Greenhouse growers have been using bumblebees extensively since the late 80's, and they are increasingly used in outdoor crops to maximise yields and as an insurance on the weather.
For orders of standard or turbo hives, it is appreciated if you place your order at least 4 weeks ahead of time. It takes some time to rear the hives up to the required strength and we need notice to make sure your needs are met. Hives do not have a long shelf-life, and must be produced to demand.
Buy with confidence! We guarantee that our hives will provide effective pollination for a minimum of 4 weeks, but if the conditions are right they may pollinate for 8 weeks or more! As these are living, breathing animals, it is not possible to give a definitive period of pollination, and you should consider checking on the activity of the hive (watching bees come and go) to ensure that it is still working effectively. Chemical pesticides can be harmful to bumblebees, so please be aware of this when making spray decisions. While not all chemicals will kill the bees out right, some can have sub-lethal impacts that effect the duration and quality of pollination services. Hives can be closed to minimise chemical impacts, and wherever possible, use biological control agents and/or soft chemicals to ensure your bumblebees can do their job.