Don’t miss the Medicinal Plant Pollinators Infographic below the article!
According to the United States Department of Agriculture, more than 80% of the world’s flowering plants require a pollinator to reproduce, and many medicinal plants are flowering plants. The insects and animals you want around to help pollinate your herbs are bees, bats, butterflies, moths, flies, birds, beetles and ants.
The Herb Companion’s article, Attract Pollinators to your Garden, defines pollination as “the act of transferring pollen grains from the male anther of a flower to the female stigma of another flower. When this transfer is successful, fertilization occurs, which leads to seed development and fruit production, thus guaranteeing the plant’s continuing existence.” That same article goes into detail about how you can set up your herb garden to help support and conserve pollinators.
It is important that you don’t try to eradicate every insect or animal from your garden. Some of them, especially the pollinators, play an important part in how successful your garden will be. Of course, we need to stay on top of pests that can cause harm to our medicinal plants, but make sure you invite the bees and other pollinating insects into your garden.
Bees and bats in particular are at risk of becoming endangered. If you saw Bee Movie, you know that would be tragic! So invite these important pollinators into your garden, and certainly don’t shoo them away. Many herbalists actually keep their own bee hives so they have a steady supply of bees pollinating their herbs and so that they can use beeswax and honey to make their own herbal products.
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