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Offline pembroke

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Crimson clover for bees
« on: July 11, 2012, 07:11:32 PM »
would this be the crimson clover that bees will work?


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Re: Crimson clover for bees
« Reply #1 on: July 11, 2012, 07:16:11 PM »
Bees will hit it.   It is not the yellow clover that produces tons of honey, but bees do use it.   

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Re: Crimson clover for bees
« Reply #2 on: July 11, 2012, 07:39:15 PM »
can you show me a picture of Yellow clover and it's true name? Pembroke

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Re: Crimson clover for bees
« Reply #3 on: July 11, 2012, 07:41:23 PM »
They get pollen from the crimson, mine work it pretty good. The bee yard is about 40 yards from a 25 acre field of crimson.  In 2011 a commerical beek had some hives about 1 1/2 to 2 miles from me and his bees worked it also.  Good luck Pembroke.



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Re: Crimson clover for bees
« Reply #4 on: July 11, 2012, 07:49:25 PM »
Yellow clover video Hardwood put up last year.   

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Re: Crimson clover for bees
« Reply #5 on: July 11, 2012, 07:53:20 PM »
My hayfield is full of what I call red clover. My bees work it for pollen but I think bumblebees are about all that can reach the nectar. My pastures have Ladino clover and they work it good.
I think the yellow clover is called sweet clover, it comes in yellow and white. It was too dry here this year for the Ladino to do any good.

I understand there is one race of bees that has a tongue long enough to work red clover, carnolians perhaps?

 

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