facts about bees, is that they need nectar and pollen as food for their young
and themselves and therefore are solely dependant on plant products. Their
carbohydrate requirements are derived from the sugars in nectar and honeydew,
whereas the pollen provides protein, minerals, vitamins and fats.
The fynbos is not rich in nectar, apart from the protea and erica families.
Home gardeners can greatly improve the situation by planting more nectar rich
plants to help feed our bee colonies in the south– western Cape.
Protea repens (Sugarbush) and Protea nitida (Waboom) are the better
producers of nectar.
Erica cerinthoides, Erica mammosa, Erica versicolor and Erica bauera are
reccommended, producing nectar mainly from December to May. Erica honey has a
beautiful reddish–amber colour.
Aloes are very important pollen producers. Aloe ferrox and Aloe
arborescens grow well in the south–western Cape. These are very important
winter flowering plants.
Vygies are good producers of nectar. The following families are native to the
south–western Cape; Carpobrotus, Drosanthenum and Lampranthus
they produce dazzling colours mainly in the spring.