Bumblebees are ideal pollinators of Almonds!
- We recommend 8 bumblebee hives per hectare when used as the only managed pollinators. Ideally space the bumblebee hives evenly throughout the crop.
- Bumblebees can be used with honeybees to provide back up pollination when the weather is poor and honeybees won't pollinate, but keep the bumblebee hives as far away from any honeybee hives as possible.
The Biology of Almonds
Most varieties of almonds require cross-pollination from a compatible pollenizer variety. Inadequate pollination results in reduced yields.
Bumblebees are much more active than honeybees during poor weather and will fly at significantly cooler temperatures, making them ideal pollinators for early flowering crops like Almond. The large size of a bumblebee assists in its deposition of pollen, and bumblebees have shown high mobility when foraging in orchards, increasing the likelihood of cross-pollination.
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