April Plants for Honey Bees

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Posted by @Mindy03 on
April is here and beekeepers will be kept busy trying to keep up with their bees' need for extra room to store the bounty collected from the blossoms they visited. April also marks the start of swarm season, so beekeepers will be keeping an eye out for swarms to catch; or they'll be trying to keep them from swarming by making splits.

April is a wonderful month for honey bees and gardeners alike.  Honey bees are working at full speed to collect pollen and nectar to fill up their food storage area.  Gardeners are busy taking care of plants and seeing that everything has all the tender loving care it needs.  

Hopefully April's showers won't keep the bees from collecting nectar and pollen from these plants. 

Location: My garden.Date: 2010-05-30

Alpine Rhododendron - Nectar

Alpine Violet - Nectar

Black Haw Viburnum - Nectar 

Black Currant - Nectar, Pollen and Honeydew

Blue Rhododendron - Nectar

Catclaw Acacia - Nectar and Pollen

Common Wallflower - NLocation: San Francisco Botanical GardensDate: 2009-10-25ectar and Pollen

Darwin's Barberry - Nectar and Pollen 

Dwarf Rhododendron - Nectar

Eichlerian Tulip - Pollen

Evergreen Clematis - Pollen

Garland Flower Daphne - Nectar and Pollen 

Hedge Barberry - Nectar and Pollen

Japanese Flowering Crabapple - Nectar and Pollen

Location: Kalama, Wa

Korean spice Viburnum - Nectar and Pollen

Lady Tulip - Pollen

Little-leaf Lilac - Nectar and Pollen

Marsh Blue Violet - Nectar

Magaellan Barberry - Nectar and Pollen

Ohio Buckeye - Nectar

Orange King Barberry - Nectar and Pollen

Pansy - Nectar

Pepper Vine - Nectar 

PrestonLocation: Pappy Elkins Park.Date: Summer 2010The color of thiese flowers is amamzing. Lilac - Nectar and Pollen

Prickly Pear Cactus - Nectar, Pollen and Honeydew 

Princeps Tulip - Pollen

Purple Lily Magnolia - Pollen

Red Currant - Nectar, Pollen and Honeydew

Sea Grape - Nectar

Siberian Wallflower - Nectar and Pollen

Spanish Heath - Nectar and Pollen

Stork’s Bill - Nectar

Sweet Violet - NectarLocation: my garden, Gent, BelgiumDate: 2008-04-21

Tarda Tulip - Pollen 

Tea Olive - Nectar and Pollen

Unicum Tulip - Pollen

White Tupelo - Nectar

Yakushima Rhododendron - Nectar

With the abundance of food April brings, honey bees will be less aggressive than they have been during the last two months.  However, they will be starting to swarm as a natural method of reproduction, so keep an eye out. 

Beekeepers who produce a unique honey called wildflower honey may be collecting some of the extra honey from the honey supers.

More April plants for honey bees can be found here.

Comments and Discussion
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April Bee Plants by lovemyhouse Apr 5, 2012 5:43 AM 1
Bees by vic Apr 3, 2012 5:00 PM 6

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