The Plight of the Bumblebee
Fact: Since the late 1990s, the population of the species has plummeted 87%. Most folks have become aware of the tragic status of bumbles, now on the Endangered Species list. Their number has been dropping significantly and considering the amount of pollinating and cross-pollinating of flowers and vegetables and fruits for which they are responsible, there is no question that their extinction will affect our world’s ecosystem and its food supply. At Evergreen of Johnson City, taking responsible and effective steps to help our environment in any way possible is one of our goals. And the good news is that it IS possible to make a difference in the future of the bumblebee. In addition to our own efforts, we are making it possible for you to participate with a number of neat products we have available, specifically designed to aid in increasing their population!
The trick is help the bees pollinate as much as possible, which will increase their population. We offer a Precious Pollinators Wildflower seed blend from Botanical Interests which will add a beautiful dash of wild color to your landscape while promoting pollination at the same time! Another option is Encap Brand Wildflower Pollinator Mix, which includes enough to cover a 200 sq ft area!
When choosing flowers to plant to help Honeybees, select ones with single tops, like daisies and marigolds. Flowers with double heads produce less nectar. Remember, too, that hybrid plants tend to produce less pollen so avoid them as well. Try to plan for continuous blooms through the season to help with continuous pollination.
The bees love it when you plant things that bloom as long as possible throughout the season!
Here are few examples of plants/flowers/herbs that feed or attract honeybees:
- Bee Balm
- Butterfly Weed
- Black-eyed Susan