[NAFEX] Plum Pollenation Question
loneroc at mwt.net
Wed May 11 09:30:00 EDT 2005
Although I maintain a couple hives for pollination--I notice that small
native bees are the most frequent visitors to my plum blossoms. I
occasionally find honeybees on them, but not too often.
I presume that you have the native bees as well--maybe you could observe
them closely to see if they're only going after pollen or if they're finding
Steve Herje, Lone Rock, WI
----- Original Message -----
From: "Jim Fruth" <jfruth at uslink.net>
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Sent: Wednesday, May 11, 2005 7:57 AM
Subject: [NAFEX] Plum Pollenation Question
> When my plum trees are in bloom, it is a spectacular site. Folks
> by stop to stare but the honey bees don't seem to even notice the masses
> white blooms. They just fly right over them as though they can't see all
> the flowers. I used to wonder if my honey bees were either lazy or going
> after better flowers.
> This year the bloom is late and the plums and black currants are
> concurrently, an event that I've not witnessed before. Black Currants
> relatively insignificant, almost green flowers and the bees had no trouble
> finding them. That leads me to rethink my prejudice(?) about honey bees
> plum blossoms. So I ask, "Do plum blossoms not have nectar to attract
> bees?" Do honey bees frequent the plum flowers in your orchard?
> Jim Fruth
> Brambleberry Farm
> Pequot Lakes, MN
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