I was down there this past weekend and saw it coming in like crazy to. Most of the pollen was white but also seen red,orange and yellow. The Brazillan pepper still has some blooms but most of what I saw had already set the fruit. Understudy will probally be able to fill us in but he flew to Atlanta today and probaly wont be on untill he is waiting at the airport to come home. but check this out it . http://www.beekeeperspbc.com/calendar/
And here is some more:
Honey Plants of Florida
Citrus-January to June
GALLBERRY-Late April-Early June
Palmetto-Late April to Mid June
Tupelo-Mid April to Late May (not localâ€¦anywhere near)
Titi- Mid January-Mid April
Brazilian pepper (schinus terebinthifolius) Early Sept - mid Nov; dependable honey crop in FL - bees won't touch if love bugs on them; range (local); slight peppery taste
Black mangrove; June - mid July; only good honey producer (Jackson's) - slight salty taste - coastal
Cabbage Palm (sabal palmetto) June - Sept
Chinese Tallow (popcorn) best honey producer (Sapium sebiferum) late May to mid July
Cottons (Gossypium spp.) Mid June - Late Sept., incr cotton production by 25%
- GRANULATES RAPIDLY, extract immediately after sealed, 3 crops off of Cotton (panhandle)
Tag Alder (Hazel Alder) Alnus serrulata late Dec - Feb
Punk( Melaleuca quinquenervia) - Fall and Winter after rain - tastes terrible!
Spanish Needle (Bidens alba) Excellent maintenance plant for bees. Blooms all year.
Mustard and turnips (Brassica spp.) plant for bees - blooms all winter long. Excellent nectar and pollen for colony maintenance and build-up. Blooms fall, winter and spring.
- cannot economically plant crop for bees, but perhaps this is.
Red maple â€¦excellent spring build up plant, blooms Late Nov- mid March
Redbud (Cercis Canadensis) Mid Jan- Mid March (what mom saw)
Dogwood (Cornus florida) - nothing for bees but they do work it. Feb - June
Oaks (Quercus spp.) - lots of pollen and some honey
Pines - lots of pollen. Early spring. Sand pines most valuable to bees as others are not available.
Black gum - Nyssa biflora. Hard to see on a tree; not low - up 20 feet. Early April. - Almost to our area.
Tulip poplar. Liriodendrm tulipifera. Bee can get a full load of nectar from one bloom. April.
Hollies. Ilex spp. Spring. Ornamental hollies excellent honey producers.
Yaupon. Ilex vomitoria. (tea and puke by Indians). Extremely light honey with slight green tint. Blooms early April.
Willows. Salix spp. Excellent build up plant. Late Dec - April.
Mexican Clovers. Pulsey. Richardia spp. Disturbed soil. All year. Fall forage crop.
Clovers. Triflium spp. White dutch - temps need to be 85 in daytime. Spring. Crimson clover - not as good honey plant, must have clay soil to produce. Alfalfa.
Blackberries. Rubus spp. Excellent. Mid March - late May.
Partridge Pea( Chamaecrista fasciculata) Late May - October. East coast, up north. Covers us.
Gopher apple. Licania Michauxii. Early May- Late June.
Knotweeds (Smartweeds) Polygonum spp. Bloom April- Late fall (produces in August).
Seagrape. Coccoloba uvifera. Coastal. Slight salty flavor. Mid- April - Mid July. Delicious! Slight grape taste.
Matchweel. Phyla nodiflora. All year.
Thistles. Cirsium spp. Bloom? Good honey plants.
Wild cherry. Prunus serotina. March- April.
Primrose Willows. Ludwigia spp. (yellow). May- December. Good crop of this sometimes. Beautiful golden, clear colorâ€¦tastes awful; foul.
St. Johns Wort. Hypericum spp. June- August. 2 varieties in FL. Not health food type!
Sunflowers. Helianthus spp. Years ago all over Everglades on higher ground (now pastures). August - November