Native Bee Nesting House with Tubes



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Shipping fee is included within the contiguous US. This Native Bee Nesting House is made in the US.  It measures 8" long x 2" tall x 2" wide, and includes 15 closed-end natural reed and cardboard nesting tubes.  The tubes are 6" long in a range of diameters to accommodate a variety of large and small native bee species. There are over 4000 species of native bees in North America, of all sizes and they need a nesting hole that is just the right size for them. Tubes should be replaced after 2 years.  Refill tubes are available.

A pre-cut screw mounting hole is in the back of the bee shelter for mounting on standard screw sizes.  The dark green color blends well with the environment.  All native nesting shelters are important, but other creations, such as drilled blocks of wood, do not allow you to inspect your bee's health. The sturdy plastic is recyclable where PVC is accepted. This house is a viable nesting site for native bees, and will quickly become a fixture of education and enjoyment for many years. Each order comes with a detailed instructions pamphlet.

Environmental stresses are pushing many of our native pollinators to the edge of ecological collapse.  The affects of habitat loss, fragmentation, alien species, climate change and pesticide use are negatively impacting pollinators in substantial and rapidly increasing ways.  You can begin helping pollinators right away by conserving native habitat, gardening with native plant species, avoiding pesticide use, and by providing native bees with secure nesting sites.  Whether setting up dedicated bee houses like this, or simply leaving open soil and deadfall for bees, your assistance in fostering nesting habitat is key to curbing the decline of native pollinators.  Additional resources regarding native pollinators can be found through the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation website at

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Growing your own plants from seed is the most economical way to add natives to your home. Before you get started, one of the most important things to know about the seeds of wild plants is that many have built-in dormancy mechanisms that prevent the seed from germinating. In nature, this prevents a population of plants from germinating all at once, before killing frosts, or in times of drought. To propagate native plants, a gardener must break this dormancy before seed will grow.

Each species is different, so be sure to check the GERMINATION CODE listed on the website, in the catalog, or on your seed packet. Then, follow the GERMINATION INSTRUCTIONS prior to planting. Some species don't need any pre-treatment to germinate, but some species have dormancy mechanisms that must be broken before the seed will germinate. Some dormancy can be broken in a few minutes, but some species take months or even years.

Seed dormancy can be broken artificially by prolonged refrigeration of damp seed in the process of cold/moist STRATIFICATION. A less complicated approach is to let nature handle the stratifying through a dormant seeding, sowing seeds on the surface of a weed-free site in late fall or winter. Tucked safely beneath the snow, seeds will be conditioned by weathering to make germination possible in subsequent growing seasons.

To learn more, read our BLOG: How to Germinate Native Seeds

Dormant Bare Root Plants

We dig plants when they are dormant from our outdoor beds and ship them April-May and October. Some species go dormant in the summer and we can ship them July/August. We are among the few still employing this production method, which is labor intensive but plant-friendly. They arrive to you dormant, with little to no top-growth (bare-root), packed in peat moss. They should be planted as soon as possible. Unlike greenhouse-grown plants, bare-root plants can be planted during cold weather or anytime the soil is not frozen. A root photo is included with each species to illustrate the optimal depth and orientation. Planting instructions/care are also included with each order.

Download: Installing Your Bare-Root Plants

Potted Plants

3-packs and trays of 32, 38, or 50 plants leave our Midwest greenhouses based on species readiness (being well-rooted for transit) and order date; Spring shipping is typically early May through June, and Fall shipping is mid-August through September. Potted 3-packs and trays of 38 plugs are started from seed in the winter so are typically 3-4 months old when they ship. Trays of 32/50 plugs are usually overwintered so are 1 year old. Plant tray cells are approximately 2” wide x 5” deep in the trays of 38 and 50, and 2.5" wide x 3.5" deep in the 3-packs and trays of 32; ideal for deep-rooted natives. Full-color tags and planting & care instructions are included with each order.

Download: Planting and Care of Potted Plants

*PLEASE NOTE: we are a mail order nursery and have no retail facilities, but you may pick up your order if prior arrangements are made. Pick up orders are subject to **MN Sales Tax.

Shipping & Handling Charges
TOOL SHED and BOOKS have the shipping fee included in the cost of the item. In other words, they SHIP FREE!

**MN State Sales Tax of 7.375% is applied for orders shipping to Minnesota only.

Shipping Season

SEED, TOOLS and BOOKS are sent year-round. Most orders ship within a day or two upon receipt.


We ship using USPS, UPS and Spee Dee.