Planting for Pollinators

 By: Jennifer LaMontagne – Horticulturist – Bloch’s Farm – Green Lake, WI

Most flowering plants need sun, fertile soil, water, and pollinators to reproduce.   In addition, the fruits and seeds consumed by people and animals depend on pollinators to transfer pollen from one flower to another.  Without cross-pollination, or moving pollen from one plant to another, many types of plants and trees will be unable to produce fruits and seeds.  

The nectar that plants produce attracts pollinators.  As the common Wisconsin insect pollinators such as bees, butterflies, moths, wasps, and flies travel from flower to flower, they gather nectar and transfer pollen.  Planting clumps of flowers that bloom in a variety of colors and shapes from spring to fall will provide food and nesting habitats for pollinators.  

Any plant that flowers is a food source, but native plants are ideal.  Here are a few plants, trees, and shrubs that can benefit pollinators throughout spring, summer, and fall:

Spring Blooms:  Geranium (Geranium sp.), Maple (Acer sp.) Eastern Redbud (Cercis Canadensis), Dogwood (Corylus sp.), Willow (Salix sp.), Cherry trees (Prunus sp.), Apple and Crabapple trees (Malus sp.), Tulip Tree (Liriodendron tulipifera), Linden tree (Tilia sp.).

Spring to Summer Blooms:  Blue False Indigo (Baptisa sp.), Bee Balm (Monarda sp.), Beardtongue (Penstemon sp.), Lupine (Lupinus sp.)

Summer Blooms: Tickseed (Coreopsis sp.), Butterfly Milkweed (Asclepias tuberosa), Pagoda Dogwood (Cornus alternifolia), Sumac (Rhus sp.), Japanese Lilac Tree (Syringa reticulata), Seven-son flower (Heptacodium miconioides

Summer to Fall Blooms: Black Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia sp.), Coneflower (Echinacea sp.), Joe Pye Weed (Eupatorium sp.)

Stop in today to get your pollinator plants!  Bloch’s Farm has many tree, shrub, and plant varieties available!  Call 920-294-6000 or e-mail jlamontagne@blochsfarm.com with any questions. Visit our website online at www.blochsfarm.com and our Facebook page.  Don’t miss out on this weekend’s sale! July 10th – 12th 50% off select garden décor!

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