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Offline bwallace23350

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Red Maples
« on: February 12, 2018, 05:14:51 pm »
Well the Red Maples are blooming now and so are my fruit trees. How strong of a nectar source are red maples?

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Re: Red Maples
« Reply #1 on: February 12, 2018, 05:24:13 pm »
excellent, issue is that the bees are on a build up after a long winter so they will stuff it in the brood nest and try to replenish supplies where they need it. I was talking to a Beek here this weekend that makes his money off of honey. he feeds them hard before maple so that they will store the Maple above the brood nest in the supers. I always figured they would move the sugar water around.
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Re: Red Maples
« Reply #2 on: February 13, 2018, 07:26:05 am »
Around here we depend on Maple for the spring build up. Very important but not much left over for honey production.
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Re: Red Maples
« Reply #3 on: February 13, 2018, 12:54:08 pm »
We are in the midst of a warm streak. I don't see a day in the outside of highs in the 60's for the next ten days

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Re: Red Maples
« Reply #4 on: February 13, 2018, 02:48:13 pm »
The  rest of this month, the south east should be very warm. That is according to Arri.
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Re: Red Maples
« Reply #5 on: February 13, 2018, 03:59:30 pm »
I am afraid of a late cold snap or I would go ahead and plant my buckwheat

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Re: Red Maples
« Reply #6 on: February 14, 2018, 12:26:21 pm »
In different areas, red maple could possibly be tapped alongside sugar and black maples. Red maple is just one of the very first species to start stem elongation. The narrow red maples before my house simply don't appear to fit in. Red maples produce nectar good enough.

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Re: Red Maples
« Reply #7 on: February 14, 2018, 12:34:58 pm »
I am afraid of a late cold snap or I would go ahead and plant my buckwheat

I thought buckwheat was planted in the fall.  Well, you know a lot more about it than I do.  Learn something new every day --if we're paying attention.
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Re: Red Maples
« Reply #8 on: February 15, 2018, 01:27:26 pm »
Red maple is an early nectar source, but it is also a valuable early pollen source. The bees in eastern NC start brooding up with this new pollen/nectar to feed available.

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Re: Red Maples
« Reply #9 on: February 16, 2018, 09:25:28 am »


I thought buckwheat was planted in the fall.
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If you plant it in the fall its seed will germinate in the spring.  If you plant it in the spring it will wither in the summer and if you don't plant something else it will be a field of weeds so most people plow it under.
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Re: Red Maples
« Reply #10 on: February 16, 2018, 03:05:53 pm »
So it's a waste of seed to plant it in the spring?
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Re: Red Maples
« Reply #11 on: February 17, 2018, 09:31:17 am »
So it's a waste of seed to plant it in the spring?

Down here you can plant it in the spring and the fall. I am not planting it to harvest it but to use it as a green manure cover crop.

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Re: Red Maples
« Reply #12 on: February 17, 2018, 09:31:57 am »
I have a batch of poor land I want to turn into a garden. The goal is to plant buckwheat, clover, and then buckwheat again to build up the soil

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Re: Red Maples
« Reply #13 on: February 17, 2018, 09:49:26 am »
I don't know for sure about red maples, but we have 4 or 5 different species of maples that are just about to bloom, the honey if you can quarantine enough honey during the flow, it tastes just like maple syrup.
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