Our Busy Bees

The farm at Young’s Greenhouse is home to four honey bee hives and they are buzzing with activity. While these bees will not bother our patrons (they’re actually quite docile) they have a very important job to do. About a third of the food Americans eat is directly or indirectly derived from honeybee pollination. The bees on our farm are vital to pollinating our vast acres of plants, vegetables and fruit trees.

Not only do these bees help our vegetation flourish, they also help produce locally sourced honey and honey products. The honeybee is the only insect that produces food eaten by man. It takes about 556 worker bees and two million flowers to make one pound of honey. This honey sustains the hive during the winter. Luckily for us, these efficient little workers produce two to three times more honey than they need.

The hives are made up of three kinds of bees:

The Queen lays all of the eggs that will spawn the hive. Each hive typically has one queen. If the queen dies, workers will create a new queen by feeding one of the female larvae an exclusive diet of a food called “royal jelly.”

Worker Bees are the bees that you see flying about. These female bees are not sexually developed and are responsible for collecting the pollen and nectar which sustains the rest of the hive. They also build and protect the hive. On average, a worker bee in the summer lives six to eight weeks during which time they have an average honey production of 1/12 of a teaspoon. In their short lifetime, they fly the equivalent of one and a half times the circumference of the earth, so it’s not surprising their most common cause of death is wearing their wings out.

Drone Bees are the male honey bees. Several hundred live in the hive during spring and summer to mate with the queen. However, they are booted when the hive goes into survival mode during winter months.

 

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    Lynn Stoodley
    7/23/2017

    Mother's Day go-to stop!

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    Patty Hunt
    3/30/2017

    Great place, reasonable prices!!

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    Sandi Tardiff
    11/09/2018
  • Exceptional and prompt service today! Thank you so much!

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    Cortney Brunelle
    1/23/2020

    This is a beautiful place to shop for your favorite flowers, you are sure to find what you are... read more

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    Adrien Dumais
    5/14/2016

    A LOT OF HOSPITALITY!!!!!

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    Janet Blasioli Leger
    11/09/2020
  • Best prices in the area, great quality plants. Didn't see one brown leaf anywhere.

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    M
    3/30/2019

    Always a great selection, and reasonable prices. Worth the trip down You can't go wrong

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    Barbara Gifford
    5/19/2018

    Exceptional and prompt service today! Thank you so much!

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    Cortney Brunelle
    1/23/2020
  • Wife and I buy there they have great product and great staff.

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    Norm Letourneau
    7/30/2019

    Incredible selection, great prices, wonderful selection. Perennials, annuals, herbs, vegetables, shrubs, supplies, everything you could want. Paris is lucky to... read more

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    5/23/2019

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    Patricia Latham
    6/27/2018
  • their flowers are beautiful and their prices are great and they have a very informitable crew and very friendly

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    Laurie Knight
    7/16/2019

    Young's Greenhouse is Awesome! So much to choose from and the prices are great!

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    Denise Downs Donahue
    5/24/2015

    Go every time I need or want something. Friendly and very knowledgeable.

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    5/19/2017