Ok you southern bkprs...you guys are prolly into the bloom by now, right? Isn't Oranges starting to bloom at this time of year??? Or do oranges bloom at all???
Anyways, this question is for you northern BKPRS who are preparing your bees...
I heard that some BKPRS are putting in pollen or bee paddies in now. Why is that? Is it time to do that NOW??? While I have some early flowers putting forth some blades and by this time next month, there will be flowers on, should I bee starting to feed pollen at this time??? I do want to build up my hive early this year...Want to increase my one hive to 3 if possible....Is it possible? If so, how?
Okay, it is a bit weird growing oranges and citrus in Florida. The oranges are generally ripe on the tree in months of november through feburary. Janurary being considered the peak time. That is why frost warnings are so bad down here. One night can destroy crops. The best month for picking the oranges depends on what type you are growing but the general rule is janurary. Now there are oranges that bloom in spring and summer. So beekeepers can come down from the wintery north and set their bees up in Florida and help pollinate for the winter and spring crops depending on what type of oranges are going to grow.
There are also beekeepers that stay in Florida year round. Orange blossom honey is sold in the stores here.
There used to be miles of orange fields all over Florida. Citrus canker and development have reduced the orange crops to a small percentage of what use to exist in Florida. In a way it is very sad.
You could always see bee hives in the orange grooves. It is still done as bees are needed for the oranges. However I find that the beekeepers are losing a lot of the lands they use to set up on.