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Create a bee-friendly garden with Addenda®

Why?
Bees have become an endangered species. They are dying in masses all over the world, implying a serious threat to our food chain. The main cause of this is a shortage of nutrients, because bees are entirely dependent on nutrients produced by flowers, such as nectar and pollen.

 

Let’s first go back to the essence: why are bees so important?
Pollinators such as bees, butterflies and bumblebees are very important for both society and nature. 80% percent of the plants on earth are dependent on bees. Bees enable plants to reproduce by pollinating them. They are also essential for pollinating our horticultural and agricultural crops. Without bees, we would be unable to eat things like nuts, fruit, vegetables and chocolate.

Create a bee-friendly garden

Bee-friendly gardens are full of nectar plants to help butterflies, bees and other beneficial insects. Fortunately such ‘melliferous plants’ or ‘honey plants’ have beautiful, colourful flowers, making them very attractive for use in gardens. Would you like to know what else you could do to help the bees? We’d like to explain it to you!

  1. Create room for lavishly flowering borders in your garden! Flowering plants such as Campanula produce pollen and nectar – nutrients for all bees. A wide diversity of plants rich in nectar (melliferous plants) in your garden will increase the bees’ chances of survival.
  2. Choose melliferous plants that flower for a long time! Bees need flowering plants in the vicinity of their hives from early spring into autumn. So plant melliferous plants with a long flowering period or combine early-flowering plants with late-flowering ones.
  3. Ensure potential nesting areas for insects such as bees in your garden, for example by installing an insect hotel or by postponing pruning until spring. Some insects overwinter in the stems of plants after they have flowered.
  4. Don’t use chemical control products! If you want to control pests or diseases in your garden use environmentally friendly products instead of pesticides.


Campanula as a source of nutrients
In principle, all flowering plants attract insects. The flowers are intended to lure the insects to the plants. Nevertheless, some flowering plants are better sources of nutrients than others. This depends on their nectar and pollen value, which is ranked on a scale from 0 to 5. The general rule is: the higher the nectar value, the more attractive the plant will be for visitors. The Campanula varieties sold by Addenda® (portenschlagiana & poscharskyana) were awarded a score of 3 in various tests. These tests focus on above-average common melliferous plants.

What is Addenda® doing?
With our consumer philosophy being ‘Enjoy your garden’, our growers are of course concerned about sustainability and the associated crop protection and biodiversity. We use our own system to control the entire chain – from genetics through to end products. We work closely together with our chain partners and our supplier, and make efforts to realise sustainable improvements together with them. On top of this, all our growers throughout the entire chain make no use whatsoever of neonicotinoids. Multiple independent residue analyses are carried out to guarantee this. In other words, Addenda® always gives priority to the greenest products available and we only use chemicals to meet specific crop requirements.