Flowers and bees, they belong together. The flowers need pollinators and the bees like to fulfil that role, because they are looking for pollen and nectar to live on. The beautiful red berries that you see in our Skimmias in the autumn would not have been there without the work of a lot of busy bees. But how exactly does that work?
A growth process of more than 3 years
The Besskimmia's start with us as a small spot and then take more than 3 years to get those beautiful red berries that everyone loves so much. In that time we take care of them with our craftsmanship, our love and our green fingers. And while we're proud to do everything ourselves here, in the months of March and April of the second year we happily leave the care to thousands of bees.
What about the flowers and the bees again?
The plant kingdom is also divided into men and women. The female Skimmias get beautiful red berries, but they need the male plants for that. Well, their pollen then. And that's where the bees come in. They bring the pollen from the male to the female plants. They do it unintentionally. When they sit on the flowers of the male Skimma to collect pollen, it sticks to their paws and body. If they then fly to a female Skimmia, the male pollen ends up on the flowers of the female plant.
The flowering Besskimmia's are very popular, especially around the holidays. And because we need the bees for those beautiful red berries, we are very happy that in the spring we can place about 4 or 5 hives on our nursery. The beekeeper is in turn happy that his bees can get plenty of pollen and nectar from us. So win-win. Or 3 times win actually, because the bees are also happy. That's how we make the world greener with each other. Or rather redr in this particular case.