When Feeding Nectar, Keep it Fresh.

When Feeding Nectar, Keep it Fresh.

Hummers avoid feeders with spoiled nectar. Commercial nectars last longer, only needing to be changed once a week. Homemade nectar is just fine but needs changing at least every other day as the raw sugar ferments much quicker.

The recipe for making your own nectar is one part sugar to 4 parts water. The best way to make sure that the sugar dissolves is to heat the water and sugar to a boil. Never use a microwave to heat nectar as it alters its chemical structure. Never use artificial sweeteners or add any red coloring. Cool the nectar before filling and refrigerate the rest. And remember to change it every couple of days in hot weather. Do these things and you’ll soon have a yard “humming” with the Jewels of Spring.