Bees love luffas

NZ Lifestyle Block - - Notebook -

There have been un­ex­pected bonuses. His luffas brought cus­tomers and hon­ey­bees! Hon­ey­bees don’t work well un­der plas­tic, so it is usu­ally nec­es­sary to bring in bum­ble­bees to pol­li­nate crops.

“Hon­ey­bees can’t nav­i­gate in the green­house like bum­ble bees can. But luffa (or loofah) brought in hon­ey­bees ga­lore. No other crop has ever brought bees in like this.”

Even on an over­cast day, the small cur­cu­bit-type flow­ers are abuzz with honey bees, dart­ing around the long grooved luffas hang­ing from vines.

BELOW AND RIGHT: Bees don't nor­mally like be­ing in plas­tic houses, but the lure of luffa plants proves too en­tic­ing, re­sult­ing in amaz­ing yields for Shane.

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