How to Make a Bee Hotel

Bees improve pollination and boost the productivity of fruit and vegetable plants. Welcome bees to your yard by giving them a place to live.
Homemade Garden Bee Nest

Homemade Garden Bee Nest

Photo by: DK - How to Grow Practically Everything © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - How to Grow Practically Everything, 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

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Solitary bees are excellent pollinators, but they can struggle to find nesting sites. A home-made nest looks attractive and provides them with a home, as well as ensuring bumper harvests.

When to Start: Summer
At Its Best: Autumn to winter
Time to Complete: 30 minutes

Materials Needed:

  • clippers
  • bamboo canes
  • modeling clay
  • raffia or string
  • small terra-cotta or plastic pot

Cut Lengths of Bamboo

Use sharp clippers to cut short lengths of bamboo canes that will fit into your pot. The natural variation in diameter will attract different bee species.

Cutting Bamboo

Cutting Bamboo

Photo by: DK - How to Grow Practically Everything © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - How to Grow Practically Everything, 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Push Them Into a Pot

Fill the base of a terra-cotta pot with modeling clay and push the cut bamboo canes firmly into it. Continue doing this until the pot is packed tightly.

Cut Bamboo Canes in Pot

Cut Bamboo Canes in Pot

Photo by: DK - How to Grow Practically Everything © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - How to Grow Practically Everything, 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Hang Your Hotel

Tie raffia or string firmly around the pot and suspend it from a hook or attach it to a wall. Choose a sheltered, sunny site, and angle the open end of the pot downward so that the bamboo canes do not fill up with water when it rains.

There's Always Vacancy in Bee Hotel

There's Always Vacancy in Bee Hotel

Photo by: DK - How to Grow Practically Everything © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - How to Grow Practically Everything, 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Provide Flower Food

Bee Hive Close To Flowers

Bee Hive Close To Flowers

Photo by: DK - How to Grow Practically Everything © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - How to Grow Practically Everything, 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

To make life even better for your resident bees, position the nest close to nectar-rich flowers. They will then have only a short distance to travel for food, which will be a great help to them in spring.

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