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!


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  • Lydia
    on Mar 28, 2020

    why do you have to buy your ferns every year?

    • Yvonne
      on Jun 3, 2020

      I live in the Mid- west and hate to see my ferns die from the weather. I have a small alcove east facing alcove in my kitchen. I hang my ferns on hooks and keep them moist by spraying them daily . I also put a tablespoon of epsom salt in a gallon of water and freeze it in ice cube trays and put the ice cubes in the ferns every couple of days to keep them moist. It works well and I don’t have water dripping out,and the epsom salt gives them magnesium. All my plants love it!

  • 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!

  • Ruth
    on Sep 6, 2020

    Hi 👋🏼

    im new here,

    I have a question

    Do I have to water my fern every day?

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