Beehive Location

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Beehive Placement – Where to place beehives

The location where we will place our hives is crucial and will play a major role in the quantity and quality of the honey selected. We must consider the flora of the area before placing the hives, as the flora provides the necessary food (pollen-nectar-honeydew) for our bees. During the summer months we generally select areas of shadow, while during the winter we prefer sunny and well drained areas, protected from strong winds. We should not place our hives directly on the ground, because ground moisture will affect the hive. Many beekeepers choose soils with inclination, while others place their hives upon old large truck wheels. We never place our hives close to populated areas or near the hives of other apiarists. In order to have sufficient production, we may not have a fixed place for our apiary. The hives may have to be moved 2 times a year in areas with flowering.

It is obvious that the plant (or the combination of plants) that prevails in the place where we will place the hives will finally be characteristic of the honey classification. This is why we distinguish the honey based on the major plant of the area. (fir honey, sage honey, pine honey, orange honey, oak honey etc.).

Some of the most common bee plants are: lavender, cotton, almond, saffron, chestnut, oregano, acacias, arbutus, fir, oak, ivy, wicker, linden, etc. Some energy crops such as sunflower and rapeseed are also bee plants.

You can enrich this article by leaving a comment or photo of the place you have placed your hives.

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2. Understanding Bee Society

3. How Honey is made by Bees

4. Beehive and Equipment Supply

5. Beehive Location

6. Honey Bee Swarming

7. Beehive Wintering

8. How to feed Bees

9. Honey Harvest

10. Bee Diseases

11. Q&As Bees

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