Learn how to grow a hanging basket or container for hummingbirds. 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. But there’s plenty of other flowers that hummingbirds and other pollinators love, too.
Hang this colorful hummingbird haven on your balcony, deck or patio where you can see it from indoors to enjoy many weeks of exotic blossoms and plenty of hummingbird visitors.
How to Grow a Hanging Basket or Container for Hummingbirds:
- 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. If you prefer a container, choose a barrel planter or larger size that sits high off the ground.
- 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 late afternoon shade. For containers, place in a location that gets at least six hours of sun.
- Choose plants that will define your overall color scheme. See this list of hummingbird and butterfly attracting plants.
- 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 or other mini-petunia that blooms yellow or red. Use geraniums in red or pink.
- 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. In containers, you can fill them out with other plants including
- Water as needed to keep the soil lightly moist. Pinch back stems that become leggy.
- 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. The hummingbirds will love the beautiful show of blooms.
- Large hanging basket
- Plant hook and extender chain
- Potting soil
- Two bicolored fuchsia plants, one light pink geranium plant, one mini-petunia plant
- Gardening gloves
- Watering can with long spout or garden hose with watering wand