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My mom and I were talking about beekeeping and the honey.
I have been trying to convince her that she should let me put a hive in her yard and the fact that the bees produce many things that are beneficial because they forage the plants in the neighborhood.
However her neighbor has about 4 Oleander plants and they are all blooming right now. I looked up Oleander at:

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/002884.htm

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/002884.htm

Oleander poisoning
Oleander poisoning occurs when someone sucks nectar from the flowers or chews leaves from the oleander or yellow oleander plant. Poisoning can also happen if you eat honey made by bees that used the oleander plant for nectar.

I suppose I should be checking what my plants and trees my bees are collecting nectar and pollen from just in case they are collecting from a poisonous plant near by. How often is this an issue for people who live in the city and may not know what all the plants are the bees are collecting from?
 

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Oleander and bees have coexisted for a long time. Oleander is a very common bush in the highway medians of Texas, and it is a very plentiful bush in most of Texas. Were it very toxic to bees there would not be any bees here. As the say in NY, "fugitaboutit."
 

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Bees don't work it much, and it's toxic to them as we'll. it would have to be a mono floral honey to be toxic as we'll.
 

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One other thing to remember, it take nectar from about 2,000,000 flowers to make one pound of honey. So, four plants wouldn't amount ot much honey even if they did work them.

Tom
 
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