I’m working on a series of blog posts about hummingbirds. There’s so much to write about, it will keep me out of trouble for several days! In the meantime, this is the rock bottom basic, all-important stuff you need to know if you want to attract hummingbirds to your garden.
Number 1: No pesticides. Think of one of those round signs with big, bold, black “pesticides” with a bright red slash across the letters. That’s how much I believe you shouldn’t use pesticides.
Here’s why: Pesticides kill hummingbirds! It’s that simple. Pesticides are not safe for children and other living beings, including hummingbirds.
Pesticides not only kill hummingbirds, but the chemicals wipe out helpful insects (think bees and ladybugs) that pollinate plants or dine on bad bugs (think aphids and spider mites). You may think you’re controlling a serious pest infestation with pesticides, but really, by eliminating natural controls, you’re just making matters worse.
What kind of flowers should you plant? What color? If the plants are nectar-rich, hummers will locate them. However, red, pink, and orange are their absolute favorite colors. If the flowers have long, narrow blooms, it’s even better because the long tubes are just right for the hummingbird’s long, narrow tongue and beak.
One example, fuchsias. Simple. If you want more details, I’m working on it as we speak, umm, read… write… whatever.