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Pike Nurseries: Attracting Hummingbirds

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Hummingbirds and other winged wildlife can add beautiful color and movement to a garden. You can enjoy the stunning sights and sounds of these featured friends, while also helping them access food, shelter, water and sunlight with hummingbird gardening.  With some expert tips and tricks, bird lovers can keep hummingbirds healthy, happy and coming back season after season!

What Hummingbirds Need:

1.  Food: Hummingbirds feed off of nectar, small insects and spiders. Because they are so active, they eat every 10-15 minutes

-  Brightly colored plants

-  Nectar plants like bee balm, butterfly weed, cleome, dahlia, daylily, geranium, hibiscus, lantana, phlox, red hot poker, salvia and zinnia

-  Feeders full of nectar

o  Since they are territorial creatures, it’s best to have 2-3 feeders

o  Keep them clean and full, and hang them in a safe place away from high wind and predators


2.  Shelter: Hummingbirds need trees and shrubs for a place to perch and make their nests

-  Ideal trees & shrubs: Abelia, Azalea, Buddleia, Chaste Tree, Crossvine, Mimosa, Red Buckeye, Rhododendron, Rose of Sharon Trumpet Creeper, Trumpet Honeysuckle, Tulip Poplar, Weigela

3. Water: Unlike most birds, hummingbirds do not like bird baths; they prefer shallow water

-  Place a shallow saucer in your garden – a pot saucer is a great option

-  If you have a bird bath, add stones to make the pool shallow enough for them to use

Planting a Garden that Attracts Hummingbirds

  1. Find a sunny area in your yard or on your patio that is sheltered from the wind to plant your garden.
  2. Choose brightly colored plants, but be sure to include a mix of host plants, nectar plants, broad leaf plants, trees and shrubs.
  3. When planting in the ground, amend native soil at a 50/50 ratio with Pike Planting Mix and add a handful of E.B. Stone Sure start to get your plants off to the best start.  In a container, use Pike Potting & Container Soil.
Maintenance

  1. Fertilizing- Fertilize your shade garden several times during the growing season. Since you’ll use a variety of plants, we recommend E.B. Stone All-Purpose Fertilizer
  2. Water your garden as needed, but be sure to also check on the water you’ve placed for your Hummingbirds for water levels and cleanliness
  3. Pest Control - Do not use insecticides in your butterfly/hummingbird garden! Because of their small size, Hummingbirds are thought to be particularly sensitive to pesticides
  4. Remember to Check your Feeder Frequently.  Nectar can become contaminated very easily in the hot summer months.  Always scrupulously clean your feeder between feedings
Enjoy

  1. Your garden will be beautiful on its own, but you can also enjoy watching these feathered friends benefit from it!
    • Try to figure out which plants they are more attracted to
    • Hang hummingbird feeders near a window so you can easily see them
    • We most commonly see ruby-throated hummingbirds in the south, but be on the lookout for western species like Rufous and Blackchinned Hummingbirds
    • Take pictures and note their habits
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