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
Susan Nowell @ My Place to Yours
Want more details about this and other DIY projects? Check out my blog post!
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  • Mackenzie M Mackenzie M on Apr 30, 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

  • Ruth Ruth on Sep 06, 2020

    Hi 👋🏼

    im new here,

    I have a question

    Do I have to water my fern every day?

  • Gig69451122 Gig69451122 on Jun 22, 2023

    I'm having an issue with the 2 ferns I divided & transplanted in Spring, quality soil . They just won't fill out, like my other 4 ferns. They're green, not thriving.Idk what may be wrong? 🤔

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