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What plants make good fall nectar?

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I'm wondering what are the best fall nectar/pollen sources around here (eastern Ontario)? I know they love the goldenrod! I've noticed the girls on Joe Pye weed, my yellow coneflowers, sunflowers, sedum, borage... but I'm wondering what the best sources are? I have lots of room to plant on our farm; it would be nice to put in some more floral goodies for the bee-gals.

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I'm wondering what are the best fall nectar/pollen sources around here (eastern Ontario)? I know they love the goldenrod! I've noticed the girls on Joe Pye weed, my yellow coneflowers, sunflowers, sedum, borage... but I'm wondering what the best sources are? I have lots of room to plant on our farm; it would be nice to put in some more floral goodies for the bee-gals.

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Wiki has a nice list broken down into plants and tree/shrubs and then broken down into spring/summer/fall. Each lists several bits of info on the plant including how big of a source it is.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Northern_nectar_sources_for_honey_bees
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pollen_source

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Yes my buddy who is a third generation beekeeper says the wild asters
are a great source of nector for his bees late in the season. Maybe there
are different varieties of wild asters?
Cheesegenie, have you seen honeybees on the asters around you? We get those little purple wild asters that are everywhere around here. No loosestrife on our property, it would seem.

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Thank you Matt! I should have thought to look on Wiki. That's very helpful.

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The nice thing is they also sort it out into "Feral" or "Cultivated", Major or minor source and they even let you know if you planted enough of it if you could have honey all made from one source.

I went thru the list and tried to make a "Well rounded" source that I wouldn't have to do much with year after year.

Haven't planted yet but need to yet this year.

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Don't know if they will grow there but Cosmos are great for pollen. I plant stands of 3x3 meters and stagger the plantings. When most other pollen sources dry up the bees are all over these. Going back to the hives loaded. Does take a little fertilizer and regular irrigation to keep them blooming.
 
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