ALMOND TREES need cross-pollination, and honey bees help move pollen from tree to tree, setting the crop.
BEE HIVES leave almond orchards stronger than when they came in because almond pollen is very nutritious to bees and is their first natural food source of the year.
Colonies of bees are placed in Almond Orchards at the beginning of the bloom period to ensure pollination.
Between February and March each year, almond tree buds burst into light pink and white blooms in preparation for pollination. As the trees blossom, honey bees forage for pollen and nectar in the orchard. When the bees move from tree to tree, they pollinate almond blossoms along the way. Each fertilized flower will grow into an almond.
Cover crops planted in orchards provide bees with nutrients, allowing growers to boost their pollination potential.