When to put out blue orchard bee cocoons for ideal pollination?
I'm not sure when exactly to put out the mason bees cocoons to best pollinate the orchard.
Where I live it's often too cool or windy/rainy the week fruit trees start blooming and pollination with honeybees is hit or miss. Light overnight frost is possible but there isn't much that can be done with that with 50+ trees.
I just picked up some cocoons and houses to help the honeybees out on their days off and would hate to have them hatch weeks prior to the fruit blossoms, and disappear or be in a slow down cycle busy building nests or what not.
And around here there isn't much else blooming within the short proximity to nests. I wouldn't want them to starve. Basically fields of grass and nothing else prior to fruit.
Any idea when best to put them out? Thanks!