I have yet to start my Flow hives here in Northwest Florida choosing instead to start 2 traditional Langstroth hives as part of my learning curve. But many of the old-time beekeepers in our local association are looking forward to my starting because they all think they will fail.
The main reason they say is that the system was developed and tested in Australia where the bees do not make propolis like the bees in this part of the world. They all believe that the bees will use the propolis to seal up the mechanism and even the comb in some areas therefore freezing up the ability to “break” the comb for harvest. I the pine belt down the propolis is supposed to be the worst.
Since this is probably the first season for any beekeepers in the USA to use the system I’d like to know what folks are seeing and experiencing. Any problems with propolis?