided due to low pollen production and/or poor cross-pollination capability.

    The (very) small sunflower plantation near my hive did not attract any of my bees, as far as I can tell. Plenty of sunflower bees (Svastra obliqua, or possibly Milissodes spp.), but no honey bees. No idea what varieties they planted, though, but I guess the bees must have had better forage elsewhere at the same time.
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  5. #5
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    Apr 2013
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    Nevada, MO
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    Default Re: Maximilian Sunflower

    Maximillion is not a typical sunflower. It's a native plant with very tiny seeds. It's actually perennial. I planted some last week. Don't know if bees like it. Wiki says insects like it.

  6. #6
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    Apr 2013
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    Nevada, MO
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    Default Re: Maximilian Sunflower

    Just realized that this is an old thread. Really like to know if the bees worked the Maximillian? I'm actually using them for other purposes, but I was hoping the bees would like them. They have lots of flowers. I'm using one patch to shade a mushroom garden and the other as a screen between my bees and the neighbors dogs. Hope they'll bark at me less if the can't see me.

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