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We saw these great tips from Sunset Magazine on how to create a planter pot that will attract Hummingbirds and we thought we would pass it along.  By Debra Prinzing, Photos by Ed Gohlich

It is really easy to pot a special type of plant that will attract certain birds, butterflies and other desired garden friends.  This particular pot has 3 plants that attract hummingbirds.  Fingertips (dudleya edulis), Sticky monkey flower (Mimulus aurantiacus) and Jim Sage (salvia clevelandii).  Each one of these can easily be found at your local nursery center.

Here are easy tips on how to plant them:

1.  Use one or more pieces of broken pottery to cover the drain holes to
prevent soil from seeping out but allows water to drain through.

2.  Fill approximately one quarter to one third of the container with high quality potting soil.  This helps for plant growth.

3.  Arrange the plants listed above in the containers, placing the tallest plant toward the back.  Add soil until it reaches 1/2" to 1" below the pots rim.  Add decorative accents like driftwood, or seashells.  Water thoroughly and watch them grow.

These nectar rich native plants are lovely and the hummingbirds love them.  Give them a try and let us know how they worked out for you!

Read more....Birdie Buffets - one in 5 americans are bird watchers!


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