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Re: Re: Hyb: Bee Pods

  • Subject: Re: [iris-talk] Re: Hyb: Bee Pods
  • From: "Jeff and Carolyn Walters" <jcwalters@bridgernet.com>
  • Date: Sat, 18 May 2002 07:55:56 -0600

> From: Kelly D. Norris <kellydn@frontiernet.net>
> In my area of the world I see several bee pods a year.  My iris
collection is in a development stage but of the hundred some iris blossoms
that unfurl there heavenly petals here a year I probably have seen 12-20
bee pods.
> Course at my house bee activity is fairly high.  There are some hives up
the road and a large honey producer about 9 miles away.  Maybe this
explains it! <g>


Bumblebees are the natural pollinators of bearded irises. Honeybees are too
small to be effective pollinators, particularly of the ones with larger
flowers, such as TBs.

Jeff Walters in northern Utah  (USDA Zone 4/5, Sunset Zone 2, AHS Zone 7)

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