March Works in the Sweet Drop Apiary – We sow Phacelia

March is special for both beekeepers and bees. This is the beginning of a real beekeeping season. This year we decided to help the bees and help them with plants. We hope that the bees will bring for us a lot of honey. Phacelia tanacetifolia was sown on March 25th. If the weather is favorable, the plant should bloom in early May.

Phacelia is an annual plant that is sown to bees. The height of this plant is 30-70 cm. The leaves are feathery, erratically attached to the stem. The flowers are concentrated in dense coils, which lengthen considerably when the flower blooms. The petals are blue, sometimes white. The fruit of the plant – a box. Blooms from July to August.

A neighbor, a great farmer Oleg, helped us sow the plants in our apiary. With his technique he planted the seeds in the soil at a depth of 2 cm. You can see how it went in this video:

The bee phacelia is a very valuable plant for bees. From it, bees collect nectar and pollen. Honey color is white or light green, with a particularly pleasant smell and taste. In Lithuanian conditions, bee phacelia emits 360-370 kg / ha of nectar, from which bees can produce up to 290 kg / ha of very tasty honey.

And this is what the already sown field looks like.