Top 10 Plants That Instantly Attract Bees for Pollination

When you bite into a fresh blueberry and hear the satisfying juicy crunch, what’s the first thing that crosses your mind? I bet it is, “How is this so sweet and delicious?”. I believe this article will answer that question for you and more. 

We will show you which plants usually attract bees to aid in the pollination process. The process of pollination is what allows the fruit you have to be so delicious and juicy, and we owe our satisfied taste buds to our busy workers, the Bees! 

Bees usually pollinate in areas where temperatures do not soar over 60°C, and do their jobs between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm. In this regard, it is safe to assume that bees have their own 9 to 5 jobs where they work to provide you with the most delicious fruits that you feast on.

Bees are very picky when it comes to pollinating flowers because they do it unconsciously in an act to suckle on the nectar of the sweetest of plants seasonally. So a bee will not be pollinating blueberries throughout the year, but only during the early season. 

To make the job easier, we have listed 10 plants that you can plant in your garden to attract our favourite pollinators, and we have also provided you links to the places where you can purchase the respective seeds of the plants you desire to grow.

Early Seasonal Plants

1. Cranberry

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Image by Konevi from Pixabay

Speaking of these delicious berries the pollination process that goes behind the sweetening of the fruit is quite strenuous. While some plants are equipped with pollination and rarely require the help of pollinators, cranberry flowers are not equipped to self pollinate. 

This is why our migratory bees and what we call bumble bees are our true friends when it comes to pollinating cranberry flowers. However, particular attention must be paid to the fact that a single bee visit will not induce or optimize pollination. At least three are required. 

Our migratory bees usually pollinate until mid-July, after which the native bees take over and assist in optimising the process, giving you the sweetest cranberries to savour.

Where to purchase cranberry seeds from?

  1. American Low Bush
    https://www.incredibleseeds.ca/products/cranberry-seeds
  2. American High Bush
    https://www.incredibleseeds.ca/products/cranberry-seeds

2. Blueberry (Vaccinium corymbosum)

Blueberry is a necessity in beauty as well as the fitness industry as it is called the beauty elixir. This nomenclature is assigned to this beautiful fruit because of the high levels of antioxidants it possesses, which is beneficial to our skin and body.

Much of the effectiveness of its antioxidants can be attributed to the pollination process that it undergoes, and blueberries heavily rely on bees for their cross-pollination. 90-95% to be precise.

An important thing to remember while pollinating blueberries is that the seeds must be placed next to each other for the bees to carry out the cross-pollination process efficiently.

Where to purchase blueberry seeds from?

  1. Blueberry Feminised Seeds (Canuk seeds)
    https://www.truenorthseedbank.com/blueberry-feminized-seeds-canuk-seeds
  2. Cannabis Seeds
    https://www.truenorthseedbank.com/cannabis-seeds-canada.ca/

3. Primrose (Primula vulgaris)

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Photo by Zdeněk Macháček on Unsplash

The primrose is another one of the bees’ favourite nectar spots, and aids in the pollination process. However, primroses are typically self-pollinating flowers and require only minimal help from our buzzy friends.

Primroses are typically self-pollinating flowers because of their composure. One type of primrose, which is called the ‘pin’ contains the stigma on the top, whereas another ‘thrum,’ contains the stigma at the bottom of the corolla tube. Bees have to just transfer the pollen within the flower and this is done while they are suckling on the nectar of the same flower, covered in pollen.

A third type, which is considered a rare type is called ‘homostyle‘ and in this the anther and stigma are placed at the same level, making the process of pollination a lot easier.

Where to purchase primrose seeds from?

  1. Shadowy Evening Primrose Seeds 6970
    https://www.oscseeds.com/product/showy-evening-primrose-6970/
  2. Evening Primrose Seeds
    https://www.homedepot.ca/product/mr-fothergrill-s-seeds-evening-primrose-seeds/1000766979

4. Hazelnut

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Image by Myriams-Fotos from Pixabay

As delicious as your favourite hazelnut chocolate spread is, it will be quite a hassle to grow it on your farm, simply because the process of pollination for hazelnuts take up to 5 months, whereas the average pollination period for plants only lasts a few days.

The flower seeds are pollinated over a year before the actual nut develops, and this too sometimes does not develop to its full potential.

Hazelnuts have the male and female parts on the same flower, and yet cannot self-pollinate. Some varieties of hazelnuts cannot even cross-pollinate, whereas some can only be pollinated through the wind. Thus, the strenuous process of hazelnut pollination is not positive news.

However, what allows for a more assuring process of pollination is placing 3 pollinating varieties of seeds in one field.

Where to purchase hazelnut seeds from?

  1. Hazelnut Hybrids
    https://www.grimonut.com/index.php?p=Products&category=hazelnut-hybrids-northern
  2. European Hazelnut Seeds
    http://www.treeseeds.com/european-hazelnut-tree-seeds

5. Willows

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Image by Mabel Amber from Pixabay

Willows are beautiful plants that use wind and bees to pollinate themselves. They are thoroughly dioecious which means that they either have male parts or female parts, and this is what makes them so dependent on bees for cross-pollination.

In the same way, bees are incredibly fond of the sweet nectar found in willow flowers and the abundance with which it provides them with food at the beginning of the year.

Willows do not require the use of harmful sprays at pesticides, and so it is completely safe for the bees to safely pollinate the plant.

Where to purchase willow seeds from?

  1. Laurel leaf, silver leaf, acute, dappled, dwarf arctic, silver berry, and golden willow seeds
    https://www.treetime.ca/products.php?tagid=45
  2. Weeping Willow
    https://www.amazon.ca/Weeping-Willow-Tree-Seeds-Plant/dp/B07KKFK5SL

Mid Seasonal Plants

6. Blackberries

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Photo by Will Tarpey on Unsplash

Blackberries as we know it grows during the mid-seasonal time popularly in woodlands and meadows, preferably in the local areas, New Jersey, and Eastern Pennsylvania to name a few.

Bees are not attracted to fully mowed lawns, and hence these local areas only mow a part of their lawns and plant the seeds. The pollen in the blackberry flowers are extremely sticky, so it cannot be pollinated by the natural wind.

Hence, popular bees like mining bees, bumblebees, carpenter bees, and honey bees work hard to transfer the sticky pollen from one flower to another. This will give you an idea that blackberries are heavily dependent on bees for cross-pollination.

Where to purchase blackberry seeds from?

  1. Blackberry seeds
    https://www.plant-world-seeds.com/store/view_seed_item/2500
  2. Chester seeds
    http://caac.ca/product_info.php/products_id/30

7. Lavender

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Photo by Kai Dahms on Unsplash

Lavender is a popular ingredient in the beauty industry and is considered a calming herb, that is sometimes coupled with chamomile to aid in inducing healthy sleep patterns. Growing this magical herb in your backyard will provide you with tons of benefits.

A particular variant of the lavender flower, which is called L. Angustifolia, blooms multiple times a year, thereby providing bees with a regular diet throughout the year. Once they find an appropriate flower that will provide them with sweet nectar throughout the year, they will never forget the address of that place.

This is why planting lavender in your garden will allow for continuous pollination. Lavender flowers are self-pollinating to an extent in the sense that the flowers have both stamens and pistils in one.

Where to purchase lavender seeds from?

  1. Lavender McKenzie Seeds
    https://www.wildwood.express/products/mk-lavender
  2. Lavender
    https://www.veseys.com/ca/flowers-and-bulbs/lavender.html

8. Dahlia

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Photo by Angelo Caputo on Unsplash

Let me just begin by saying that you might not have heard the name dahlia too often, and that is because it is not a popular choice on most pollination plant lists. However, there is no reason that it should not be popularised.

In all honesty and transparency, maybe the other bee-flowers are jealous because dahlia is clearly the first choice for bees when it comes to the sweetness of the nectar!

Bees love dahlias more than other flowers, and there is a reason behind this. Dahlias produce the sweetest nectar at a time when bees are in desperate need of nourishment. When they come across a dahlia flower in the mid-season, it is like finding water in a heavily parched desert.

The open-centered dahlias are preferred the most because there is more room for the bees to pollinate the flower.

Where to purchase dahlia seeds from?

  1. Dahlia Seeds
    https://www.swallowtailgardenseeds.com/annuals/dahlia.html
  2. Spring Bulb Dahlia seeds
    https://www.wildwood.express/collections/spring-bulbs/dahlia

9. Raspberry

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Photo by Monika Grabkowska on Unsplash

Raspberries are one of the sweetest berries out there and 90-95% of their pollination is dependent on bees, specifically honey bees or solitary bees. They account for most of the pollination process.

In a raspberry flower, there are five petals with several anthers and each bloom has several stigmas. With this arrangement, you might assume that the pollination process comes easily, however, this is not the case, because pollination is a rare miracle for raspberries.

Where to purchase raspberry seeds from?

  1. Raspberry seeds
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.dhgate.buyermob&hl=en_IN&gl=US

10. Sunflower

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Photo by Ryan Bruce from Burst

The sunflower, being a really attractive flower, also has a lot of delicious nectar which attracts the bees to it. Typically, there are two kinds of sunflowers, one being the common sunflower, and the other being the cucumber leaf sunflower. Bees love them both for their nectar.

The enormous central disc in a sunflower contains small tubular disc flowers, each having its own pollen and nectar. The bees pollinate one flower disk and move on to the next, thereby fertilizing the entire flower.

The popular bees that engage in this pollination action are honeybees, carpenters, and bumblebees.

Where to purchase sunflower seeds from?

  1. Sunflower Seeds
    https://www.mckenzieseeds.com/collections/sunflower
  2. Sunflower Seeds
    https://halifaxseed.ca/products/type/category/sunflowers

Conclusion

These 10 plants are surely going to attract our busy bees to fertilize your garden and ultimately provide you with the sweetest of fruits and the strongest smelling herbs that you desire while planting such seeds!

References

https://homeguides.sfgate.com/plant-blueberry-bush-crosspollination-46270.html
https://www.cranbe-rries.org
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/nut-trees/hazelnut/hazelnut-tree-pollination.htm
https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg12917543-200-science-self-pollinating-primrose-is-just-too-fertile
https://www.the-natural-web.org/2017/05/31/blackberries-butterflies-bees-and-birds/
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/fruits/
https://www.motherearthliving.com/plant-profile-lavender
https://www.greengardenbuzz.com/favourite-bee-flower-dahlias/

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