Give the gift of bumblebees with redeemable vouchers! An excellent choice for the Christmas period when courier deliveries become challenging and people may be away from home.
Bumblebees make great gifts for the avid gardener or anyone interested in bees and the outdoors. Seeing your own bumblebees buzzing around on your flowers can bring great joy and can be an exceptional educational tool for children.
Vouchers are a dollar amount, they can be redeemed for any hive type available, and prices may not fully cover cost of freight (i.e. South Island delivery &/or rural delivery charges)
Vouchers can only be redeemed once, must be redeemed through the online store, and it is your responsibility to ensuring the data on the voucher is not compromised or shared with anyone else. Hives will not be gift wrapped.
Hives will be delivered as close to the desired delivery date of the recipient as possible, however South Island rural deliver orders will only be dispatched on Mondays due to higher costs and delays, please be aware of this when ordering. Two weeks' notice may be required for the delivery of turbo hives. Saturday deliveries are not available.
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Bumblebees are exceptional pollinators, in many aspects superior to honeybees, and are an absolute delight to watch!Ideal for pollinating a wide variety of garden plants, especially food crops including, apples, apricots, avocado, beans, blueberries, cherries, courgettes, eggplants, kiwifruit, melons, peaches, pears, persimmons, plums, pumpkin, raspberries, strawberries, sunflowers and many more! We recommend getting the hive a few weeks in advance of the pollination of larger trees, which will allow the hive some time to develop beforehand. Ideal for plants grown under cover, both plastic and glass.
The hive contains an active queen, her workers and developing brood. The packaging is identical to that supplied to commercial users. The packaging is not weather resistant and we recommend providing it with some additional shelter or a wooden housing to protect it from rain (if placing in a glasshouse, this is unnecessary).
The hive is supplied at an early stage in its development. The bees will follow their natural life-cycle, the hive will develop in strength before eventually declining in numbers and ultimately ceasing to exist. Nearing the end of the hive's life, many new queens should be produced, these will hopefully take up residence in your area the following season.
Bumblebees are usually more docile than honeybees, hence the misconception that they can't sting. It is important to note that they are capable of stinging and will do so if threatened. Hives should be placed out of the way of young children and inquisitive pets. Please visit our safety section for more information.