Crimson clover

Discussion in 'Plant Identification' started by jb63, May 15, 2012.

  1. jb63

    jb63 New Member

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    [​IMG] The bees seem to like this stuff.
     

  3. PerryBee

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    Beautiful, and I see the Bumble, but do honey bees make use of this? I remember one guy up here losing a pile of hives cause his bees were in a field of red clover and were starving. Bee Health Advisor said that honey bees' proboscis couldn't reach through the taller spikes. (I know I had no idea)
     
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    Gypsi Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Honey bees do - I bought seed. But it likes more water than it has gotten, this is gorgeous, not all dried out and spindly like mine.
     
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    Very awesome photo!
     
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    They worked my red top clover over really good this year also.
     

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    They were getting on mine just as I was plowing it in for the garden. I hadn't seen much interest up until the time I cranked the tractor:)
     
  8. brooksbeefarm

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    The bees can't work the red clover like Perry said, because the first bloom head is to big. After it's been mowed (for hay) the second bloom is not as big and they can work it. Jack
     
  9. jb63

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    Your right about the red clover Jack .It's funny that red clover is pink and crimson is crimson red.Why didn't the plant naming dudes call red clover pink clover?Like an orange is orange and a blue berry is blue.
     
  10. Eddy Honey

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    Do the bees work the purple clover?
    It doesn't seem to last as long as the white clover and the flowers are much bigger.

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  11. jb63

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    That's red clover.The first cutting is for hay,and the second they can make honey.If you don't bale it or graze it you can mow it.
     
  12. Eddy Honey

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    Just baled 30 acres last week. Luckily got it picked up and stored before 1" of rain fell last Tuesday.

    This field is about 9/10's of a mile away and I'm thinking about moving a few hives over there. I think my bees are hitting the melon fields that they would have to fly over before the clover fields.
     
  13. jb63

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    Mine are in black berries now and when the bb's are done I'll move them to red cloves.