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Azaleas & Mad Honey?

I want to start a hive, but my neighbor across the street has a big, beautiful Flame Azalea bush that blooms for 1-2 weeks every Spring.

I’ve been told that if bees pollinate an azalea, their honey will be toxic and since that bush is relatively close by, I’m concerned that my honey will not be edible.

Anyone with experience of keeping bees near azalea bushes?

One or two bushes with all the other stuff that will be blooming simultaneously probably won’t even register for the bees.

Certainly wouldn’t be toxic if you ate a normal amount even if there were a few more azaleas around.

If there are a large number of rhododendron and azaleas without anything else around then maybe you have something to worry about.

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