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Maintaining a Hummingbird Feeder

Feed sugar water. Four parts water, and one part sugar. Bring to a boil but do not boil, it will make the mixture too sweet. Store excess in the refrigerator. Do not use honey and do not add red coloring.

Place feeder in the shade, sun will accelerate bacteria growth.

Clean the feeders every 2 or 3 days, high temperatures will create life threatening fungus.

Also keep in mind

Spread your plant material around to discourage dominance by one hummingbird.

Avoid the use of pesticides.

Try to have continuous bloom.

Hang 1-3 feeders.

Plant Material to attract hummingbirds:

Annuals: cleome, flowering tobacco, pentas, scarlet sage, cardinal flower, fushia, bee balm, vinca, morning glory, red hot poker, cypress vine, impatience

Perennials: Texas star hibiscus, shrimp plant, cardinal flower, pineapple sage, Mexican sage, columbine

Vines: trumpet honeysuckle, Japanese honey suckle, wildgrape, coral honeysuckle

Shrubs: butterfly bush, firespike, bottlebush, wiegelia, firecracker plant, rose of sharon

Trees: mimosa, bottlebush