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Pocket-Sized Bumblebee Hives Will Boost Pollination In Gardens, Greenhouses, Allotments & Polytunnels

Our wonderful little Natupol Seed Bumblebees hives are supplied individually or in trays of 6. Each pocket-sized hive contains 15 workers, five males and male brood which ensure your plants will receive effective pollination for 6-8 weeks.

The hives contain a native British species of Bumblebee, the Bombus terrestris audax.

The hives have been designed specifically to ensure pollination in smaller growing areas and are highly recommended for seed breeding pollination, and to pollinate flowers and crops in small greenhouses and polytunnels , such as those on allotments. Each hive can pollinate an area from 1-25 square metres.

How Do The Bees Work?

After introduction of the hive, the worker and male bumblebees start pollinating the flowers while at the same time collecting pollen to feed the brood. More workers emerge from the brood in the weeks after the introduction, increasing both colony size and pollination performance.

How Do I Set Up The Hives?

1. Place the Natupol Seeds hives in the areas you wish to pollinate plants.

To guarantee the best pollination results, start using the hives on receipt. The hives should not be stored but if necessary can be stored for a maximum of 1 day in conditions of 12-25°C, away from direct sunlight. 

2. Wait for at least 15 minutes after placing the hives down before opening them, this allows the Bumblebees time to settle.

Natupol seeds hives perform best at ambient temperatures between 12-30°C.

3. Enjoy enhanced pollination, crop and plant growth as the bees get to work!

Full instructions will be provided with the colony.

What Is The Life Cycle Of The Bumblebees?

After some weeks the colony will reach its maximum size and start declining in size and pollination activity. Colony development depends on environmental conditions and the amount and quality of pollen.

We recommend removal of hives 6-8 weeks after introduction.

Where Should I Place The Bees?

Natupol Seed hives are best suited for use in small growing areas. They can be used in greenhouses andpolytunnels.They can also be placed outside if shelter is provided for the hive to be shaded and protected from rainfall.

What Are The Dimensions Of The Bee Colonies?

Tray Dimensions:

W 28cm x D 29.5cm x H 14cm

Individual Natupol Seed Hive Dimensions:

W 8.5cm x D 8cm x H 13cm

How Do I Order?

These colonies are now available to order. Just click on your preferred delivery date and add it to your online basket. 

Bumblebee delivery dates are available between May - July 2024. Orders are delivered by the courier APC and there is a shipping charge of £10.75 per order

Full instructions will be provided with the colonies.

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