The Story of Pollination
Let’s talk about the birds + the bees…or, just the bees!
Bees – well, all pollinators really – get their food from (nectar) from flowers + plants.
Did you know over 80% of all flowering plants depend on animal pollinators?
Let’s grow more plants and help the environment with our pollinator boxes and bee farm products.
Hero of our story.
Creator of Pollen Parts.
Producer of pollen.
Valiantly surrounds the female pistel.
Receiver + mover of pollen.
Stands tall in the center of flowers.
Best attribute: Life-force of nature.
Worst attribute: Sneeze Instigator.
Holds the nectar of course.
Food source for the bees.
Sits at the base of a flower.
Bee Meets Flower
Bees are hungry! They go hunting around your flowers looking for food.
Flower Feeds Bee
The nectary in a flower is – you guessed it! – where all the nectar (bee food) is stored. Bees have to dig in the base of your flowers to get to the Nectary.
Bee Gathers Pollen
On the way to the Nectary, they pass the male part of the flower called the Stamen, it’s the part that produces the Pollen. When the bees pass this male part, the Pollen ‘accidentally’ rubs off and sticks to their little bodies. Basically, the Pollen catches a ride on the Bees.
Bee Delivers Pollen
When the Bees go to the next flower, they visit a part of the flower called the Pistel. This is the female organ, and it’s the part of the flower that receives the Pollen. This step is essential to beginning the process of fertilization.
The Love S-P-R-E-A-D-S
One flower isn’t enough! The Bees keep flying around, eating more of the Nectar and getting more of the Pollen on them so it’s constantly being collected and re-distributed around your flowers and plants.
Don’t you love the harmonious way nature works?
Different Ways To Pollinate
Let’s compare some of the different ways pollination can happen.
Self Pollination: The Pollen is moved around in the same flower
Cross Pollination: The Pollen is moved from one flower to another. Cross-pollinated flowers are healthier and stronger then self pollinated flowers.
Wind: Wind can carry pollen to your flowers too, but for that to work well the flowers have to have taller pistils, and not all flowers do.
Pollinators: Bees just give these flowers more personal attention and do a more thorough job. Go bees!
Why are leafcutters the best pollinator choice? They are safe, easy, and particularly great at pollinating because they have dry fuzzy bellies so the pollen rubs off onto the flower easily, which is why we use them in our pollinator boxes. Honey bees have sticky bellies and keep more of the pollen to themselves (sorry, honey bees!).