Hummingbird nectar

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  1. marlingardener

    marlingardener Mighty Oak

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    Since our flowers don't suffice for the little hummingbirds/gluttons, I make a sugar syrup nectar to fill our two feeders.
    It's an easy recipe--1 c. white sugar, 4 c. water brought to a gentle boil for 3 minutes (stirring often to emulsify the sugar). Let cool and keep refrigerated until needed. Do not add any red coloring! Not needed, and possibly toxic to the hummers.
    We get such joy from watching the hummingbirds that the small cost of the sugar and time is well worth it.
     
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    mart Strong Ash

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    Earlier this summer I bought so much sugar that I am sure the people at the store thought I was moonshining ! Now we only have a few regulars !
     
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    Sjoerd Mighty Oak

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    I am envious of your hummer joy. You know that we don’t have them over here, right?
     
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    mart Strong Ash

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    I did and I am sure MG knew too ! At least we have something to brag about ! Since I can`t grow blueberries !! :)
     



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    eileen Resident Taxonomist Staff Member Moderator Plants Contributor

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    I could easily make up that solution but it would only attract wasps here. :(
     
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    Dirtmechanic Young Pine

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    I may have stumbled onto something, but I doubt it will become a trend. I have my panel lift for sale and I notice the little hummers are just in love with it. They think it is a big red hummer tree. 69377_W4.jpg
     
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    mart Strong Ash

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    If its red,, they will love it ! Just hang your feeders on it !
     
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