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Plant Red Flowers for the Hummingbirds

By Horntoad
January 1, 2012

Hummingbirds are highly attracted to the color red, which is why their feeders usually have red on them. See how many ways you can add red to your garden. Plant red flowers and paint a bird house or feeder red. How about painting flower pots red and using red in your garden art? Even wearing red clothing when working in the yard will attract them. The more red you can use, the better chance of catching the attention of a passing hummer.

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Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
Dec 31, 2011 6:15 PM CST
Jay, I didn't know that about using red in so many ways in the garden to draw the attention of humming birds.
I will definitely keep this in mind this spring as I start working in the garden. Hmmmm, now I am going to have to buy a red shirt for gardening. Thumbs up
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fiwit
Dec 31, 2011 6:17 PM CST
Lynn, some folks have been known to put red vinyl tablecloths on the ground under the hummer feeders in the spring, to help the hummers find them. I read that in a book or magazine once, a million years ago
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Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
Dec 31, 2011 8:04 PM CST
I did not know that either. Boy do I have a lot to learn.
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Horntoad
Dec 31, 2011 9:31 PM CST
fiwit said:Lynn, some folks have been known to put red vinyl tablecloths on the ground under the hummer feeders in the spring, to help the hummers find them. I read that in a book or magazine once, a million years ago


Yes, I have read that one also. I have also read about hummers buzzing in close to check out people wearing red clothers or gardening hat.
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flaflwrgrl
Dec 31, 2011 9:42 PM CST
Must be true. We pulled up on our property one day & just as dh was exiting the van he spied a hummer buzzing the red tail light. When It realized the tail light wasn't a flower it zipped off lickety split. But the point is, that quickly the hummer picked up on the red color.
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Onewish1
Jan 1, 2012 7:27 AM CST
I used two red Christmas bows from the dollar store next to my feeder.. hung them from a rope.. when the wind blew it made a good attention getter
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valleylynn
Jan 1, 2012 9:18 AM CST
Great idea Allison. Hurray!
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LindaTX8
Jan 1, 2012 10:39 AM CST
Red to attract hummers is a good idea. But check a list of hummingbird plants, too. All kinds of bloom colors will make them happy if it's the right plants! Or a feeder will often keep them around, if it's kept fresh and clean. And I remember someone years ago put up tall red streamers just to catch their interest while they are flying by.
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tabby
Jan 1, 2012 11:18 AM CST
I've had two hummingbirds fight over a red clothes pin. Gave us a laugh!
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flaflwrgrl
Jan 1, 2012 11:33 AM CST
tabby said:I've had two hummingbirds fight over a red clothes pin. Gave us a laugh!


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Horntoad
Jan 1, 2012 12:26 PM CST
LindaTX8 said:Red to attract hummers is a good idea. But check a list of hummingbird plants, too. All kinds of bloom colors will make them happy if it's the right plants! Or a feeder will often keep them around, if it's kept fresh and clean. And I remember someone years ago put up tall red streamers just to catch their interest while they are flying by.

Yes Linda the idea of incorporating red in the garden is just to catch the attention of passing hummers. Once once you get them there you need to have a good, continuous food source to keep them.
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crittergarden
Jan 6, 2012 1:08 PM CST
I once had a hummingbird hover right under my neck, checking out my red tshirt.

I use a few red flowers to get their attention and then back those up with other colors of flowers that they feed on once they know they've been attracted by the red.
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mollymistsmith
Jan 7, 2012 1:33 AM CST
I planted lots of Mexican Flame Vines and can't wait till Spring. Is it here yet? Hilarious!
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Onewish1
Jan 7, 2012 12:45 PM CST
oh I wish!!!
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LindaTX8
Jan 7, 2012 8:31 PM CST
You might want to wait a while. Don't know about where you live, but March is spring here.
I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. E. B.White
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CarolineScott
Feb 24, 2014 10:26 AM CST
Petunia excerta is the hummingbird petunia. Yes, it is red, but they also liked my blue delphiniums.
Red definitely attracts them,but then they enjoy many flowers in the garden.
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crittergarden
Feb 24, 2014 11:33 AM CST
valleylynn said:going to have to buy a red shirt for gardening. Thumbs up


I was wearing a red tshirt one day and a hummingbird zoomed right to my chest, hovered there for awhile, EVEN LOOKING ME IN THE EYE and zoomed away again.

:D

Hurray!
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flaflwrgrl
Feb 24, 2014 5:42 PM CST
Hilarious! Hilarious! Hilarious! Hilarious! Jill, it's a good thing your eyes aren't red. Hilarious! Hilarious! Hilarious! Hilarious!
I am a strong believer in the simple fact is that what matters in this life is how we treat others. I think that's what living is all about. Not what I've done in my life but how I've treated others.
~~ Sharon Brown ~~



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crittergarden
Feb 24, 2014 5:43 PM CST
I'm not Jill.
People often think I am, so no big deal.
Jill is @critterologist, I am crittergarden.
SHOW ME YOUR CRITTERS! I have a critter page over at Cubits. http://cubits.org/crittergarden/thread/view/73275/
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
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flaflwrgrl
Feb 24, 2014 7:11 PM CST
*Blush* *Blush* *Blush* *Blush* *Blush* I'm so sorry! My bad. CRITTERGARDEN. Got it.
I am a strong believer in the simple fact is that what matters in this life is how we treat others. I think that's what living is all about. Not what I've done in my life but how I've treated others.
~~ Sharon Brown ~~



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