Blueweed Seeds – Echium Vulgare – 10 Grams/0.35 Oz (Approx 2,600 Seeds) Pack
This plant is remarkable for its honey-bearing properties. Many beekeepers cultivate it in their reserve areas. Nectar production of its crops is high - 300 - 500 kg per hectare. During the mass flowering of the blueweed near the apiary, one family of bees a day collects up to 6 - 8 kg of nectar. Blossoms for a long time, about 2 months. If grasses are mowed in hay, then the blueweed soon grows again and blooms in late August, continuing to bloom until frost in October. This significantly improves the autumn build-up of bees. Droughts and dry winds reduce the release of nectar with a blueweed, but to a lesser extent than other melliferous plants. It is noticed that the nectar inside the flower of the blueweed is protected from evaporation in the heat and from washing out in rainy weather. That is why this plant during flowering is a stable source of nectar for bees. The breeding of the echium vulgare is facilitated by the fact that it is unpretentious to the soil and quite hardy with respect to droughts. This is due to the strong development of the root and the hairiness of the plant, which prevents evaporation of moisture leaves. The echium vulgare can be sown in abandoned barren places, not suitable for other uses, but no more than 0.5 km from the apiary, so as not to obstruct the bees by distant flights for nectar. The soil for sowing blueweed should be plowed. Seeds are mixed with soil or sand before sowing. Rare seed is considered better. The depth of seeding is no more than 1 cm, as otherwise the blueweed can not give the shoots. The best time for sowing is early spring. You can sow in the fall, but not earlier than before the very frosts, so that sprouts do not have time to appear, which in this case easily perish. The seed consumption is 3 - 4 kg per 1 ha.