What do Honeybees Mean to Apple
In the springtime you can drive
past apple orchards and see row after row of apple trees, their spreading limbs showing apple blossoms. In the fall
those same trees are filled with apples. In the winter, the spreading limbs of the apple trees spread wide and go
into hibernation until spring time.
Those same apple trees must have
the honeybees around to keep producing delicious apples year after year. The reality is that there is a lot more to
owning an apple orchard then picking apples and pulling in money. The apple trees need honeybees to pollinate the
trees to help apple's grow. Thenon-apple grower thinks that owning an apple orchard won't be much work, in reality it is a great
deal of backbreaking labor that goes into maintaining the apple orchard. The trees have to be pruned yearly and the trees have to
be sprayed to protect them from being overtaken by insects. In addition to caring for the trees there is a lot of
general maintenance chores that have to be taken care of for the trees. There is also the task of removing old
unproductive trees by replacing them with younger trees.
If you are considering starting
an apple orchard you must determine the size and layout of the orchard. According to the experts an apple orchard
needs to be at least 10 acres large in order to break even in regards to costs. That's just breaking even without
any potential profit. In business theory a larger orchard means a larger profit margin for the apple orchard owner,
but a larger orchard also means that the owner will have to buy more insecticide, replace more apple trees, hire
additional laborers, and spend more money on the equipment needed to maintain the apple orchard and harvest the
In order for the apple trees to
produce fruit the apple blossoms have to be pollinated. Although, wind can help pollinate the apple blossoms,
having honeybees are better and produce healthier apples. So if you own a small or large apple orchard you should
consider adding raising honeybees on the property as well, so that you know that the trees will receive the
pollination that is needed.
Experienced apple orchard owners
know that to ensure they get a profitable harvest they need to work with local beekeepers. Most apple orchard
owners lease beehives from beekeepers. The beehive owners set up the beehives in the apple orchards. This allows
for pollination of the apple trees. Just a reminder, that the pollination by honeybees are not isolated only to
apple orchards but for everything that blooms. All plants need honeybees to consistently produce healthy growths
year after year.