How to Tell if My Bee House Worked

One of the most common questions at the end of the season is: “How do I know if my bees worked?”. Answer the questions below to find your answer.

DID I GET A GOOD YIELD?

Whether you planted an orchard or garden a good yield is a clear sign there was good pollination. If you had a couple gardening hiccups check outthis postabout garden problems and how to correct them.

DID I SEE BEE ACTIVITY OUTSIDE THE BEE HOUSE? DID I SEE BEE ACTIVITY ON MY BLOSSOMS

Solitary bees don’t swarm around trees like the honey bee so they are a little easier to miss. If you look a little bit it is easy to spot them going about their pollinating business and filling up their tubes.

ARE THERE FILLED TUBES IN THE BEE HOUSE?

Filled tubes are a sure sign that the bees were out pollinating. Solitary bees lay an egg, deposit pollen and then close off each cell. They repeat the process until the tube is filled and move on to the next. The more filled tubes the better! Next year their babies will hatch and pollinate again. If you saw bee activity and had a good yield but don’t have very many offspring check outthis post tofind out why.

DO I NEED TO BUY MORE BEES?

That all depends.  If there were fruits and vegetables with partial pollination you may not have enough bees. To learn about partial pollination click here. However, if you see that your bee population grew (there are more filled tubes now than you put out) your bees may have taken care of that problem for you. If your bee population shrunk due to pesticides, frosts, or predators you’ll have to buy more to boost your bees for next year.

Osmia Texana

$29.99

5 tubes of Osmia Texana, +/- 40 bees
Used for pollination of berry crops in the spring time.
Pollinates a 10×10 space
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Orchard Bee Kits

$0.00

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800 Loose cell Mason Bees
2: 96 hole nesting blocks
4: 48 hole nesting blocks
3 emergence tubes
Nesting box
1 Acre Orchard set up.
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Osmia Californica

$29.99

5 Tubes in Reeds, +/- 50 bees
Used to extend your tree pollination season in the spring
Pollinates a 10×10 space
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Package Bees

$39.99

Extend your pollination season and increase the breadth of flowers covered by using this special mix of Mason Bees to your area. The special mix of bees allows your pollination season to stretch from the first blooms of ...

Mason Bees-Blue Orchard Bee

$29.99

One set of Mason Bees will pollinate about 2-4 orchard trees or early blooming crops
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