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Honeybees like…Himalayan blackberries

Posted by blueberrytalk on May 9, 2016

The Elliott blueberries are well past mid bloom. The Himalayan blackberries are poised to open gradually over the next couple of months.

This year, for the first time, The honeybees stayed around for the Elliott pollination. Maybe it was because the Elliott blossoms were early or maybe it was because of the exceptional nectar flow in the blueberries this year. In the past, when the honeybees went after the blackberries, we depended on hundreds of worker bumblebees. Our farm is designed to be Bumblebee friendly.

This year, we have increased our Mason bee population by releasing over 1000 Mason bee cocoons per acre to the benefit of all blueberry varieties.

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Honeybees like…early blackberry

Posted by blueberrytalk on May 4, 2016

The Draper blueberries are in mid bloom. The early blackberry blossoms open quickly creating a sea of white. The honeybees readily forsake the blueberry blossoms for the opportunity to forage in the blackberries. This is the time we like to have some stay at home pollinators like our Mason bees.

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