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CSA cocoon trayAn acre kit in the field

A STEP BY STEP seasonal view of our pollination program


Determine how many acres to pollinate.

Once the bees are established nesting in their house, leave them undisturbed. While the bees will fly about 300’ from their house, we have learned that the more farm nests per acre, the better the nesting habits of the bees will be. Depending on the pollen density of your acre, we’ll adjust the amount of bees and farm nests to help with your pollination.

In your first year, try out half your total acreage and compare yields between the solitary bee pollinated and the wild pollinated.

Determine when you’ll need pollination.

Spring bees pollinate February through May and
Summer bees pollinate between June and August.
You will lease kits that are spring or summer.
Order each Farm kits in early winter and determine when bees should be shipped. For spring
bees, we’ll mail them to you a few weeks prior to your bloom and you’ll keep the cocoons in your cooler until needed for pollination. Our spring bees fly best between 53-80⁰F. We will mail out three sets of Summer bees, a month apart, to provide pollination for about 12-14 weeks. They will come mostly emerged from their cocoons and ready to fly. The leafcutter bees pollinate best in the lower 80’s through 110 degrees.
Set up kit. It takes about 10 minutes to pound in a few stakes and wire each farm nest. See our instructional videos and pictures for more information.
Set out bees. The spring bees are in cocoon form and the adult bees emerge with low 50’s
temperatures and warmer. If you do not plan to place your bees in the field immediately, keep
them in your refrigerator for a few days until the time is right. Each plastic tube of bees will be placed instead of the paper tubes. During the first week, about 6-8 of the paper tubes should be pulled from a farm nest in the center of an acre and replaced with our cocoon release tube. Depending on how many bees/acre you have will affect how many square cocoon release tubes you recieve. Simply remove the tape covering release holes on the side of the square tube and allow hatching bees to be escape. When the bees have emerged after a week, replace the square plastic tube with the paper tubes and fill in the nest completely.
Summer bees are ready to be released when they arrive. Detailed instructions are provided with
each shipment.
For spring or summer bees, place them out early in the morning. If it’s rainy, wait a day while
keeping the bees cool.
See increased produce yield. Research and field trials show that the native bees are great
pollinators due to how they carry their pollen loose on their abdomen and their tight flying radius
which has the correct pollen transferred to the right blossom. [read more]
An orchard and farm should find significantly more pollen transfer resulting in more whole-sided
apples, more cherries, beans, squash and seeds.
Bring in bees at end their activity. Box the entire Farm Nests up and send them back to Crown Bees.

Learn more.