Frost

Discussion in 'Beekeeping 101' started by Eddy Honey, Oct 12, 2012.

  1. Eddy Honey

    Eddy Honey New Member

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    My bees are going gangbusters on the goldenrod and asters. Tonight, we have a frost warning with temps forcast to go to 37F. Does the nectar flow stop with any kind of frost or does it have to be a hard, windshield scraping frost?

    After tonight the next 10 days are 70's and 50's and the bees could continue packing away the nectar.

    We had goldenrod and asters through Thanksgiving last year.
     
  2. Omie

    Omie Active Member

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    37F won't hurt your Fall wildflowers.

    I'm supposed to get down to 25F tonight...now that might put a dent in the asters!
    We have a fire in the fireplace right now!
     

  3. PerryBee

    PerryBee New Member

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    There you have it, Oct. 13th and we had our first frost here!
    Geez Omie, with temps like that you are definitely in the "Tundra" category! :shock:
     
  4. Omie

    Omie Active Member

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    Yes it was WAY COLD last night! My spinach and kale won't care a bit though! I think even the lettuces will be ok. :thumbsup:
     
  5. riverrat

    riverrat New Member

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    It will slow the flow down but wont shut it off. It takes a hard freeze to end the flow. However they will still bring in pollen after a hard frost that was left before the frost
     
  6. brooksbeefarm

    brooksbeefarm New Member

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    The old timers (over the years, older than me:grin:) said, if it's not a killing frost (25F and below) that it makes the aster flow better? Then again, after a hard frost the aster is the only thing left blooming. It's a tough weed:thumbsup: Jack
     
  7. Eddy Honey

    Eddy Honey New Member

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    I'm wondering if those old timers are right Jack?

    Looking at the hives today you'd think it was the Spring flow around here.
    Down-wind reeks of goldenrod.
    It's been a month since I've been in the hives and I'm purposely staying away until this gift from the nectar gods is over.