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The Combination of Apiculture And Forestry

Apiculture and Forestry have a very old connection together. Apiculture is the practice of plantation of honeybees and Forestry is the whole process of plantation of plants in a wide-open area till they grow and build into trees that are ready for harvesting. Forest trees help in making the whole process of beekeeping a success. The various flowers of the forest trees provide subsistence, shelter for beehives, and protect them from harmful sun rays during summers. Forestry and Apiculture share a very long history since times immemorial. Some of the plants that grow big into trees are specially plant to help the bees in their growth and survival.

Apiculture And Forestry

Tree plantation and Beekeeping can be linked together for various reasons. Both are practiced on the land. Both require some sort of labor, water abundance, and good fertile land. Beehives require very little space while bees can forage in a radius of 5 to 7 kms. Mostly are located within or near a tree plantation and bees make utilization of both the trees & flowers for forage. Forage is an act of depending on tree plantations for food requirements and other pollen and nectar necessities.

Apiculture and forestry both help in providing some sort of secondary income to the beekeeper & landowners through the production of products Raw Honey, Liquid Honey, and Beewax.

THE NEED FOR HONEY PLANTS

In the US, where most landowners own less than five hectares of land that is commercially valuable and viable for economic benefits. Therefore, it is beneficial to gain some sort of economic benefit from tree plantations without harvesting all the trees available. Combining Bees and Trees help in making the maximum possible benefit of the available land. The trees that are planted near Beehives are known as HONEY PLANTS. Some of the most famous honey plants are Willow, Maple, Horse Chestnut, Acacia, and Linden.

The trees planted near beehives and their related bee colonies provide enough pollen and nectar that Bees need for their existence. The quantity and quality of pollen and nectar from the trees depend on various factors. Mostly the quality of pollen and nectar depends on the abundance of water sources and if water has been provided in the weeks before and during flowering. If watering is done during flowering time properly then the nectar produced is very good quality. Some trees when they reach a certain age have substantial crown flowers and they are the richest source of pollen and nectar. The flying season of the bees mostly ranges from March to October so enough honey plants must be available during the peak season.

Honey plants are necessary for the survival of honeybees and the growth of bee colonies. The benefits of beekeeping and forestry transcend many traditional factors. Human beings are hugely dependent on bees for daily food requirements. So we human beings should thank beekeeping and trees that both combine to provide us wide range of food products. If there were no honeybees, there would no apples, pears, walnuts, capsicum, coffee and raw honey, and almonds.

Flowers Apiculture and The  Honey Bee Connection

Bees survive on large amounts of nectar and pollen and they stick to one type of flower that they like. Once they found the crop that provides them with tasty food, they tell all the other bees of the colony that will only consume nectar from a particular flower. If the circumstances remain constant excess of the same kind of nectar is consume by bees and a certain type of honey is produce, depending on the species of tree, for example, willow or linden.

Flowers and honeybees are a perfect match. Bees gather nectar and pollen enabling plants to reproduce. Flowers that attract bees provide abundant nectar and pollen, the only source of carbohydrates and protein in a bee’s diet. The honeybees are mostly attract to flowers of blue and purple color. Flowers in the blue and purple color range produce the most nectar. Visit Bee Attire for more tips & techniques about beekeeping.

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