Asked on Jun 14, 2013

Boston Ferns & Vacation, HELP

Linda CallahanSusan PayneBrenda Boudreaux


When going on vacation, is there any advise on how to keep from coming home to dead boston ferns? I was considering bringing them inside and placing them in my garden tub with a small amount of water left in the tub.
13 answers
  • Patty Rumaker
    on Jun 14, 2013

    Oh, putting them in the tub, what a great idea! I take mine and put them in the garage, and soak them with water before I leave. Now I feel bad, I could have been putting them in the tub and feeding them the whole time.

  • Nancy Hand
    on Jun 14, 2013

    Great idea! sun and fun in the tub for the ferns!

  • Barb Rosen
    on Jun 14, 2013

    I have a good girlfriend who comes over and waters mine ~ then I water hers when she heads off on vacation too!

  • Mary Richard
    on Jun 14, 2013

    Fill a two-liter bottle full of water and turn it upside down sinking the top into the soil. It will slowly drain and provide the necessary water.

  • Susan Payne
    on Jun 14, 2013

    The two-liter bottle full of water sounds good. And still sitting those babes in the tub. I figure it's cooler in the house than out hanging on the porch. Thanks everyone for your comments and ideas.

  • Marilyn Walsh
    on Jun 15, 2013

    Yes, the first thing I thought about was leave them sitting in a tub. Even up a bit on some bricks or gravel. The evaporation will work for them toward the end of your vacation it the actual water gets to low...!

  • Gail Salminen
    on Jun 16, 2013

    @Susan Payne you could create an inexpensive irrigation of your own, that is temporary. Of course it may depend on how long you are gone. You can fill buckets of water with water then wick it into the pot so that the soil soaks up the water from the wick. No fear of over watering. Others have used their bathtubs in the same way - setting the plants around the tub and wicking to all the pots requiring it. Thanks for posting - you are getting lots of great ideas.

  • Doris
    on Jun 17, 2013

    maybe put them in little kids old hard plastic swimming pool with some water--perhaps that is a garden tub??

  • Linda @ Mixed Kreations
    on Jun 17, 2013

    I have a irrigation system set up with timers for all my flower beds. But I have three large pots that aren't connected, going to try the two liter bottle method.

  • Brenda Boudreaux
    on Jun 18, 2013

    put them in a plastic swimming pool with water did this plenty of times came back home to some beautiful plants

  • Susan Payne
    on Jun 19, 2013

    Thank you everyone. Great ideas. =-)

  • Linda Callahan
    on Jul 15, 2013

    The ones I'm concerned about is the ones in a half barrel, not moveable. I'll try the 2 liter bottle idea. Thanks for all the input

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