Sunday, September 17, 2017

Selecting Plants for Pollinators

A Regional Guide for Farmers, Land Managers, and Gardeners

By adding plants to your landscape that provide food and shelter for pollinators throughout their active seasons and by adopting pollinator friendly landscape practices, you can make a difference to both the pollinators and the people that rely on them.

Why support pollinators?
Animal pollinators are needed for the reproduction of 90% of flowering plants and one third of human food crops. Each of us depends on these industrious pollinators to provide us with the wide range of foods we eat. In addition, pollinators are part of the intricate web that supports the biological diversity in natural ecosystems that helps sustain our quality of life.
Abundant and healthy populations of pollinators can improve fruit set and quality, and increase fruit size. In farming situations this increases production per acre. In the wild, biodiversity increases and wildlife food sources increase. 
Macadamia nuts, avocados, watermelon, guava, and coffee are some of the crops that rely on honey bees and native bees for pollination.

Here is the link to the PDF document that these excerpts were taken from.  It also has a fairly extensive list of plants that various pollinators prefer.

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