A Honey Bee's Favourite Flowers

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All living "bee"-ings need a food source.

When taking care of our bees, the best thing we can do it get them set up for success. This means we jump at any chance we have to make their lives a bit easier. Planting flowers in your yard with varying blooming seasons will give your honey bees a smorgasbord of nectar flows and therefore make an excess of food for winter (aka your honey!). 

The varying blooms also contribute to consistency within nectar flows, resulting in a constant flow within the hive. Less variety with a single nectar flow that hits for a limited time and is over before you know it leaves the bees to eat at their backup supply early and possibly into your honey!

We have compiled a list of flowers to plant in your yard that not only look pretty but provides your honey bees with an amazing assortment of food at a close distance. 


Spring:

These flowers bloom early and get your bees out and about in the spring time!

Forget-me-nots

Bloom Time: Spring

Soil pH: Neutral

Plant Space: 6 inches

Sun Exposure: Any

Watering: 1-2 times/week

Dandelions

Bloom Time: Spring

Soil pH: Neutral

Plant Space: 6 inches

Sun Exposure: Any

Watering: Any

(can be considered a common weed but beloved by honey bees)

Crocuses

Bloom Time: Spring

Soil pH: Neutral

Plant Space: 2 inches (clusters)

Sun Exposure: Full Sun/Part Sun

Watering: 1-2 times/week


Summer:

Summertime flowers bloom in the heat and help keep a consistent food source for honey bees during the hot months.

Lavender

 

Bloom Time: Summer

Soil pH: Neutral

Plant Space: 2-3 feet

Sun Exposure: Full Sun

Watering: 1-2 times/week

Sunflowers

Bloom Time: Summer

Soil pH: Alkaline

Plant Space: 6 inches

Sun Exposure: Full Sun

Watering: Lots of water once a week

Hollyhocks

Bloom Time: Summer

Soil pH: Neutral

Plant Space: 2 feet

Sun Exposure: Full Sun

Watering: 1-2 times a week


Autumn:

Flowers that bloom late in the fall polish off the honey making season and help it end on a strong note.

Gaillardia

Bloom Time: Autumn

Soil pH: Neutral/Alkaline

Plant Space: 18 inches

Sun Exposure: Full

Watering: 1-2 times/week

Asters

Bloom Time: Autumn

Soil pH: Varies

Plant Space: 1-3 feet

Sun Exposure: Full Sun/Part Sun

Watering: 1-2 times a week

Goldenrod

Bloom Time: Autumn

Soil pH: Neutral

Plant Space: 6 inches

Sun Exposure: Any

Watering: Any

(another weed bees adore)


We are taking all these varieties into account for our own bee yard.

We will hopefully pick quite a few types of flowers to give our lovely ladies the best chance at a prosperous year ahead!