Keys to success
Storing harvested and cleaned mason bee cocoons is easy when 2 facts are taken into consideration:
- Keep other animals from eating cocoons
- Store in a cold place with approx. 70% humidity for two months to ensure proper overwintering.
1. Storing cocoons outside works well when outside humidity is at least 60% and winter temperatures dip around or below freezing for about 2 months. The key to success is protection from other animals. Our Beediverse Hatching box is made from solid wood and keeps animals out. This method works well until temperatures go over 2-4C. Before temperatures go above this range, rotate lid of hatching box and bees can emerge as temperatures rise
2. Storing bees in a fridge at 2-4 C keeps bees hibernating until you want bees to start pollinating. Keeping humidity above 70% is the key to success. Our Beediverse Humidity cooler has a compartment for water and this makes it easy to keep humidity at the right level when storage is inside a fridge.
3. For temporary storage after candling, our candling dish is the tool to use. Dishes can be stacked until setting cocoons into a storage system.