Grow a Hanging Basket for Hummingbirds

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Difficulty: Beginner
Duration: 1 hour

 

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The most natural way to satisfy hummingbirds’ thirst for nectar is to grow flowers they love. Three hummingbird favorites — fuchsias, geraniums and mini-petunias — thrive when planted together in hanging baskets.

Hang this colorful hummingbird haven on your deck or patio where you can see it from indoors to enjoy many weeks of exotic blossoms and plenty of hummingbird visitors.

Grow a Hanging Basket for Hummingbirds:

  1. Choose a large hanging basket, 14 to 16 inches wide across the top. A basket with a coco liner will work, although plastic containers retain moisture better in hot weather.
  2. Install a hook and extender chain, so the basket hangs just below eye level, a convenient height for watering and maintenance. Plus, it makes it easy to adjust the height of your basket for best light exposure. Hang in a location that receives morning sun and afternoon shade.
  3. Choose a fuchsia that will define your overall color scheme. Heavy-blooming ‘Angel Earrings’ fuchsias come in several soft combinations of red, fuchsia and white. Choose a pale pink single-flowered geranium to tone down potential clashes. To complete the composition, select a Calibrachoa (million bells) or other mini-petunia that blooms yellow or red.
  4. Fill your hanging basket with a moisture-retentive starter soil to within two inches of the rim. Place the geranium plant in the center, with the fuchsias and mini-petunias evenly spaced around it. Press plants into place and add potting soil to fill the basket. Hang before watering as water will double the container’s weight.
  5. Water as needed to keep the soil lightly moist. Pinch back stems that become leggy.
  6. Rotate the basket weekly so that all the branches get exposed to bright sunlight. When stormy weather is predicted, move your hummingbird basket to a place that is sheltered from heavy rain. A little rain won’t hurt the plants, but when big blossoms fill up with water, the increased weight can cause stems to break off.

Tip: Consider planting a second hummingbird basket to share with a friend in a few weeks, when the plants are filling out and putting on a beautiful show of blooms.

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