Bee on Lavender feature

March 23, 2017

Allan Armitage: Plant Consumers Don’t Talk About Varieties; They Talk About Solutions

Allan Armitage says it's time to get in touch with our true audience and market plant solutions, not plant products.

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MSU Guide To Attracting Pollinators

March 9, 2017

New Guide on Bee-Friendly Plants Available From Horticultural Research Institute

The guide is designed to help grower-retailers educate and motivate their customers to purchase and plant pollinator-friendly materials.

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Bees on flowers

December 12, 2016

Pollinator Habitats Get The Spotlight In New, Multi-Million Dollar Investment

The five-year, $4 million commitment from Xerces Society, General Mills, and USDA will offer technical assistance to growers to plant and protect pollinator habitats.

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Caterpillar on leaf

October 15, 2016

Offer Your Customers Host Plants For Caterpillars And Butterflies

Just like bees need plants that provide pollen, butterflies rely on plants for a place to lay their eggs and to provide a food source for emerging caterpillars. Check out this list of plants for caterpillars and butterflies from Michigan State University Extension.

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Bees on flowers

October 13, 2016

45 Pollinator Friendly Perennials Sure To Attract Bees

Pollinator friendly perennials are the foundation of a well-rounded pollinator garden. Check out this list of 45 perennials that are sure to attract bees.

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Bees on flowers

October 11, 2016

Bees Endangered? Here’s The Rest Of The Story

Recently, mainstream media reported that certain bee species have been placed on the endangered species list, but the situation isn’t as dire as one might think.

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finneran bee on snakeroot

September 28, 2016

Which Annuals And Perennials Are Good For Pollinators?

If you are a grower looking for information on producing plants that are safe for pollinators, or which plant types can be marketed as good food sources for bees, the new publication “Protecting and Enhancing Pollinators in Urban Landscapes” provides a good resource.

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September 7, 2016

Check Out The Best Annuals For Attracting Bees And Butterflies

Public interest in protecting bees and other pollinators has initiated a new market for flowers that are good food plants for pollinators. Here's a list of annuals Michigan State University Extension recommends that are attractive to bees and other pollinators.

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Bees And Pesticides

August 23, 2016

Studies Offer Conflicting Views On Neonic Effect On Bee Health

How much exposure to neonicotinoids do bees need before their health becomes affected? That’s the question two research teams look to answer.

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Echinacea ‘Butterfly Rainbow Marcella’

August 12, 2016

IR-4 Project Receives Federal Funding For Pollinator And Downy Mildew Research

Grants from the Specialty Crop Research Initiative will fund IR-4 projects on protecting pollinators through ornamental horticulture, and downy mildew management strategies.

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MSU Guide To Attracting Pollinators

May 14, 2016

New Online Guide Offers Tips On Enhancing Pollinators In Urban Landscapes

The guide, produced by a team of researchers from Michigan State University and elsewhere, includes information on plants that attract pollinators and offer an ideal habitat.

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April 26, 2016

“Bee-Friendly” Labels Matter To Plant Consumers, According To Study

Research at Michigan State University shows ornamental plant buyers understand and respond to bee-friendly production practices.

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