Place This Popular Houseplant Outside To Attract Hummingbirds To Your Yard

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Place This Popular Houseplant Outside To Attract Hummingbirds To Your Yard

Hummingbirds are a great addition to any garden not only because of their cute size and beautiful colored feathers, but also because they are important pollinators. When they fly from flower to flower, they spread pollen and help plants grow. Therefore, gardeners usually want hummingbirds in their yards to help with pollination, and one way to attract them is by planting begonia plants.

In short, planting begonias is an easy, effective, and affordable way to attract hummingbirds. These plants are available in many colors, such as red, pink, yellow, and white, and have various shapes and sizes of flowers. The bright color of begonias is not the only thing that attracts hummingbirds, but also their nectar. Begonias are rich in nectar and provide a reliable, natural source of food for hummingbirds throughout the season, which is more dependable than bird feeders that could run out of food or be taken over by squirrels.

Begonias are easy to grow and work as natural pest control

Begonias in planter

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Despite their elegant look, taking care of begonias is surprisingly simple. These plants require bright sunlight and basic watering, not too much and not too little, and damp but not soggy soil. Keep them away from drafts and scorching rays, and offer a light feeding during warmer months. Be sure to regularly deadhead your begonia blossoms. Though the flowers will eventually drop off on their own, deadheading them will aid in growing more stems and filling out the plant continuously with more flowers.

While pollinator plants do a great job of attracting birds, bees, flies, and moths to the garden to spread the pollen around, in doing so they also gather a large group of beneficial insects. These insects are those that work as a natural pest control that protect your plants. For example, hoverfly larvae kill some of the most troublesome pests in gardens, such as aphids, thrips, and beetles. So, though your begonias may attract a great pollinator in a hummingbird, it will also bring in free pest control at the same time.

How to create a welcoming refuge for hummingbirds

Begonia plant in hanging basket

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When trying to attract hummingbirds to your garden, your first focus should be on strategic planting. Aim for sunny locations with partial afternoon shade, so begonias will bloom from spring to fall. Hang baskets near windows for up-close viewing when hummingbirds stop by. You can also add begonias to your garden for splashes of color to flowerbeds and borders. Variety helps keep hummingbirds interested, so plant a mix of begonia types with different bloom times to provide the birds with a steady supply of nectar.

Beyond straight planting, consider the finer details of your yard. Hummingbirds prefer open spaces for easy maneuvering, so avoid overcrowding your plantings. Think about incorporating companion plants like coleus, caladium, and impatiens, which bloom well right alongside begonias. A few well-placed birdbaths can also encourage hummingbirds to linger in your garden and can also provide the birds with a vital source of water. With a little planning and some blossoming begonias, you can transform your backyard into an inviting hummingbird playground that benefits all of your plants.

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Dr Heidi Parkes

By Dr Heidi Parkes

Senior Information Extension Officer QLD Dept of Agriculture & Fisheries.