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RE: [nafex] Bee Habits
keep about 5 hives ourselves (my wife being the bee keeper), and she suggested
that she collect some bees from the hive and place them on the strawberry plants
to sort of wake them up to the fact that there is a nectar source nearby.
Did you ever try to do that with your bees, kind of hand hold them over to
a food source? Anyway, either the strawberries are self-fertile or
other flying objects are doing the pollinating, but I'm going to have a full
crop this year.
I have kept
bees for over 20 years, and have learned this about
them: each bee only
works one type of flower at a time. Your bee kept
returning to the
dandelion because she had been assigned to dandelions.
That said, my bees have never been too gung-ho for strawberries.
pollination takes place on strawberries seems to be done by
insects. They must not have much nectar or other
classic bees. Even so, I have never noticed that
strawberries fail to
set due to lack of pollination, so they may be, to
self-fertile, or they benefit from some air pollination.
Yellman, Great Falls, VA
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