How to have HANGING FERNS that are the ENVY of the Neighborhood

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Want to know the secret to having gorgeous, lush ferns all through the hot Summer? I'll tell you. Psssst ... It's a DIY project!

Every Spring, I buy Boston ferns in hanging baskets at Lowe's or Home Depot.

My first secret is to remove the plastic pot they come in and replant them using a good-quality potting mix.

I prefer to use coir-lined wire baskets.

My BEST secret is to install a Rainbird slow-drip automatic watering system. It's a DIY project. Really. See the black tubes hanging down from the porch ceiling? When the ferns are hung, the tubes are placed above them.

The tubing is connected to a timer and then to a standard faucet. (Mine's in the basement, but yours can be anywhere.) In the heat of Summer, the timer is set to water twice a day for 10 minutes.

This pic was taken in October last year -- after a hot Summer. Ferns as large and lush as ever. Yours can be, too! Check out my blog link for more step-by-step pics.

How about doing the same thing for your flower beds? You can!

Suggested materials:

  • Drip irrigation system by Rainbird  (Home Depot)
  • Timer by Rainbird

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Want more details about this and other DIY projects? Check out my blog post!


Have a question about this project?

3 of 8 questions
  • Betsy
    on Jun 13, 2019

    How do I keep birds from nesting in my ferns? I have lost the battle the last 3 years.

    • Mary A. Bonnett
      on Apr 20, 2020

      I resorted to placing black plastic forks (tines up) in the basket....can't be seen from street and has worked since I started doing this.

  • Lydia
    on Mar 28, 2020

    why do you have to buy your ferns every year?

  • Mackenzie M
    on May 1, 2020

    Do you put just one fern in each basket when you replant? Also do you use Miracle Grow potting soil like pictured? First timer! Thank you

    • Yes, one fern per basket. Any potting soil brand is fine; that’s just the one we bought the year I wrote this post. Welcome to the family of envy-of-the-neighborhood fern growers!

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  • Gabrielle Falk
    on Apr 17, 2020

    Ferns - of whatever type/sort - do not handle drying winds, scorching heat. Always put them in an area where they are protected from such. Water well, and spray the fronds. Feed with a gentle fertiliser - not a fertiliser that will burn - just a fertiliser that is soluble - keep the plants moist, and, again, atomise the whole plant. Clip off any dead, or dying fronds. That will help the fern regenerate, rather that trying to keep a dead extension (frond/s) alive.

  • small Local greenhouses USE Very High quality potting soil to begin with.

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