Beeline bb (Bombus terrestris)
Type:Bumblebee, used for pollination of protected crops. Available either as a pollination service or individual hives.
How they work:Hive matched to the crop area and type of crop. Used to improve pollination on a range of crops including tomato, pepper, aubergine, strawberry, raspberry, berried ornamentals, seed production.
When to use:Introduce when pollination is required. Freeze dried pollen may be used if there should be insufficient flowers or pollen for the bees. A door lock system may be closed at night when the bees have returned to the hive to keep them in - this may allow for some crop protection measures to take place with the bees out of the crop.
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Rates of use:The rate of introduction is matched to flower numbers. The type of hive is matched to the type of flower - availability of nectar etc.
The pollination service and or hives are subject to licence conditions and are for use only in commercial glasshouses or polytunnels.