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Re: What's flowering: Queensland
« Reply #600 on: September 05, 2021, 06:45:53 am »
I have to check the Hive Lifts section - thanks

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Re: What's flowering: Queensland
« Reply #601 on: September 10, 2021, 04:51:02 am »
10. September 2021 - the Deep Yellow Wood is flowering right next to some of my nuc's and the bees are working them like crazy.
Interesting that the Deep Yellow Wood seems to do better in dry conditions.
The White Clover is also doing very well but that plant could do with a drink.

I mad a quite a few splits this week ( more to go)  and have seen very few SHB.
I spoke to another beekeeper today and he had also noticed.
Nobody is complaining :smile:

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Re: What's flowering: Queensland
« Reply #602 on: September 10, 2021, 11:48:58 pm »
All positive Max.
Went for a drive out West yesterday and the avocado pollination has started. Bumper crops by the looks of things.

I have managed to secure a new site on a certified organic farm, he has 1200 lime trees and various other citrus as well. Its surrounded by avocado farms too, so the honey wont be organic unfortunately.
He said his trees flower all year round so it should be a productive site.

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Re: What's flowering: Queensland
« Reply #603 on: September 11, 2021, 04:17:10 am »
Sounds great!
How far from home?

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Re: What's flowering: Queensland
« Reply #604 on: September 11, 2021, 04:45:23 am »
About an hours drive West 80km. A nice drive though.

I have another lime farmer who wants some hives as well
 He is on the Barron River in Mareeba and has 500 trees, so I will get the Eucalyptus along the river as well. He is half way to the new site about 30min away.

The two new sites will be enough for me and both being in the same direction shouldn't be too hard to manage.

I've heard lime honey is high quality. I havnt tried it before.

I expect to have the hives out there before winter which is when the citrus flower best.


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Re: What's flowering: Queensland
« Reply #605 on: September 11, 2021, 10:33:08 pm »
I try to keep my yard as close as possible.
All mine are less then 15 km from home.
I tend to forget things and even a 15 min drive and back seems a lot.
Your new location does sounfd like worth the drive.
You say " lime" - is the Lime Fruit or Kaffir Lime ( for the leaves)?
We grow about 80 Kaffir Limes here and they do flower most of the year

I have made 24 splits this week. I could not get queens so they have to make their own. A bit of a risk but queens are not easy to get this year.
I notice the Pecan's are close to budburst and some of my nuc's are across the road from a small orchard.
Lots of plants are flowering but the rain is simply missing us

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Re: What's flowering: Queensland
« Reply #606 on: September 11, 2021, 11:10:31 pm »
Hi Max,

Lime fruit trees.

I actually wanted to find some locations to the West of the range and away from the rainforest. A different environment altogether. Yes, an hour is a bit of a stretch but if I call it half an hour from my second yard it doesn't sound so bad! I can always move them somewhere closer is it doesnt pay off.


Tell me about the rain Max!! That's why I'm going West. No honey, no splits, few drones and just more showers here atm.

I hope your nucs do ok mate.




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Re: What's flowering: Queensland
« Reply #607 on: September 12, 2021, 04:29:13 am »
Lime fruit trees.

!!OK - I have been working in my orchard this afternoon and our Kaffir Limes are also flowering and the smell is fantastic. You should do very well with Limes.
Also noticed that the firat PECANS HAVE BUDDED!!
Very early  and it was warm today too.

I actually wanted to find some locations to the West of the range and away from the rainforest. A different environment altogether. Yes, an hour is a bit of a stretch but if I call it half an hour from my second yard it doesn't sound so bad! I can always move them somewhere closer is it doesnt pay off.

!!Yes, 1/2 and hour does sounf better :grin:


Tell me about the rain Max!! That's why I'm going West. No honey, no splits, few drones and just more showers here atm.

!!Send them this way!


I hope your nucs do ok mate.

!!Yes, without queens there is a risk. We shall see.


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Re: What's flowering: Queensland
« Reply #608 on: September 15, 2021, 05:16:30 am »
I heard it mentioned several times that bees foraging on citrus get a bit more testy.
We just have a few citrus trees, so I can?t tell.
Could you let us know how your bees are behaving on all that citrus @BeeNorth?

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Re: What's flowering: Queensland
« Reply #609 on: September 15, 2021, 07:44:43 pm »
Hi Beelab.

Sure...once I get some bees out there.