What are the very best plants to attract hummingbirds? And what is the best time to see these #@%*!ING BIRDS!?

What are the very best plants to attract hummingbirds? And what is the best time to see these #@%*!ING BIRDS!?

23 January, 2010 (01:37) | how to attract hummingbirds | By: admin


For years I have been trying to attract hummingbirds to my garden and for years I have not seen even one. Please tell me what works best for you. If it helps I live in zone 5.

The best way to attract hummingbirds is to buy really bright flowers. Ones with lots of color. Place several hummingbird feeders around your property. You can purchase the feeder at your local Wal-mart. When you plant your flowers place them near a tree or somewhere near a feeder and plant a good bit of flowers in one spot. The hummingbird juice that goes into the feeder is simple to make, all it is is basically sugar water. Good Luck and Happy bird watching…

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Comment from toyrollas
Time January 23, 2010 at 6:51 am

The best way to attract hummingbirds is to buy really bright flowers. Ones with lots of color. Place several hummingbird feeders around your property. You can purchase the feeder at your local Wal-mart. When you plant your flowers place them near a tree or somewhere near a feeder and plant a good bit of flowers in one spot. The hummingbird juice that goes into the feeder is simple to make, all it is is basically sugar water. Good Luck and Happy bird watching…
References :
http://www.birdgoods.com/birdinfo/hummingbirdjuice.htm

Comment from think2work
Time January 23, 2010 at 7:30 am

One good way to enjoy the company of hummingbirds is planting a hummingbird garden. In addition to providing them a natural diet, a hummer garden is an excellent way to attract birds to your nearby feeder: since hummingbirds feed by sight on regularly-followed routes – called traplining – their inquisitive nature will quickly lead them to investigate any possible new source of food. A hummer garden is also a great way to capture the birds on film or video, and makes a much nicer backdrop for your photos than the typical plastic feeder. If you plan carefully and select a variety of plants that flower at successively later dates, you will be rewarded with happy hummers throughout the season.

Using pesticides around hummingbird plants is a very bad idea. Killing garden pests will also eliminate the small insects hummingbirds rely upon for protein. In addition, hummers might directly ingest pesticides sprayed onto flowers, which could sicken or kill the birds. Remember: if you wouldn’t eat it yourself, don’t feed it to a hummingbird! (Well, maybe not the bugs…)

Since hummers, like most birds, have virtually no sense of smell, the flowers that attract them tend to have little or no fragrance, apparently directing their resources instead toward high visibility and nectar production. Note also that cultivated hybrids often make much less nectar than wild strains.
References :
http://www.hummingbirds.net/attract.html

Comment from CE Webster
Time January 23, 2010 at 9:39 pm

Hummingbirds are attracted to red, so if you plant red flowers or have a red hummingbird feeder. Do not use food coloring in the water/sugar mixture-it is not good for the hummingbirds. Once the hummingbirds find your feeder they will also sip nectar from other flowers in the area. Good luck-they are really fun to watch.