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Attracting Honey Bees...

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Every garden needs European Honey Bees to pollinate the flowers to produce fruits and veggies.

I was having a very tough time attracting the l'il fellers to my yard, even though I've seeded the entire yard with Dutch White Clover to attract them, and crowd out this damned Bermuda Grass that refuses to die.

A good friend of mine, a Beekeeper, gave me this recipe to attract them:

In a Mason jar, to a bit more than half a quart of hot water, add 1/8 tsp of lecithin. Add seven drops of oil of lemongrass, seven drops of oil of spearmint and fill with sugar (I used two cups). Shake until all the sugar is dissolved. The lecithin emulsifies the oils, so they spread evenly.

Spray over whatever, the bees will come. Or pour a couple quarts into a shallow pan, then add some sticks or bricks so they don't drown trying to drink it. That stuff is bee medicine, it's good for them, the oils apparently kill some of the viruses that are responsible for the vanishing colonies.

And they did indeed come-- in DROVES. The Honey Bees really love Lemongrass Oil. My friend uses it to attract bees out of houses, and into hives. Even the Queen will leave the problem dwelling to go to the Lemongrass Oil.

BTW: All of the oils and the licithin can be purchased from the Mountain Rose Herb Company-- 100% organic, and they produce most of their products themselves. They've won several awards for their commitment to quality, organic farming, and to their local community.

I absolutely love doing business with this excellent company. I hope you appreciate this good lead. Their products and prices are excellent. No-- I don't take money from them. When I find a really good company, I like to share my discovery. I've never been disappointed by anything that I have purchased from them.

Indeed, when the oils order came in, I ran out and put a drop or two of the Lemongrass oil on the strings supporting the melons and cukes and tomatoes. By the time I mixed up the Bee Potion, the Honey Bees were already attracted to the plants.

Good luck, folks!

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Submitted by Elliott Lake on

single roses for example provide lots of pollen, mine are humming with bees. And they love lavender, I've had the neighbor's bees over checking out my rows though the flowers are not yet open.

Many of the newer flowers that are very double are a washout for bees, as the pollen/nectar organs are lost when creating more petals. So plant some old fashioned singles for the critters.

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Submitted by Monkeyfister on

My yard is full of all kinds of flowers, from Roses to Day Lilies and Bee balm, Catnip, if it grows in the Mid-South, I have it in or near my gardens, not to mention a yard FULL of purposefully seeded clover. There just aren't very many wild Honey Bee hives nearby. I needed to attract them by extraordinary means. This recipe is PARTICULARLY for European Honey Bees.

What I DO have in abundance, are North American Honey Bees-- those little bees that many refer to as "Sweat Bees," because they like salt as much as nectar-- and plenty of Butterflies, Hummingbirds and Bumblebees. I want European Honey Bees in abundance, as well.


As to the question of this attractant potion attracting unwanted wasps, yellowjackets and hornets... I've not seen a single one amongst the European Honey Bees slurping the nectar, and no more wasps as are normal.

Do you REALLY think that I would have posted this if it turned your garden into a dangerous hornet's nest? If it turned MY garden into something I couldn't enjoy?


Submitted by lambert on

1. I added the "bees" tag, because we did several posts on CCD awhile back.

2. I thought the yellowjackets question was perfectly reasonable; it occurred to me, if that's a proof of what perfectly reasonable is.

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