Your goal as a beekeeper is to extract honey from your beehive. But, did you know that there are some bee-friendly plants that you can plant to help in better honey production of your bees?
Yes, you have read that right. There are plants that can help your bees to produce larger amounts of honey that you can extract and put in a jar or bottle. There are plants that can affect honey’s taste as well. Bees usually search for flowers that can produce more pollen and nectar.
Check out the following flowers and plants that will help your bees produce more honey.
Bright oranges and yellows attract bees so you can get started by planting sunflowers. These will not just help honey bees because sunflowers will also look great in your garden.
A good bonus is that they also attract some bird species. You can plant sunflowers during summer to attract honey bees. Sunflowers’ nectar will produce honey of light yellow-white color.
Another flower that will help encourage better honey production is cosmos. You can plan these flowers in large groups to make it easier for bees to collect pollen. The summer flowers can also add a touch of vibrant color in your garden.
The honey bees love harvesting these plants in bright yellow color for their nectar. These flowers bloom from July to September that makes it perfect for bees preparing for winter. Honey produced from goldenrod is dark and has a strong bite. This is also rich in protein and minerals. Goldenrod honey is in demand so planting these flowers doesn’t only benefit your bees but your pocket as well.
Coriander is being harvested for its pollen and nectar. Coriander’s smell is off-putting for varroa, the types of mites preying on bees. Bees can use this plant to eliminate mites.
One more flower that is beneficial for honey production is coneflower that is available in various colors including bright purple and pink. Different coneflower species bloom at varied times. This will give your bees lots of choices for a wonderful feast. Coneflowers of pale purple color bloom for around 3 weeks from the months of June through July. The purple coneflowers are longer lasting and can bloom from July through October. Late bloom benefits bees while they are getting ready for winter. These flowers get harvested for the nectar.
Mint is among the best herbs that will benefit your honey bees. Bees harvest the plant for pollen and nectar. Mint honey often has a reddish amber color. Mint is not just great for better honey production as you can also use this herb yourself. Ensure that you grow this in a container to prevent it from taking over your whole garden.
The color purple is attractive to honey bees making lavender another good option. This flowering plant can also produce an enticing smell you will surely enjoy. Lavender is harvested by bees for pollen and nectar in the months of June and July. Just like coriander, lavender also has the ability to get rid of mites.
Once you have these plants, use a beehive scale or honey extractors to get the best out of your honey production.