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!
How to have HANGING FERNS that are the ENVY of the Neighborhood
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! http://www.hometalk.com/1455316/how-to-have-beautiful-plants-all-summer-long-even-when-you-re-away
- Drip irrigation system by Rainbird (Home Depot)
- Timer by Rainbird