One of the best ways to help your honey bees is to give them a wide menu of bee-friendly plants and flowers to visit. Honey bees need plenty of pollen and nectar to feed the colony and create that sweet, golden honey you want to collect at the end of the season. As such, it’s important to give your hives access to plants that are rich in both substances. Make sure you plant a variety of flowers that bloom in different seasons. This will feed your honey bees throughout all of spring, summer, and fall. Here are some of our favorite plants that increase honey production.
Despite the fact that it’s a weed, clover is invaluable to honey production. White clover once dominated much of America’s honey production, but it has since yielded ground to other types, such as sweet clover or alsike clover. Each clover variation grows best at a slightly different time and climate. However, placing your honey bees near fields of any of these clover types will provide you with a fruitful honey harvest.
Herbs make wonderful bee-friendly plants because you can also use them in your own cooking. One of the best herbs—for both you and your honey bees—is mint. This plant is extraordinarily easy to grow. Just be careful to plant your mint in a container so that it doesn’t take over the rest of your garden. Mint flowers throughout the summer and into early autumn, giving your honey bees a refreshing place to forage during the later part of the honey-making season.
Another plant that requires little skill to grow is the cosmos flower. This gorgeous flower will attract honey bees as well as wild pollinators such as bumblebees, making it a beneficial addition to any garden. Make sure you plant cosmos in a group so that your honey bees can easily access and collect the pollen. It’s best to plant these flowers a little later, after the threat of frost is gone for the season.
Growing the plants that increase honey production is just one step to keeping a fruitful honey bee hive. If you’re looking for more information, resources, or bee equipment for sale, head on over to Kelley Beekeeping. We’ll set you up with the tools you need to make each season a sweet success.