Honey bee seeds

Honey Bee Blends

Whether you’re a hobbyist with a couple hives or a professional beekeeper, our honey bee pasture blends will increase honey production, promote healthy colonies and enlarge your bee populations.

Our honey bee pasture blends can also be used as a cover crop and green manure thanks to their high percentage of legumes. Legumes are known for their ability to “fix” nitrogen from the air and store it in their tissues. Once these legumes are tilled into the soil they become an excellent source of natural fertilizer.

Honey Bee Wildflower Seed Mix

Pollinators are declining at an alarming rate. It’s time to do something about it and here’s your chance. We’ve formulated this mix specifically for attracting Honey Bees to the garden. This blend of 19 different wildflowers is sure to attract the pollinators. This mix includes 11 annuals for quick color and feeding within 6 weeks after planting. With 8 perennials we’ve ensured that color will continue for years to come.

USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

  • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
  • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

Find Your Planting Zone:

Help address the honey bee crisis with this mixture of 19 wildflowers. The 11 annuals for first-year color, plus 8 perennials for second and successive years’ bloom will help support stressed hives.
Wildflowers include:
Chrysanthemum maximum (Shasta Daisy), Coreopsis lanceolata (Lance Leaf Coreopsis), Coreopsis tinctoria (Plains Coreopsis), Cosmos bipinnatus (Wild Cosmos), Cosmos sulphureus (Sulphur Cosmos), Echinacea purpurea (Coneflower), Helianthus annuus (Wild Annual Sunflower), Helianthus annuus (Dwarf Sunspot), Lobularia maritima (Sweet Alyssum), Nemophila menziesii (Baby Eyes), Phacelia tanacetifolia (Lacy Phacelia), Ratibida columnaris (Prairie Coneflower), Ratibida columnaris (Mexican Hat), Rudbeckia hirta (Black Eyed Susan), Tagetes erecta (African Marigold), Trifolium fragiferum (Strawberry Clover), Trifolium incarnatum (Crimson Clover), Trifolium repens (Dutch Clover), and Zinnia elegans (Zinnia).

Honey Bee Flower Mix

Honey Bee Flower Mix is a mixture of annual and perennial flowers that provide nectar and pollen to honey bees. These flowers are proven favorites of honey bees in our gardens and will provide bee forage all season long. It is ideal for honey beekeepers and others interested in honey bee health. This mix can be used in garden beds, borders, and other maintained areas. It is widely adapted to all areas of the United State and southern Canada.

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The annuals in the mix are prolific seed producers and will re-seed themselves year after year. The perennials bloom all summer long and will return from the root stock. The success of returning plants will depend on a number of environmental factors and how you care for your stand.

Seeding rate and coverage: Our wildflower seeds will cover approximately 8,000 square feet. For higher plant density you may adjust the seeding rate to as much as 1 pound per 2,000 square feet. In large, open “naturalized” areas a seeding rate of 1 pound per 8,000 square feet will produce a plant density that you can walk through the stand without becoming tangled. Most customers who plant smaller manicured flower beds or planter boxes and desire high plant density use a higher seeding rate.

Seed Coating: Our wildflower seed mixes are coated with Pinnacle seed coating from Summit Seed Coating. Pinnacle is a highly respected product in the seed industry and is proven to increase germination and establishment rates by up to 50%. In our trial plots coated seed outperformed raw seed by a landslide, resulting in faster establishment, higher plant density and healthier plants. And, you save money! Because germination rates are increased you can plant fewer pounds of seed per square foot.

Pinnacle seed coating is applied in a multitude of colors, so don’t be alarmed when your seed arrives and it is pink or green or yellow! Each regional mix is coated in a unique color. It is natural for a small amount of the seed coating to “sluff off” during transport, so you may find a small amount has settled in the bottom of the packaging. The coating is not harmful.

Great Basin Seed flower mixes are packaged in our durable, attractive cotton old fashioned flower seed bags. Detailed site preparation and sowing instructions are included with the packaging.

Many thanks to J.S. from Colorado. They shared this photo of Great Basin Seed Honey Bee Wildflower Mix.

Tip #1 : Gentle Water

To prevent seeds from being dislodged or washed out, begin establishment by watering with a rain can or some other form of gentle application. Avoid watering directly with a garden hose. For large areas, gentle sprinkler application is acceptable.

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Tip #2 : Maintain soil integrity

Continue gentle water application after plant emergence. Tender seedlings are susceptible to soil disturbance, and roots can be easily broken-off or dislodged.

Tip #3 : Attentive water schedule

Water once a day for at least four weeks. Wet or humid climates may require less. Arid climates may require twice daily. Once establishment has begun and plants are 3-4 inches tall, slowly transition from high-frequency low-duration watering to low-frequency high-duration watering.

Benefits of Coated Wildflower Seeds

Great Basin Seed wildflower mixes are coated for a number of sowing and establishment enhancements:

Seeds Wont Blow Away

Nature has designed many wildflower seeds to cary on the wind. Coated seed stays where you put it.

You Can See Where You’ve Sown

Wildflower seeds are earth-tones and raw seed is difficult to see. Bright colored coated seed means you can see where seed is sown.

Deters Birds and Rodents

Seed coating makes seed unrecognizable to rodents and birds and coating deters them from eating it.

Improved Seed Distribution

Brightly colored coated seeds aids in even seed distribution, and even allows you to sow heavy in some spots, lighter in others.

Germination & Establishment

Coating holds water and protects tender seedlings during germination, enhancing establishment and stand density.

Reduced Seeding Rate & Savings!

Increased germination rates mean fewer seed can be sown. Higher plant density is achieved with coated seed.

Benefits of seed coating are well documented, and it saves you $$$

Seed coatings offer a number of significant benefits over raw seed. These benefits are evident in the application of seed (sowing) and in the development of the seed once it is planted. Other sectors of the seed industry have been applying coating to seeds for decades with great results. The benefits are well documented.

Beat the Wind: Mother nature has created brilliant and intriguing methods of disbursing seed. Many wildflowers have plumes or hairs that catch wind and spread them, sometimes miles away. This is a great attribute for the survival of a species. It’s not so great if you want your flower seeds to stay in place! Seed coating flattens the plumes and hairs and helps seed stay in place. Additionally, the coating makes the seed heavier so it resists movement and “sets” more firmly in the soil surface. These characteristics all enhance germination and result in more plants per square foot – and healthier plants, too!

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See where you’ve sown: Raw (raw = not coated) wildflower seeds are earth tone colors. Some wildflower seeds are the same size as a grain of sand, making them even more difficult to see. When they are spread on the ground they are nearly invisible. A consequence of that is that wildflower mixes are frequently either over-seeded (too much seed) or under-seeded (not enough seed) or are sown in mosaics and patches. Our wildflower mixes are coated with bright colors that contrast with the ground so you can see exactly where you’ve spread seed and can adjust density to your liking. The result is an even stand of wildflowers, and you don’t waste seed!

Deter Birds and Rodents: Seeds are the primary food source for most birds and rodents. They can carry away a considerable percentage of your seeds, leaving you a thinned-out, weak stand of flowers. Coating can deter birds and rodents from eating your seeds in two ways; the seed is camouflaged under the seed coating and it no longer looks like a seed, and it resembles a dirt clod.

Better Germination and Establishment: Seed coating improves the viability, vigor and longevity of seedlings and plants. Because coating sets the seed firmly in the soil, roots achieve faster and more stable contact with the earth. This allows the plants to rapidly draw nutrients from outside the seed. Coating absorbs and holds moisture, reducing the chance they dry out during emergence. When plants start strong, they stay strong, and the longevity and quality of your flowers are improved once the plants are grown.

SAVE MONEY!: Sometimes less is more, and when you coat seed less is definitely more. Because of the attributes mentioned above you get higher stand density (more plants per square feet) with less seed because more seeds germinate and emerge into healthy plants. With coated alfalfa, for example, most farmers achieve the same stand density with 10-12 pounds of coated seed that they achieve with 18-20 pounds of raw seed. In our trials, we achieved 50% more stand density with coated wildflower seeds than with raw seed. This means that you can cover the same area with half as much seed, saving you considerable money!