Bumblebee Hive

Excellent Pollinators That Work Hard to Help You Achieve Maximum Yields!
Bumblebee Hive orders have a minimum of a two week lead time for shipment. Please call us at 1-800-827-2847 for further information and to place your order.
  • Class C - Covers up to 5K Sq Ft
    SKU: 1530003
  • $109.97
  • Out of Stock
  • Class B - Covers up to 10K Sq Ft
    SKU: 1530002
  • $169.00
  • Out of Stock
  • Class A - Covers up to 15K Sq Ft
    SKU: 1530001
  • $249.95
  • Out of Stock
  • Description
  • Instructions
  • Shipping Info
  • Technical

Please note that there is a 2 week lead time on all Bumblebee hive orders. We will ship hives as soon as possible following orders being placed. Please make sure that your temperatures are appropriate for the bumblebees to survive. Sheltering the hive from the elements (sun and rain) can further enhance your hive's performance.

Bumblebees are used world-wide for the pollination of various crops helping growers reduce labor costs, improve fruit quality and increase production. They have proven to be more effective pollinators than honey bees both outdoors and in enclosures like greenhouses and tunnels. Additionally, they are far more resilient in low temperatures, low light intensities, and strong winds. Bumblebee releases should be made soon after first flowers appear.

What species of bee do we sell? Bombus impatiens were chosen for North America.

Why Bumble Bees? Bumble bees are extremely effective pollinators. They are known for their rapid work rate (visiting twice as many flowers per minute as honeybees) and can carry relatively heavy loads due to their size. These traits allow them to make long, productive foraging trips. Also, they often achieve better contact with stamens and pistils than smaller insects.

One important advantage of bumble bees over honey bees is the absence of a communication system. Honeybees communicate with each other to move to other locations that contain better or more abundant food sources meaning they can leave your growing setting without notice. Bumble bees lack such a communication system. Should an individual bumble bee find an attractive food source elsewhere, it cannot and will not inform its companions.

Another advantage of bumble bees over honeybees, which is particularly noticeable in fruit crops, is the fact that they are not tied to a specific area in the crop. They move from plant to plant and tree to tree more often and more easily than honeybees. This aids in cross-pollination which is often required in fruit (especially when it depends on pollen of special "pollinator trees").

Time releases based upon the specific crop(s) you are pollenizing. The Bumblebee Hives last one season - approximately 8 to 10 weeks.

  • The Class A Large Hive covers 10,000 to 15,000 square feet.
  • The Class B Hive covers 5,000 to 10,000 square feet.  
  • The Class C Hive covers up to 5,000 square feet.

All hives measure 14" X 12" X 9".

Available East of the Rocky Mountains.
Limited availability west of the Rockies. Call for more information.

When will my order be shipped?

  • 5-7 Day leadtimes are required and order processing may take an additional 2 days.
  • Orders ship Monday through Thursday via Next Day Air.
  • No Saturday deliveries.

Bumblebee Hives Ship UPS Next Day AIR ONLY.

bumblebee hives for pollination
The handling that occurs during shipping can be somewhat upsetting to the bumblebees. To ensure that your pollinators have had sufficient time to calm down after transport, the hive opening is covered with a fiber mesh that the bumblebees must chew through before they can leave the enclosure. They will usually gnaw through in about an hour.
Bombus impatiens hive
bumblebee food source
The food source for your bumblebees is located in the lower section of the hive. Just remove the plastic hive compartment, unscrew the black cap and set the hive back down over the opening.


The benefits of natural pollination for the user are manyfold:

  • Saving labor costs.
  • Improved fruit quality.
  • Increased productivity.
  • Pollination that is independent of weather conditions or native pollinators.
  • Reduced pollen quantity in glasshouse gives better working environment.

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