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« on: May 06, 2012, 09:23:59 PM »

I let a neighbor plant about 5 acres of my property in deer feed.  It contains a lot of turnips.  I guess turnip is a biennial but if conditions are right it will bloom the first year.  Are turnip flowers a nectar source? 

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« Reply #1 on: May 06, 2012, 09:33:28 PM »

They are but I wouldn't count on them blooming this year.  I rather doubt they do.  If there are enough you will get a fairly light honey that sugars fast next summer if they don't freeze hard enough in the ground to kill the roots
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« Reply #2 on: May 06, 2012, 10:07:52 PM »

Turnips are like rape, mustard, collards, and all greens.   Early bloom, lots of pollen.  Great for building up hives here.  Early flowers never make it into a honey super for me.  They make spring brood. 
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« Reply #3 on: May 06, 2012, 11:16:11 PM »

AllenF, is right. Biennial or not my cole crops bolt as soon as it warms up. I plant collards, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cauliflower, turnips (several varieties), mustard (several varieties), rape and kale every fall as I love winter greens and try to have aomething in the garden year round. When it bolts and goes to bloom I let the bees have it as long as they want it and then hit it with the mower and turn it in when I break ground for spring.
I figure I'm getting a triple whammy. Pollen when the bees really need it plus whatever nectar is there, added organic matter for the soil and mustard turned in has anti nematode properties.
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« Reply #4 on: May 07, 2012, 01:06:20 AM »

>Are turnip flowers a nectar source? 

Yes.  Usually the bees will be all over them.
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« Reply #5 on: May 07, 2012, 04:11:59 PM »

I plant turnips every fall and the ones that don't get picked usually get to come back the second year, when they flower, so that I can save some seed.  My bees love them.  They bloom early and if you've got a big field of them, it would probably be a great build-up source.
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« Reply #6 on: May 07, 2012, 07:24:16 PM »


My bees must have had something they liked better.  I had mustard, turnips, and collards planted within 20 feet of my hives, never saw a honey bee on any of the blooms.  Did see bumble bees on them.

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