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Bee a Pollinator!

What to do with pollinator seeds?

Pollinator seeds (like the ones some received from the zoo today) are perineal wildflower seeds. The best way to plant these are by first clearing the area of growth, tilling up the soil, tossing the seeds in the cleared area, and then firmly press the area. Do not fully burry the seeds, just compress the seeds into the soil. Soon your pollinator plants will be sprouting and attracting all kinds of pollinators!

What is a pollinator?

Pollinators visit flowers to drink nectar or feed off pollen and transport pollen grains as they move from spot to spot. Birds, bats, butterflies, moths, flies, beetles, wasps, small mammals, and most importantly, bees are pollinators.

Why are pollinators important?

Most flowering plants on the earth need help with pollination. Pollinators assist with pollination by going from one flower to another and carrying pollen to fertilize new plants. Pollinators not only help produce much of the food we eat, but they also

 

What plants are best for pollinators?

Native plant are the best options to build your pollinator garden! Choosing flowering annuals that are native to your region will be best for attracting pollinators of all shapes and sizes. Our favorites are butterfly weed, coneflower, daylilies, lantanas, and zinnias!

What should your pollinator garden consist of?

Your pollinator garden should have different elements to cater to all the needs of the ecosystem. First your garden needs adult food consisting of a diverse selection of native plants that will offer lots of pollen and nectar and allow for easy foraging by the pollinators. You also need baby food which are plants that are appropriate for butterfly and moth larvae. A water source, such as muddy spots or small dishes of water, also needs to be in the garden. The habitat itself needs to have nesting materials and protective options, such as hollow stemmed plants, decaying wood, leaves, grass, and bare soil. These all serve as a home for pollinators throughout their life cycles. Lastly, avoid using pesticides or harmful materials in your pollinator garden. By following these steps, you can help develop your own successful pollinator gardens!

Posted by Jessica Faulk at 9:00 AM