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    Hello:

    In my homeland, 40 years ago, there wtere huge cotton plantations, there aren't any more for almost 25 years.

    I'd just had read about cotton honey and I think that could be interesting to produce some cotton honey. Does anyone knows how many kg of honey could be harvested from one cotton hectare?

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    Bloody hell...... now there's an excellent question Noe......

    I wouldn't know what weight would be harvested from a hectare of wild flower, let alone from cotton.

    But your mention of cotton honey is yet another type I hadn't thought of.....

    Is cotton even pollinated by insects ? Or is it wind or some other method ?

    I'm unlikely to know or even be able to know where too look as its too cool here for cotton (few places have managed tea and some of the slightly warmer grapes recently).

    Good luck on your mission to find out, it'll make interesting reading.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by fatbloke View Post
    Bloody hell...... now there's an excellent question Noe......

    I wouldn't know what weight would be harvested from a hectare of wild flower, let alone from cotton.

    But your mention of cotton honey is yet another type I hadn't thought of.....

    Is cotton even pollinated by insects ? Or is it wind or some other method ?

    I'm unlikely to know or even be able to know where too look as its too cool here for cotton (few places have managed tea and some of the slightly warmer grapes recently).

    Good luck on your mission to find out, it'll make interesting reading.....
    Fatbloke:

    I hope it woulndn't be necessary to seed one cotton hectare to find it out.

    Saludes,
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    Vinos de Miel

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    Flowers of many varieties are self-fertile and self-pollinating; however, some varieties respond well to cross-pollination. The pollen is not wind-borne, and insects are good pollinators. With some varieties, bee pollination increases seed set per boll. In practice, few, if any, growers manage bees for pollinating cotton. The crop is attractive to bees, and if insecticide pressure is low honey bees may store surplus cotton honey.

    Source: http://www.ent.uga.edu/bees/pollinat...llination.html

    And here is where some may be able to get their hands on some cotton honey:

    http://www.beefolks.com/shopdisplayp...t=Cotton+Honey

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    The problem for beekeepers who plant a crop to produce a honey is that the bees may not choose to harvest it. They are good capitalists and devote their energies to activities that yield the highest reward for them. If something they like better is blooming, they may totally ignore the cotton flowers. Where you live, many honey plants are available, so the odds that cotton would be the top attraction is probably not all that great.
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    I actually got some cotton honey this summer at a mead festival here in Texas. And it's very tasty.

    When I remember, I will put it's notes under the honey varietal thread (if I can find it again.) so that others know more about it.

    Of that, I don't know how much cotton is required to make the honey at all.

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