Apitherapy - What really attracts bees? - Which flower will catch their attention?
This video presents 4 different parameters to consider when trying to predict where the bees are foraging. Learn what really attracts bees and find out which flower will finally get their attention and be pollinated by them.
So, other then the usual criterium which are the botanical origin of the plant, its quantity (yes, bees like to go in places where there are many flowers, they really go for abundance), its proximity, it ability to produce flowers, nectar and pollen steadily year after year and the specific nutritional value of its pollen and nectar what else should we consider to be able to find out where the bees are foraging?
In this video, I'm outlining 4 parameters that you should know if you intend to either plan a permaculture design for your bees or simply want to identify the plant origin that have been used by your bees to make their honey and pollen without having to send in your honey for analysis.
Of course one should consider harvesting some pollen from the beehives, simply seeing everyday the pollen they collect gives lots of information! Not always easy to identify, but it definitely is a bonus. I will let you discover those 4 parameters in the video.
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This video presents a practical approach on the use of medicinal and bee plants to support the health situation of beeyards as well as enhancing the quality of bee products.
I start the video by describing the two main directions a beekeeper as to choose from.
The first one aims at filling a need for pollination that comes usually from the mainstream agri-industry that often uses huge monoculture fields and pesticides.
The second one aims at filling a growing need for high quality bee products that is ultimately being known more and more as apitherapy. Of course, there are many in between including diverse levels of work quality on both ends, but it gives a really good idea on the perspectives faced by beekeepers.
Of course, the second option is my favorite from far! When you really ponder on this option, you realize that you have to find high quality foraging area for your bees. Wherever they are located, there will always be a period of time where the abundance of food for them will grow thin.
How can we help them during this period of slow food? With Dr Jessy Loranger and Dr Hannah Loranger, both specialized plant ecology and permaculture, we developed a permaculture design system that answers that question. It is tremendous work, since you need to face many different aspects in order to establish such a design: Knowing the environment where your bees live not only in terms of food source for the bees, but also in terms of soil, water (irrigation), sunlight and so on for the potential plants you will facilitate. Knowing the nectar, pollen and propolis production of the plants that suits those conditions.
This sounds simple, but it is really tricky to find out, especially since many plants will adapt their nectar flow to their growing conditions! What plant is really optimal??? Knowing the easiest method to get as many of the selected plants to grow as massively as possible and finding the cheapest and fastest way to make this happen. Plus many other points that you can hardly imagine if you never reflected on such a project.
I showcase one plant during the video: Thyme. I let you discover why during the video yourself!
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