Getting Involved with Feed a Bee

I helped #FeedABee campaign
When you help bees, be sure to share your photos and progress on your social channels using the hashtag #FeedABee. Also, consider registering your garden in a national effort to help pollinators.

Most experts agree that one of the major health factors facing honey bees is a lack of diverse forage areas. Whether you own acres of land that could be used to create cover crops for bee forage, or simply have one flower pot on your back deck to contribute, everyone can support pollinator health by growing more bee-attractant flowers.

Choosing Bee-attractant Plants
Some bee-attractant plants that can be grown in most areas of the United States include: Aster, Beardtongue (Pentstemon), Bells (Phacelia), Black-eyed Susan, Bluebeard (Caryopteris), Catmints, Coneflower, Gaillardia, Lamb’s Ear, Lavender, Oregano, Redbud (tree), Rosemary, Sage (such as Salvia), Sunflower, Thyme, Tickseed (Coreopsis), Toadflax (Linaria), Verbena and Yarrow. The Pollinator Partnership’s Bee Smart mobile app helps gardeners select the best native plants in their area to attract bees. 

The Pollinator Gardening section of our website includes helpful advice for planning a garden, starting a pollinator patch from seed, seasonal planting, and more.

Organizations interested in becoming involved in and partnering with the Feed a Bee Initiative should email proposals to feedabee@bayer.com.

Below are some frequently asked questions about Bayer Feed a Bee seed packets.

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

What’s in the seed packets?

The wildflower mix includes: Shasta Daisy, Lance-leaf Coreopsis, Plains Coreopsis, Wild Cosmos, Sulphur Cosmos, Purple Coneflower, Dwarf Sunflower Sunspot, Sweet Alyssum, Baby Blue Eyes, Lacy Phacelia, Yellow Prairie Coneflower, Mexican Hat, Black-eyed Susan, African Marigold, Crimson Clover, Zinnia, Bee Balm, California Poppy and Indian Blanket.

Will they grow in my area?

Seeds have been selected which can be grown in most areas of the United States. To see a list of wildflowers by USDA Hardiness Zones, go to WildFlowerInformation.org/ZoneListing. To locate your USDA Hardiness Zone, go to PlantHardiness.ARS.USDA.gov. For regional planting guides, download the Pollinator Partnership Bee Smart App or contact your local county extension service.

Are the seeds GMO-free and organic? 

The wildflower mix seeds are not genetically modified. For more information on GMO-related topics, visit www.GMOAnswers.com

When and where should the seeds be planted?

Plant seeds in the spring when the risk of frost has passed, or plant seeds in fall after the first hard frost. The Farmer’s Almanac has a frost date calculator - Almanac.com/Content/Frost-Chart-United-States. The seeds can be planted in a pot or directly into the ground, in an area that receives full sunlight. Each packet contains about 200 seeds, enough to cover 10 sq. ft.

Have the seeds been treated with neonicotinoids?

The wildflower mix seeds are not treated with neonicotinoids. Corn, canola and soybean seeds can be treated with neonicotinoids to provide protection against destructive pests.

Can people in Canada order seed packets?

The Feed a Bee program is currently running in the United States. Due to shipping and import regulations, it is not possible to ship wildflower seeds into Canada from the United States. As an alternative, we would recommend contacting Earth Rangers (www.EarthRangers.com), a Canadian conservation organization for kids. Their Bring Back the Wild program focuses on teaching children about biodiversity and may lend itself well to your initiative.

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