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  1. #1
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    Default Goldenrod Honey

    I see bees bringing plenty of yellow goldenrod pollen and I can smell that nectar as well.

    How soon if any I will be able to collect that goldenrod honey?

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    Hi, where is Orland Park?
    My grandfather and great-uncle kept bees and my fiancée's grandfather, too. I want to pass this tradition along.

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    When it’s dry enough. Only you can tell check the moisture

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    Default Re: Goldenrod Honey

    As soon as it is fully capped, just like other honey.
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    I am northof you and Ihave goldenrod coming in also. I will leave it for a couple of weeks as the bees are very active when itis not raining.Leave it until they cap it or otherwise you will have a tough time reducing the moisture. I try for lower than 18.6%. I am currently struggling reducing moisture in many 5 gallon buckets that I had to extract early.

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    Smelled it for the first time in Menomonee Falls yesterday (near Milwaukee). The ground is VERY wet here, and goldenrod browning out(done). Will have to see if some of it wakes up with the coming warmth, and if the Purple Asters wake up.

    Crazy Roland

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    We have golden rod but more yellow flowers that look like Daisy’s. Not certain what they are.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Plannerwgp View Post
    We have golden rod but more yellow flowers that look like Daisy’s. Not certain what they are.
    wingstem I believe, they are everywhere here
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    I will look it up.
    Quote Originally Posted by ifixoldhouses View Post
    wingstem I believe, they are everywhere here

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    Default Re: Goldenrod Honey

    Quote Originally Posted by dpula2 View Post
    I see bees bringing plenty of yellow goldenrod pollen....
    Goldenrod pollen yellow? Maybe something else. Goldenrod is orange. Aster is yellow. Not sure about wingstem.

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    Default Re: Goldenrod Honey

    I have a feeling it is aster.

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    I forgot to mention I am a Landscape Architect and embarassed I can't identify a plant. I will ask someone in my office who is younger and more current.
    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Palmer View Post
    Goldenrod pollen yellow? Maybe something else. Goldenrod is orange. Aster is yellow. Not sure about wingstem.

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    I asked our landscape architect and he said it is a Sawtooth Sunflower, native toi Illinois. He also has the latin name if anyone wants it.
    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Palmer View Post
    Goldenrod pollen yellow? Maybe something else. Goldenrod is orange. Aster is yellow. Not sure about wingstem.

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    Default Re: Goldenrod Honey

    Purple Aster has woken up. Goldenrod got freshen up, but on the tail end.

    Crazy Roland

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    Usually goldenrod and asters are both blooming at the same time here. They are both blooming right now.
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    Default Re: Goldenrod Honey

    According to Wikipedia, pumpkin (and most likely any Cucurbita family plants - squashes, cucumbers, etc) produce yellow pollen.

    My own cucumbers and summer/late squashes and such are still blooming fine.
    The nearby community gardens are full of blooming Cucurbita vegetables too.

    So, plenty of sources for yellow pollen are around (asters, Cucurbita, etc).
    Last edited by GregV; 09-18-2019 at 09:19 AM.
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    Default Re: Goldenrod Honey

    Lots of golden asters blooming right now here in Ohio. Bees and butterflies going nuts over it.

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    Mr. Bush - just for reference - in this area, although the bloomings overlap for a short period like now, generally the Goldenrod starts to bloom 3 weeks before the Aster, and the Aster blooms for 2-36 weeks after the Goldenrod stops.

    Crazy Roland

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    Default Re: Goldenrod Honey

    They pretty much happen at the same time here usually. Though some years some of the Goldenrod is earlier than other years and some of it is earlier than other varieties of goldenrod so maybe they beat the asters in those years. This year they are at the same time.
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