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Bees and Blueberries

Posted by blueberrytalk on May 27, 2009

The past week has been the peak time for pollinating blueberries. Except for rhododendrons the blueberry bushes have had the bees to themselves. The mountain ash and wild apple were finished pollination about a week ago and the thornless blackberry have just started to show flowers. The bees are very attracted to the blackberry blossoms.

The worker bumblebees have been around for a couple of weeks and are now showing up in greater numbers and the honeybee colonies have expanded greatly over the past month.

Rhododendrons attract many bees

Rhododendrons attract many bees.


2 Responses to “Bees and Blueberries”

  1. Amy Valens said

    I am in Northern California, and have several blueberry plants, but only one that gives me a good crop: Patriot. I am thinking of digging up the others: Blueray, Bluecrop, and Berkeley. After a bunch of research I’m still confused as to what would work best to replace them with in my location as pollintors, along with another Patriot. The plants are in partial sun in the morning, full sun in the afternoon, and in amended clay soil. We get heavy winter rains, and winter temperatures at night between 25 and 35. I am wondering about Draper and Earliblue as they ripen around the same time as Patriot. Do you have any suggestions?

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