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 Teasel stems for mason bees 
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Post Teasel stems for mason bees
Is anyone interested in teasel stems for mason bees? I have a bunch of teasel growing in my backyard and I always cut some for mason bee tubes, but I have WAY more than I need. Does anyone want some? It is a bit of work to gather it so I wouldn't mind trading for something I could use, such as berry plants, large plastic pots, some tasty fruit, or ??? I could bring it to the All About Fruit show in the fall. It will look something like this:
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When cut & bundled they look something like this:
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When the bees have filled them, they look like this:
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(the ones that are in backward are what I used to hold the cleaned cocoons)

The mason bees like a certain size of stem but other bees will use some of the larger & smaller ones.

Let me know if you are interested in these, otherwise I will just let them rot.


Mon Jun 03, 2013 7:03 pm
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Post Re: Teasel stems for mason bees
I'd like some, even better with a couple with bees in them.

I should have some of my favorite black currants or perhaps a rooted morus nigra cultivar mulberry to trade.


Mon Jun 17, 2013 9:52 am
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Post Re: Teasel stems for mason bees
OK I will cut them once they finish blooming, which will be in 3 weeks or so.


Mon Jun 17, 2013 1:35 pm
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Post Re: Teasel stems for mason bees
Teasel is great for making mason bee homes.

I am just reluctant to trade because it's kind of a bonding experience to find the teasel and make the bee homes with my kids.
John S
PDX OR


Fri Jun 21, 2013 9:11 pm
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Post Re: Teasel stems for mason bees
John S wrote:
Teasel is great for making mason bee homes.

I am just reluctant to trade because it's kind of a bonding experience to find the teasel and make the bee homes with my kids.
John S
PDX OR

Yes that is a great bonding experience!


Fri Jun 21, 2013 10:22 pm
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Post Re: Teasel stems for mason bees
I was out in my "teasel forest" tonight and it looks like I have probably 200 plants. Each plant has 3-5 usable stems. So somewhere between 600 and 1000 stems in total. I'll be cutting them all down in mid-July.


Tue Jul 02, 2013 10:28 pm
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My 2013 teasel harvest:

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Wed Sep 18, 2013 11:51 pm
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These kind of plant stems are actually what the owner of Crown bees most recommends for people trying to increase their mason or other solitary bee population.
John s
PDX OR


Thu Sep 19, 2013 12:13 pm
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Yes they certainly work well for me. They are kind of a pain to bundle though since they are different lengths and also slightly tapered.


Thu Sep 19, 2013 5:56 pm
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Post Re: Teasel stems for mason bees
I finished cutting them up, I have 7 garbage bags of stems. I plan to give some out at work, but I haven't figured out what to do with the rest. Any ideas? My main goal is to use them to help out native bees in this area (Cascadia).


Wed Oct 02, 2013 9:55 pm
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You could take them to the ALL about fruit show.
JOhn S
PDX OR


Wed Oct 02, 2013 10:39 pm
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Post Re: Teasel stems for mason bees
John S wrote:
You could take them to the ALL about fruit show.
JOhn S
PDX OR

But doesn't the HOS sell the paper tubes there? I don't want to damage their sales.


Thu Oct 03, 2013 8:33 am
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