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Name: Thomas
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Thomas75
May 14, 2016 12:14 PM CST
Hey to all,

I am planning to build a small greenhouse this year to grow vegetables year round. I am wondering how important it is to keep the doors and windows open as much as possible to allow the Honey Bees inside to pollinate the plants???

Thanks in advance for any thoughts,
Thomas75
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Coppice
May 14, 2016 2:49 PM CST
Bees fly over (not into) buildings in my experience. Oh the occasional explorer might, but enough to pollinate, no.

If you want them pollinated I fear you will be using a paint brush, or setting your plants out of doors.
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dyzzypyxxy
May 14, 2016 3:28 PM CST
It really depends upon what you're planning to grow in the way of vegetables, Thomas. Some will pollinate themselves with just air movement.

When the weather's cold enough that your plants wouldn't grow and bloom outside, it's a good bet there aren't going to be many honey bees out foraging, either.

Much more important in winter to keep the temperature of your greenhouse up, so that your plants keep growing and blooming.
Elaine

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Name: Thomas
Deep East Texas (Zone 8a)
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Thomas75
May 14, 2016 3:58 PM CST
Coppice said:Bees fly over (not into) buildings in my experience. Oh the occasional explorer might, but enough to pollinate, no.

If you want them pollinated I fear you will be using a paint brush, or setting your plants out of doors.


Years ago a neighbor had a small greenhouse with four roof vents (windows) and he left them and the door open all summer. He had several hanging baskets with flowers in them and during the day the greenhouse would be full of honey bees. I never thought to ask him if he had the flowers to attract the Bees.

Thank you,
Thomas75
Name: Thomas
Deep East Texas (Zone 8a)
Region: Texas Butterflies Vegetable Grower Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Greenhouse
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Thomas75
May 14, 2016 3:59 PM CST
dyzzypyxxy said:It really depends upon what you're planning to grow in the way of vegetables, Thomas. Some will pollinate themselves with just air movement.

When the weather's cold enough that your plants wouldn't grow and bloom outside, it's a good bet there aren't going to be many honey bees out foraging, either.

Much more important in winter to keep the temperature of your greenhouse up, so that your plants keep growing and blooming.


I have over 220 days of growing season and normally mild winters. I do plan to have my greenhouse heated to maintain a good temperature throughout the cold weather.

Thanks,
Thomas75

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