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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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2 Responses to “Honeybees like…Himalayan blackberries”

  1. pannu98 said

    Don’t SWD sprays harm the mason bees?

  2. Mason bees live for about six weeks during the blueberry blossom time. By the time SWD sprays are applied they are safely inside a cocoon behind a wall of mud.

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