Oregon Bi-Mart Plant Supplier Uses Neonics
Do not buy the new fall flowers at the Bi-Mart in Eugene . They come from Spring Creek Nursery and have been treated with neonics as young plants. I was told by the personnel at Bi-Mart that the nursery assured them that the neonics are all gone by the time the flowers are purchased and planted. But we know this is not true. Neonics are systemic, which means they remain in the plants , and every cell of that plant delivers poison to the bees who visit it.
Folks at this worker-owned store and customers who buy there are given misinformation or no information at all in this respect. My dear elderly neighbor across the street who loves bees fills his garden with store-bought mums, which may or may not be poisonous to the bees he wants to help. I must admit I have not the heart to ask him where he gets his flowers.
Here is what you can do about Bi-Mart, as a sympathetic employee told me. Mail the “Did we get it right?” pamphlet with your protest of the use of neonics to the district headquarters. Don’t leave it off at local stores, as they have no power to change this.
Currently there is little nectar available for local bees, so they will readily come to that small patio pot. Make sure it does not contain bee poison!
Every time you purchase a blooming flower, be sure to ask whether its supplier uses neonics. Good news in our area is that Peoria Gardens does not use these– and supplies Grays and Down to Earth. And as documented here, Home Depot and Lowe’s are planning to eliminate them. Wilco Farm Store’s suppliers also do not use neonics.
Thank you to all who helped to make this change.