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Toxic honey/ Mad Honey

 
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greengage
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 05, 2015 7:40 am    Post subject: Toxic honey/ Mad Honey Reply with quote

Anyone ever heard of Toxic honey, produced from Rhododendrons, I think its called Deli Bal, We have Rhododendrons growing nearby should i be concerned and how do other beekeepers deal with it.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 08, 2015 6:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Was someone pullin my leg telling me this or is it true and could it be a problem
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 08, 2015 7:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have heard it mentioned but not by anyone whom I felt was sufficiently well informed about beekeeping, to take note of. I think it may be one of those extreme occurrences that sticks in peoples minds and then gets propagated as the norm.

I did look it up once and came to the conclusion that the bees probably don't actively forage on rhododendron unless there is nothing else and in May and June, when they flower, there is almost always plenty of alternatives. I think perhaps for it to be a problem you would have to have a mono crop of honey from it, which is not really going to happen in a normal environment.

I am not speaking from any level of authority on the subject though.

Thinking about it, I have a friend who has been keeping bees for a lot longer than me and she has many rhododendrons in her garden and has never experienced any problems.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 08, 2015 3:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

great tks for reply.
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