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Bee-friendly spring pot display

Overview

Most queen bumblebees hibernate in autumn, building up fat reserves to survive winter without food. In spring, they are hungry, urgently needing life-giving nectar. To help them along, pot up some early-flowering plants to help them replace lost energy before they fly off in search of a nesting site.


Plant it: September
At its best: March
Takes just: half an hour

How to do it:

Plant a bee pot

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Add crocks to the base of the pot, then fill two-thirds with compost. Place the hellebores and primroses in position.


Plant a bee pot

FIll compost in around the plants' roots, up to the rim of the pot, and firm gently. Plant the bulbs and corms in the gaps.

Plant a bee pot

Water plants thoroughly and allow to drain. Move the pot to a sunny, sheltered position, to encourage early flowering.


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