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Bee plant for the month of march

In March, I recommend willows to all friends of bees and bumblebees. Nature is still in the starting blocks this year. And if it comes, the sustainable breakthrough of spring, then honey bees will need large quantities of pollen and nectar. But even the bumble bees, which are lured by the heat out of their hiding places, urgently need nectar so that they do not starve to death. They prefer to get this nectar from a bee plant.

Many willow species bloom at this time and they can be sure to have early visitors. Willow plants always bloom only with male or female catkins, in which both have the sought-after nectar. The male shrubs or trees are even more popular, as their catkins donate plenty of pollen and nectar. Our varieties are male (the male catkins are also visually attractive and do not produce seeds). Willows also have many other advantages:

• absolutely low-maintenance
• very tolerant to pruning
• survive waterlogging without any problems
• a food plant for many butterfly caterpillars

The goat willow Salix caprea is one of the first willows to bloom each year. Its large catkins are silvery and shiny, even before the actual flowering. In warm springs, they already bloom in late February or early March. They are loved by bumblebees and bees. A particularly attractive variety of this type is the willow 'Silberglanz'.

Immediately thereafter, other willow species take over the function of the bee pasture. These include, for example, the narrow-leaved olive willow, which has very beautiful foliage, and the Japanese fantail willow. Salix sachalinensis 'Sekka', the botanical name of the Japanese fantail willow, forms an incredible number of large catkins and it is a true paradise for bees during the entire time when it blooms. Its entwined shoots look very bizarre, making this willow an eye-catcher even in the winter.

Of course, all mentioned varieties are available in the Lubera shop.


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