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« on: February 08, 2014, 03:39:49 AM »

Hi everyone
Just after some information on honey flows in the Sydney area. My bees which are around Campbelltown have been struggling to say the least.  Sad I've been offered a site with red bloodwood around Nowra, I was wondering if someone had experience with this, or would advise another honey flow, if there is any. Thanks very much. Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: February 08, 2014, 04:37:08 AM »

From "Honey & Pollen Flora".

"This species is generally of medium value as a honey producer.  In good seasons and when conditions have been favourable as much as 60 - 70 kg has been obtained.  Yields and colony welfare are closely associated with prevailing weather conditions especially rainfall at he time of flowering.  The honey is amber and has the characteristic bloodwood stringy property - it will readily draw out as a filament about half a metre long when a spoon is placed on the surface and withdrawn.  The honey granulated readily and is mainly used for blending with other honeys.

Red bloodwood produces creamy pollen which is gathered by bees.  The pollen does not stimulate colonies to the same extent as other eucalypt pollens."

Pink Bloodwood is flowering heavily up here at the moment.  Pink & Red Bloodwood can be difficult to distinguish between species apparently.

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« Reply #2 on: February 08, 2014, 05:28:19 AM »

Standing on my back deck I can see more than half a dozen Blood Wood in flower  - 3 on my own property. and less than 50 meters from my hive - adding two more hives in the next few days so hope there is enough to go around.
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« Reply #3 on: February 08, 2014, 04:15:19 PM »

Hi, and thanks for your replies
Yanta, you must be referring to the Clemson book, not Goodacre. Now I noted you're in Coffs, so the flowering must come later further south.
What honey flows are you working with at the moment? Bees are quite struggling here in Sydney.
Thanks a lot
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« Reply #4 on: February 10, 2014, 03:24:35 AM »

Yes, Clemson.

Just the Bloodwood where I am at the moment.  Not a great flow possibly due to the very hot dry weather we are having.

I will probably extract again prior to winter so that I can reduce my hives backdown to doubles.

Yantabulla.
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« Reply #5 on: February 21, 2014, 10:57:20 PM »

ask the university

they may have a calender that describes everything in its time

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down yonder not down under

do ya all get real snowy winters? you know 1 to 4 feet deep?
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« Reply #6 on: February 22, 2014, 05:41:14 PM »

Jay,

Often the ski fields won't get 4 foot of snow, even when it's manmade, we're just not at a high enough latitude for that.
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