Bee Friendly Plants

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I wanted to check with the members if they are aware of any nursery's that sale Bee / Pollinator friendly plants that have not been treated with pesticides. I am starting beekeeping this spring and want to make sure the plants I buy are Bee Friendly and pesticide free.


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Answer #2 · Sandy McGinnis's Answer · Thanks John. I have and do shop at Wilson Brothers but not exclusively. Thanks for the info.)


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You're very welcome. After helping a neighbor clean up tonight after planting a garden I found a few additional plant tags along with the normal plant indentification tags that must have come with the annuals he had purchased. The additional tags noted that these plants were treated with Neonicotinoids which has been proven to be harmfull to bees and other beneficial insects. I thought this tagging was good and helpful for many that may not want to plant insecticide treated plants. I think this is good that the growers are concerned enough to start informing the public as to whether the plants are treated and with what type of insecticide. When purchasing your plants you might look closely for these new tags noting insecticide treatment. Let me know how you make out and hopefully you will upload some pictures of your new garden.

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Answer #1 · Maple Tree's Answer · Hi Sandy-This is a great question but not one that is easily answered. This is because it is not easy to know or find out what plants you are purchasing in the nurseries have been treated with pesticides. Unless the nurseries or garden centers inquire themselves about pesticides being used on the plants they order they would not know if anything being used is actually harmful to benefincial pollinators. There has been some research done by the Pesticide Reaearch Institute and the Friends of the Earth that showed that plants in the major retailers like Home Depot and Lowe's have been treated with systemic insecticides that are known to be toxic to bees and other beneficial insects. These researchers note to avoid pesticide treated plants you need to purchase bee-safe organic plant starters or grow your own plants from seed. This much of the time is not easily done. There are other things you can do if you are not sure if the plants are safe or not. Not only are some treated plants harmful to the bees but your soil and fertilizers that have been used in the past in your garden could be contaminated with pesticides that may not have been leached out over time. I noted a few links to articles you may be interested in reading. These articles tell of what I had mentioned plus some things you can do to make plants safer when buying or have already purchased plants for your garden. Just click on these links to go directly to the article. With the risk of loosing a large number of our beneficial insects today many growers are trying to produce pest free plants in ways other than using neonicotinoid pesticides. In my opinion purchasing your plants from quality nurseries and asking a lot of questions regarding the growers they recieve their plants from will hopefully lessen the chance of getting bee harmful plants. There are lists on the internet of nurseries and growers that sell Neonicotinoid pesticide free plants but I have never used any to know how pesticide free and how high a quality their plants are. I think the best thing you can do is purchase your plants from a known quality nursery (not the box stores) and care for your plants as noted in a few of these articles.

http://www.pollinator.org/guides.htm

http://www.foe.org/beeaction

https://www.pesticideresearch.com/site/?page_id=9990

Located in Southern Calif. I don't know your area but I believe it is near McDonough Ga.. Brent and Brooks Wilson are good friends of mine and own Wilson Bros. Nursery in McDonough. If you are close you may want to visit the nursery and inquire about the plants you would like. I'm sure they would be a lot of help in assuring you are getting plants that are safe for your Bee Friendly garden. Hopefully this has helped. Please ask if you have any other questions.

John)



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