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