June 20 - 26 is National Pollinators Week!

Save the Pollinators!

 

You can make your corner of the world a better place by saving the pollinators.  One of every 3 bites of food you eat comes from plants that are pollinated!   June 20-26, 2016 was designated as National Pollinators Week by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of the Interior.

 

What is Pollination?

The transfer of pollen from the male part of one flower to the female part of the same species is pollination.  This process makes seeds and fruits possible. About 75% of all flowering plant species need help to move their heavy pollen from one plant to another for fertilization.

 

Who are the Pollinators?

About 200,000 species of insects like honeybees, bumblebees, butterflies, beetles, wasps, flies, moths and ants are the most well known pollen carriers. About 1,000 of all pollinators are vertebrates: birds, bats and small mammals. Wind moves pollen from one flower to the next.  

 

Why is Pollination Important?

Pollination ensures fall harvests of crops and contributes to healthy plants everywhere.  In the U.S. pollination produces near $20 billion worth of products each year.  

 

What can YOU do?

  1. Choose plants that provide pollen, nectar and floral oils.   Zergott Garden Center carries a complete line of plants for bees and butterflies: Acer saccharum (Sugar Maple), Amelanchier (Shadblow), Asclepias Milkweed, Aster, Azalea, Cercis canadensis (Redbud),  Chelone (Turtlehead), Coreopsis (Tickseed), Cornus (Dogwood), Echinacea (Coneflower), Cranesbill Geranium, Helenium (Sneezeweed), Heliopsis (Oxeye Daisy), Honeysuckle (Lonicera), Iris, Lobelia (Cardinal Flower), Lupinus (Lupine), Monarda (Bee Balm), Oneothera (Primrose),  Penstemon (Beardtongue), Phlox, Rudbeckia (Black-eyed Susan), Salix ( Pussy Willow), Spirea, Tradescantia (Spiderwort),Vaccinium and Veronia (Ironweed).  This is only a partial list, just to whet your appetite.

  2. Group sun-loving plants together; pollinators will use less energy to search for them.

  3. Provide nesting places for pollinators.

  4. Protect pollinators by being conscientious with chemicals, avoiding using them during daytime hours.   

 

Come to Zergott Garden Center to stock up on native plants today!

 

To learn more about it:

www.go.usa.edu/gardensandbees

www.greatpollinatorproject.org/management/nesting-habitat

www.xerces.org/enhancing-habitat-for-native-bees/

Posted on June 20, 2016 .