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southbee

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Southland
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Hi Southbee - I have never seen crimson clover. Last season there was a lot of red clover grown around here. Red clover has a more tubular shaped flower to that of white, and around here the bumble bee with a longer proboscis is the primary pollinator. However if there is a heavy nectar and pollen flow the honey bee will work it, and when I have seen this happen it has been in drought conditions.
I haven't either :) The pic I posted was definitely red clover. The bees are happy there, but like I said I suspect they mainly got their nectar from the lotus growing amongst it. Apparently crimson clover nectars very well and it's accessible to honey bees, so would love to see it around here! Funny thing was, that the farmer hadn't sown any extra clover, white, red or crimson. It all just came up and he's very happy and blamed it on the bees.
 
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Semi Commercial
I haven't either :) The pic I posted was definitely red clover.
Sorry, I have misinpreted your comment. I thought you were commenting on James' pretty photo.

It would be interesting to see what the honey from crimson clover was like. Apparently in Europe it is a major nitrogen fixer. Maybe with increased world prices of fertilisers due to freight and shortages, whether farmers here will start growing it more.
 

southbee

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270
235
Southland
Experience
Commercial
It says in 'Nectar and Pollen Sources of New Zealand' that the honey of crimson clover is no different to that of other clover, but available earlier as it flowers in October. And I'm pretty sure that all clovers are nitrogen fixers, they are all the same family, but I'm not an expert on that. I'll ask some of our farmers why they don't grow it....
 
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Max

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Christchurch
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Beginner
It says in 'Nectar and Pollen Sources of New Zealand' that the honey of crimson clover is no different to that of other clover, but available earlier as it flowers in October. And I'm pretty sure that all clovers are nitrogen fixers, they are all the same family, but I'm not an expert on that. I'll ask some of our farmers why they don't grow it....
Crimson clover is grown by some farmers but unlike red or white clover it is an annual which limits its usefulness in New Zealand where we like having perennial crops.
 


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