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The bee-friendly plant of the month April - the cherry

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Every month I introduce a plant that is particularly suitable for bees. I also use my daily observations in nature and of course I keep an eye on my bee colonies. This month, the cherry wins the race, even if the selection in April was already very rich due to the mild weather. Sour cherries and sweet cherries (as well as their ancestors, the wild black cherries) are the first great feast for honey bees and wild bees in many regions. They offer large amounts of nectar and pollen in thousands of white flowers. Incidentally, the nectar of sour cherries has a slightly lower sugar concentration than that of sweet cherries. But this does not noticeably affect the pollination because both types of cherries are extremely popular. During the warm days in this month of April, there was really loud buzzing in the wonderfully white-clad cherry trees on the Lubera property. If these trees are not magnets for bees...

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By the way, even ornamental cherries such as the variety Amanogawa (Prunus serrulata) or Brilliant (Prunus nipponica) have a very high value for bees of all kinds. The insects have little interest in the fact that these cherries are not native. They take the nectar and pollen home with great enthusiasm. Only the double varieties are not visited; their flowers are beautiful, but do not have (attainable) food.

It is not that hard to do something for the beauty of the garden and bees as well. Anyone who chooses fruit cherries, will then have many delicious, red or yellow fruits for snacking in the summer, for making cakes or preparing the famous Rumtopf (rum pot)...

A rule of thumb for beekeepers is that the bees start to deposit honey once the cherry trees start flowering. If you want to harvest honey later, provide the bees with a special "storage space for honey" as soon as the cherry trees start to bloom. Of course I did that...

 

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