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POLLINATION

Hantz Honey has been providing pollination services around the Ellesmere and mid Canterbury areas for over 40 years.  Bees in these areas play a major role in the production of apples, blackcurrants, clover seed and of late, carrot and radish seed.

We pride ourselves on delivering quality hives on time to the grower for a quality pollination of their crop.

Dead bees don’t pollinate!

Beware of sprays!  Spraying chemicals without following the directions on the packet can be devastating to bees.  Spraying is best done at dusk or early in the morning when field bees are not flying. 

 

Remember cheap hives or no hives will cost you part of your crop.  This could be a costly mistake.  We are happy to discuss your pollination requirements for your crop. Contact us today.

 

OTHER HONEY INFO...

Help the honey bees

Honey bees all around the world are under threat due to infestations such as Varroa, disease and pesticide use.  Bees are now reliant on humans to protect then.  

  • Bees love blue and purple flowers best.  They love sunflowers, lavender and jasmine.  Plant some in your gardens for bees to visit.

  • Plant flowers for each season to provide a steady source of nectar and pollen all year round. 

  • Avoid spraying when plants are in flower or bees are present.  The best time is at sunset. 

  • Provide fresh drinking water for bees.

  • Bees can’t fly in the rain!  So avoid watering flowering plants when bees are present.

For more bee friendly information visit www.treesforbeesnz.org

For the latest bee updates and issues visit www.fedfarm.org.nz/membership/Industry-Groups/Trees-for-Bees.asp

 

Interesting facts

  • Bees are the only insects that produce food eaten by humans.

  • We rely on bees to help grow food we eat. About 1/3 of what we eat is directly/indirectly attributed to honeybee pollination. 

  • Honey bees are dancers!  They can communicate with each other about the direction and distance of pollen and nectar by the way they move their bodies – it’s called the “waggle dance”.

  • The energy in one tablespoon of honey is enough for a bee to fly halfway round the world.

  • A busy hive can make at least a kilogram of honey in a day.

  • Honey is one of the safest foods – most harmful bacteria cannot live in honey for any length of time.

Hantz Honey, 31 Lower Lake Road, Lakeside, RD 3, Leeston 7683, Phone: (03) 3243885, email: info@hantzhoney.co.nz