Flower Plantings Can Increase Yields of Pollination-Dependent Crops

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Squash Crop

Agricultural land has been expanding and intensifying in many regions of the world to meet growing demands for food. This trend has resulted in reduced biodiversity and pollination services from honey bees, wild bees and other pollinators.  Research from the past decade underscores the value of pollinator diversity and abundance for crop pollination worldwide. Restored […]

Using Open-Pollinated Flower Seeds for Pollinator Conservation

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Yellow Lupine (Lupinus densiflorus aureus)

Here at Applewood Seed Company we specialize in small to largescale production of open-pollinated flower seeds, which include wildflowers, heirloom garden flowers and newer flower varieties. Most of these flowers need insect pollinators for successful seed production. We are a strong advocate of pollinator conservation and are actively involved in research, education, and policy-making for pollinator issues. Here […]

Variety Improvement Process of Open Pollinated Flowers

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China Aster

As Applewood specializes in open-pollinated flower varieties, it is important for us to help maintain distinctive traits that can get lost through the repetition of crop seed production over many years. We routinely hand-select and hand-pollinate flower varieties in our isolation tents every season to help maintain variety purity. This is an additional quality assurance […]

3 Ways to Feed Honey Bees and Help Keep Them Healthy

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Applewood Seed Company, located in Arvada, Colorado, was established in 1965 and specializes in small to large-scale production of open-pollinated flower seeds. We pride ourselves in our commitment to supplying high quality seed by maintaining diligent standards in field production methods, seed testing, and our research trials. Our research includes flower types and mixes specifically […]