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Leycestria formosa

Just pruning a self seeded Leycestria formosa bush down. Always wanted to start off a bee hotel, and these 'tubes' seem to fit the bill. Anyone else tried them or thought of using them?


  • Blue OnionBlue Onion Posts: 2,995

    I've not used them, but here is a bit of information on the sizing:

    Inside the shell of the bee house you stack dry logs or sections of untreated timber, up to about 7ins in length, into which you have drilled a selection of holes of varying diameters between 2mm and 10mm, but no bigger. (

    Could you use those of the correct length and size, plus some wood blocks you've drilled into, just to give variety and options to the bees?  

    Utah, USA.
  • The lengths vary from 4 to 9 inches that is 10cm to 23cm (after cutting just either sides of the nodes) and with smooth diameters varying between 4 & 9mm.  Got well over 50 lovely fresh green solid woody tubes.  Ya never know gunna give it a go, thanks.

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