World Bee Day
The bee is threatened due to a decline in suitable habitat while bees play an important role in the pollination of flowers and plants. Bees and bumblebees pollinate about 75% of agricultural and horticultural crops and about 15% of wild plants every year. That is why Decorum celebrates World Bee Day on the 20st of May and we are happy to tell you how you can help the bees as well!
Bees are essential to our society. World food production depends on pollination; we need bees to produce about a third of the food. In addition, bees provide products such as honey, royal jelly, pollen, beeswax, propolis and honey bee poison. Some of these products are simply delicious while other products are used in healthcare and other sectors.
These small insects are not only important for humans but also for other animals. Bees act as indicators of the state of the environment. They are necessary for the maintenance of ecological balance and biodiversity because of their role in pollination and their presence, absence or quantity tells us when something is happening to the environment. By observing the health of bees, we can identify changes in the environment and take timely precautions.
Enough reasons to help the bees. That is why we have listed a couple of flowering plants with which you will make your garden or balcony more attractive to bees.
The Streptocarpus, or Cape Primrose, is an easy to care for evergreen plant which can flower all summer if you keep the root ball moist and fertilize it regularly. The plant can be placed both indoors and outdoors, but we recommend putting this plant outside in a warm and light place for the bees to enjoy. Growers of this product: Van den Berg De Lier, J & P. Ten Have & Hillplant.
The peony (Paeonia) is not only known as a flower, but also as a plant. It does well on the patio or balcony. More importantly, the peony is a perennial plant which means that it lives for more than two years and flowers every year if you plant it in the garden. A beautiful addition to your garden or balcony, for you and for the bees. Grower of this product: Borst Bloembollen.
The Adenium, also known as the desert rose, is half succulent and half oleander. As the name desert rose suggests, this plant is native to the desert. The plant therefore needs a lot of light and little water. If you take good care of the plant and give it enough light, it can flower twice a year. And who love flowers? Bees!
Do you want more tips to help the bees? Make sure that there are flowering plants in your garden or on your balcony, do not use any poison when taking care of the outdoor plants, get a bee hotel and do not clean up all the dead leaves, sticks and dirt! Growers of this product: Duijn-Hove & Richplant.