season, we carry "live" mason bees (well,
mason bee cocoons that you hatch). That season
is late winter, and the bees hatch and pollinate
your plants through spring. Throughout the
year, we carry mason bee boxes, tubes, books
and related accessories.
Compared to honey bees which get more press,
mason bees are unique and quite beneficial.
In general, honey bees (which are from Europe)
don't fly when it is raining or less than
50 degrees. Mason bees, which are native to
the Pacific NW, don't let a little weather
get in the way. Thus, they'll be out on cool,
damp spring days getting the job done.
Other interesting facts include (1) they are
a solitary bee (not hive forming), (2) they
rarely sting and do not possess the venom
of a honey bee, and (3) by using tubes it
is easy to share cocoons with friends and
your bees naturally. Plant a landscape that
helps them survive year round.
We carry a full line
of nectar and pollen plants, including aster
(Douglas aster*), echinacea (coneflower),
gaillardia (blanket flower*), hyssop, mimulus
(monkey flower*), monarda ("bee balm"), penstemon,
rudbeckia (black-eyed susan), salvia (hardy
sage), sidalcea (checkermallow*), solidago
(goldenrod*) and much, much more.
These plants not only support honey bees,
but they support our native bees, butterflies,
and other beneficial insects.
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no longer sell
but we sell plants to feed your bees.
When we started
carrying beekeeping supplies, there were
no other providers in Portland proper and
online shopping had not taken off. Our goal
was to help grow and empower the urban beekeeping
movement. Since then, a few stores have
opened that specialize in beekeeping, the
Portland Urban Beekeepers have formed, and
online shopping has become commonplace.
Thus, our job is done. Beekeeping is thriving
in Portland (thanks to the good work of
many people). Thus, we've stopped selling
beekeeping supplies but we do sell, and
continue to enhance, our selection of plants
to nourish bees - native and honey - throughout
Bee & Beekeeping Suppliers near Portland:
• Ruhl Bee Supply
(a division of Brushy Mountain), Wilsonville
• Bridgetown Bees,
• Glory Bee,
Eugene (in store or online)
• Mann Lake