Montain Laurel and Rhododendron and Honey

Discussion in 'General Beekeeping' started by AcmeBees, Mar 14, 2012.

  1. AcmeBees

    AcmeBees New Member

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    My buddy has told me that Mountain Laurel and Rhododendron pollen can make honey toxic.

    He was researching another topic and kept coming up with this honey toxicity issue.

    I don't have much ML near my apiary but there is some Rhododendron as landscape plants around.

    Also, this is a concren if I would establish other bee yards, I live in an area known as the Laurel Highlands. They don't call it that for nothin'.

    Thanks
    Bill
     
  2. Intheswamp

    Intheswamp New Member

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    I've read similar reports. There's even the ancient story of Xenophon's(sic?) army being disabled by eating "poison honey" that they happened upon. I'm pretty sure it depends on the density of the plants and if there is an alternate source of pollen/nectar. From what I understand, these are not the first choices of honey bees but that they will use them if nothing more attractive is around. But, I'm a newbee, so take that with a chunk of salt. ;)

    Ed