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Honey flow expected

Posted by blueberrytalk on August 15, 2012

Japanese Knotweed is in blossom and the weather is warm and sunny.

Japanese Knotweed

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Last of the Japanese knotweed

Posted by blueberrytalk on September 15, 2011

Honeybees have been foraging on the Japanese knotweed for the last four weeks. Now a few blossoms remain.

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Japanese Knotweed in bloom – 2011

Posted by blueberrytalk on August 14, 2011

Japanese knotweed blossoms started to open about a week ago and the bees were quick to take note.

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Honey flow from Japanese Knotweed

Posted by blueberrytalk on August 21, 2010

As the Fireweed blossoms go to seed the Japanese Knotweed takes over as a great source of nectar. About one kilometre from our apiary the road is lined with Knotweed.

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Japenese Knotweed invasion

Posted by blueberrytalk on September 2, 2009

With the rare exception, Japenese Knotweed grows profusely on the side of the ditch that is mowed by the city mower. It makes one wonder if the mower is instrumental in it’s spread. Another area mowed is along the Pitt river dike. Pictured below is part of an extensive Knotweed patch with logs in the Pitt river as background.

Pitt river dyke

Pitt river dike

A nearby beekeeper with many hives is the source of numerous bees on the Knotweed.

Japanese Knotweed blossoms

Japanese Knotweed blossoms

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Japanese Knotweed

Posted by blueberrytalk on August 30, 2008

Some beekeepers rely on Japanese Knotweed for a late honey flow. Most of the Knotweed in our area is 1-2 kilometres away along a roadside ditch. The dark honey is so distictive you know exactly what the bees have been into and from time to time a colony will find this source and produce a significant amount of honey. The Japanese Knotweed must be an amazing source of nectar to be able to produce in late summer when the days are short and the weather is not conducive to gathering nectar.

Here is one description of the honey:

Bamboo honey is made from Japanese knotweed, or Polygonum cuspidatum which looks like bamboo, but is unrelated. The knotweeds are related to buckwheat, and the honey, like buckwheat honey, is dark, spicy, and rich in life-giving antioxidants. Bamboo honey is milder and fruitier than buckwheat honey…. Source:http://inmolaraan.blogspot.com/2008/02/bamboo-honey-vanilla-pudding-japanese.html

Japanese Knotweed

Japanese Knotweed

Bees on Knotweed

Bees on Knotweed

 This plant is so invasive you would never plant it without expecting it to be around forever.

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