Use these seven plants to help your bees with honey production.
When you’re beekeeping, you’re looking to extract honey from the hive. You can actually help your bees by planting bee-friendly plants. These plants can help the bees produce more honey, which you can then extract and jar. Certain plants can even affect the taste of the honey. Bees look for flowers that produce a lot of nectar and pollen. Here’s a list of seven plants and flowers that will help your bees with honey production
Bees are attracted to bright yellows and oranges, so sunflowers are a great way to start. They not only help your honey bees, but they also look great in any garden. They’ll attract certain bird species as a bonus. Plant these blooming flowers in the summer to attract your honey bees. The nectar from sunflowers will produce a light, yellow-white honey.
Honey bees harvest these bright yellow plants for their nectar. Goldenrod blooms in July through September, making it great for bees that are starting to get ready for winter. Goldenrod honey is dark with a strong bite. It’s also full of minerals and protein. Goldenrod honey is highly sought after, so planting it will not only be good for your bees, but also your pocket.
Cosmos is another flower that can help increase honey production. Plant the flowers in a large group so the bees can easily collect pollen. These summer flowers will also bring a great touch of color to your garden.
Coriander is harvested for its nectar and pollen. Varroa, mites that prey on bees, don’t like the smell of coriander. The bees can use the plant to get rid of the mites.
Mint is one of the best herbs you can plant for your honey bees. The bees harvest mint for nectar and pollen. Mint honey is usually a reddish amber color. Not only is mint great for the increased honey production, but you can use it as an herb yourself. Make sure to grow it in a container so it doesn’t take over your entire garden.
Honey bees are attracted to the color purple, so lavender is another great option. Plus, the flowering plant produces a wonderful smell that you can enjoy. Bees harvest lavender for nectar and pollen in June and July. It also has the same mite-ridding qualities as coriander.
Coneflowers come in many different colors, from pink to bright purple. Different species of coneflowers bloom at different times, giving your bees plenty of options for a great feast. Pale purple coneflowers bloom for about three weeks from June to July. The longer-lasting purple coneflower blooms from July to October. The late bloom is beneficial for bees as they prepare for winter. Coneflowers are harvested for their nectar.
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