Hi northern Alabama bloom dates, flow dates ect.
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    Thumbs Up Hi northern Alabama bloom dates, flow dates ect.

    Hello everyone, im a fairly new beek here from.cullman, /Decatur, Alabama.
    Im trying to get info on flow dates, pollen dates ect. Hopefully a yearly schedule from you folks in my area that know the plants growing here, and important dates concerning bees.
    Also, I love to here of any beekeeping news, and bee happening in our area. Everyone welcome to chime in, and contribute. Thanks, rich

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    Default Re: Hi northern Alabama bloom dates, flow dates ect.

    I guess nobody interested. Hoping for comments....

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    Default Re: Hi northern Alabama bloom dates, flow dates ect.

    journaling the growth of a (mite) treatment free apiary started in 2010. 20+/- hives

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    Default Re: Hi northern Alabama bloom dates, flow dates ect.

    Thanks sqarepeg looking at your link now. Thanks, Richard

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    Default Re: Hi northern Alabama bloom dates, flow dates ect.

    My yards are in Huntsville and Lacy's Spring. Here's how I plan...

    There are some plants/trees that put off a little nectar...dogwood, etc. For me, I allow them to use that as "starter nectar". But when I see the first dewberry and/or blackberry bloom, I immediately get the honey supers on.
    Bloom order starting mid-April...usually.
    1. Dewberry/Blackberry
    2. Black Locust
    3. Tulip poplar
    4. Privet
    5. Clover(will be blooming all spring and into late June even but if there is another on this list blooming, they will mostly focus on the other major bloom)
    6. Sumac
    Mid summer/July
    1. Cotton(a short flow that does not always produce. Depends on location)
    2. Soybeans(short flow)
    Fall
    1. Goldenrod(i let the bees keep this for their own)

    This spring was an odd flow. Because of the cold April, it appeared that everything bloomed all at once. Our honey is a much lighter colored and milder flavor. I think, because of the multiple blooms at the same time, they did not harvest much tulip poplar. It tends to be a tad darker and stronger flavor.

    I may not be perfect on my descriptions here, but I feel confident that I'm close.
    30 hives and counting...
    Huntsville, AL: Alabama's best kept secret

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