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Offline Charles Wright

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Azaleas. Are they a problem?
« on: October 15, 2020, 03:09:57 pm »
I've spotted three azalea plants within a close distance from where my hives will be. Is this a serious problem?

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Re: Azaleas. Are they a problem?
« Reply #1 on: October 15, 2020, 07:39:59 pm »
I have several azaleas on my property, a few natives and a few non-natives, and we also have tons of rhododendron.  I don't have any issues with the honey bees working the azaleas or the rhododendrons.  They usually leave them alone unless we are in a really strong dearth.  The native bees LOVE the azaleas though.  I've seen carpenters, bumbles, masons, and sweat bees all working them.       
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Re: Azaleas. Are they a problem?
« Reply #2 on: October 15, 2020, 07:43:37 pm »
If in Doubt give a jar of Honey to your Mother in Law.

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Re: Azaleas. Are they a problem?
« Reply #3 on: October 15, 2020, 08:18:21 pm »
Charles,
I have several large azalea bushes on my property with as many 30 hives at times.  I have never seen a honey bee on azaleas.
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Re: Azaleas. Are they a problem?
« Reply #4 on: October 16, 2020, 08:46:24 am »
NO
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Offline Charles Wright

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Re: Azaleas. Are they a problem?
« Reply #5 on: October 16, 2020, 10:05:17 am »
LMAO @worrywort. Thank you all. If you Google the issue it looks dire. But I've yet to hear a beekeeper express concern
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