Early Pollen Sources

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Early Pollen Sources

Post by DavidStern » Tue Jan 09, 2018 11:40 pm

Hello Everyone!
My name is David and I am new to this forum and this is my first post.
This is my first overwintering of bee colonies in Colorado (having previously kept bees in Missouri) and I am not sure what to expect as far as the first pollen availability of the 2018 season. I see maple trees close to home and assume they will be among the first to bloom but I don't really know. I would like to get a sense of what to expect and would appreciate the help of any and all...the more the better. I'd love to get a peek and the notes you've taken over the years about when this or that bloomed. I'm excited to hear from you.

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Re: Early Pollen Sources

Post by kristinahoney » Tue Jan 16, 2018 2:46 pm

Hi David,
You're right that maples are the first to bloom in mid Feb. They can be a great source of pollen and nectar IF the weather permits foraging. The bees usually get at least something on those 70 degree days in between the 15 degree days. That goes for Feb, March, and even April. Mahonia blooms about the end of Feb and is an important native for honey bees and mason bees. Fruit trees are the next bloom, but often freeze. Once the dandelions bloom, spring is here! Hope this helps!
Kristina Williams
BCBA Board
Beehave LLC mentoring and support for bees and their keepers
Boulder, CO

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