Asked on Oct 1, 2017

What Flowers to plant for Bees

Naomie Moore aka baileyanddaisey, Castaic CAFae BurgenerHelene Reich
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I have three hives and need flowers that will support bees throughout the seasons. Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer .
q what flowers to plant for bees
Package of Bees
10 answers
  • Janet Pizaro
    on Oct 1, 2017

    what is your location
  • Inetia
    on Oct 1, 2017

    My back yard bees love my pink oxalis. Theyre in the wood sorrel family.
  • Karen Tokarse
    on Oct 1, 2017

    I planted wild flowers for our bees. They LOVE them! But you will need to make sugar water in the winter. Do NOT let them starve. (Ask me how I know.)
  • Theresa Ommert
    on Oct 1, 2017

    Forsythias (spring), phlox (mid-summer) and asters (fall). The bees and butterflies love the asters especially.
  • I plant many more chives that I could ever possibly use - and let "go to seed" on purpose, the bees just flock to them! They also love my pineapple sage when it is in bloom too.
  • Helene Reich
    on Oct 1, 2017

    Without knowing your location there is no way to know what plants to recommend but I live in Alabama and my dad always fed his bees in the winter and until flowers were in bloom in the spring and summer. Honey bees are not active in cold weather. It has been a long time since I helped with the bees but if I were you I would contact the nearest USDA office and they can put you in touch with someone who can advise you about caring for the bees. Have you just recently acquired the bees? I hope you have good luck with them as they are so badly needed.
    • Glenn E. Bindley
      on Oct 6, 2017

      I've been working with Bee's for a couple of years now. I have also lost several Hive during the Winter. They looked just fine in late Fall, then in early Spring. Nothing no note, just Vanished ! Yes I do feed during the Winter.
  • Helene Reich
    on Oct 6, 2017

    A big field of clover is ideal in spring and summer. Your local nursery can help with advise as to a good choice for your area. Fruit trees are also good but take several years to get very big. If you decide to plant flowers choose the ones that come back every year. I don't know of anything that will bloom in winter so you just have to be sure they have plenty of food all winter. If the queen decides to swarm they are gone. This can happen if she decides to look for a better place or if a new Queen takes over. The USDA office would be a great help. I'm sorry I can't be more help but it has been many years since I helped my Dad.

  • Fae Burgener
    on Apr 8, 2018

    The first crop of honey is from dandelions. We use this to feed back to the bees in the winter. It is darker than clover honey. Could it be that they are not getting enough feed in the winter? Is snow covering their feed so they don't have good access? I don't know how many hives you have, but if you have several, then in the spring the weak colonies could be mixed with the stronger hives, (1-2 boards at a time) to make medium size hives. The bees will then take over to make the hives strong. If they are getting plenty of feed, then maybe the location of the hives might need to be changed. In northern Wyo, it gets very cold in the winter.
  • A bunch of my onions and chives just bloomed and I had a ton of bees! Has anyone ever made onion honey?

    Contact your local beekeepers, they are a friendly lot. I have a commercial beekeeper down the road and he has helped many of the local backyard beekeepers in the area - for free!
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