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Forgive me for the posting, I know I saw a thread on this subject, but can't find it.

I wanted to know, not how often, but how little you check on your bees. I am asking, because I have a standing invitaion to place hives in my cousin's orange grove, in California. I live in Indiana. I really need to know if this is doable. The most I can make it out to check on them is, maybe 3 times. I'm thinking once in the spring, once during the flow and once to get them ready for winter. What do you pros think? I'd really like your advice on this.
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Monie most citrus areas are large scale monoculture and will not support bees more than about 2 weeks out of the year. In California you must move the bees many times during the year to provide decent pasture. Approximately 2 out of 5 years in the oranges are a complete waste of time, but you never know until afterward!
Really? I had no idea. Thank you, Tom.
Not only that, but citrus gets sprayed heavily several times per year. In FL our citrus bloom normally lasts 3-5 weeks, then we get them out quick. Citrus has every tree-eating and fruit-destroying bug ever discovered by mankind! And, once the bloom is over, in March to early April here, there's nothing left for the bees to work as the weeds are either mowed often or sprayed with herbicides. :eek:
i see a common misconception on beesource that a fruit orchard or grove is somehow a good place to keep bees. this comes up over and over again and the answer is always the same.

seriously, put your thinking cap on for a minute. the fruit blossoms last maybe 10 days or so, then what ? spray, spray and more spray?

a fruit orchard or grove is a place of chemicals 99% of the year, not nectar.
However, if you would like me to put some bees there to test it, just let me know! :)

It is still valuable as a bee location, probably not to you though.

Also, the goal of minimal visits is well worth exploring no matter where the bees are.
We seem to have a consensus.
Eyah, just like I told a guy today at the Bluegrass Festival.
Thanks for the education.
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