Being a novice beekeeper myself, with obviously a lot that I need to learn as amply demonstrated in my first thread, I’m not sure where I stand on this.
I spent a fair bit of energy and time researching and reading and thought I was prepared, but when I came to crunch time I flopped. In the process, I was let down by a series of beekeepers. (it’s a long story, but never mind)
I’m in no way trying to defend anyone that buys a Flow Hive assuming you just plonk it there and honey comes straight on your toast with zero effort… but ridiculing them is not necessarily fair.
In a way, they are victims of marketing. Watch the Flow videos and website… with little girls tasting honey off the hive. Although it is stated that you have to maintain a hive just like a standard one, it all looks glamorous and relatively easy to own a Flow hive. It’s the new toy every hippie should have.
I think the Flow hive is a blessing and curse. The Flow people seem reasonable and understandably they want to sell to maximise profits, and smart marketing is their tool.
I bought two Flow Hives, off people that fell for the marketing, but never even opened the box.