Bees and Japanese knotweed.

Thursday 8th September 2016

I suspect that I am the one of a very small group of people who both keep bees and specialise in the control and eradication of invasive plants. For most of the year, these different activities don’t meet, but when Japanese knotweed flowers, bees will work the flowers collecting the nectar and make honey from it. Fairly obviously as we only have a female clone of Japanese knotweed in the British Isles, and don’t have a male population, the flowers do not contain pollen. If anyone sees bees collecting pollen from Japanese knotweed, then the Environment Agency would want to know!

The year has been speeding by, every year is different and the same, it is always a mad rush at this time of year to get all the programmed treatments done in good time, before frosts end the spraying season (usually around the End of October to late November). This year has been different in that we had a very late start to the year, as the Japanese knotweed did not start growing until early to mid-May 2016, however this is no guide to when we can expect the first frosts this year.

My advice to anyone who has a Japanese knotweed and needs advice, a survey or a treatment plan in place, is to call or email us and we will do our best to ensure that you get the initial treatment in place as soon as possible.

With staff covering all of England & Wales, speak to the professional Japanese knotweed Company about your knotweed problems, contact us on 01327 703129 or 01962 886060 or email us on enquiries@jkweed.co.uk or sharon@jkweed.co.uk