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Planting tips

  • Have an overall plan – consult nurseries or farm planting advisors and local beekeepers
  • Make a flowering calendar of what bee plants you already have on site and then select plants to fill in pollen supply gaps
  • Optimise bee nutrition by selecting the best plants with abundant pollen or nectar and reliable flowering times
  • Use a mix of plants – some flower in the first year,others may take time to first flowering
  • Stage the phases of the planting over time –only plant what you can manage, including ongoing maintenance
  • Don’t overcrowd – let the plants grow into the space for their mature size
  • Have a plan for weed control and protect plants from stock and pests
  • Be prepared to irrigate in dry weather