There is something about living in the south sitting on the front porch and ferns hanging in the breeze that just speaks to me. I LOVE plants, flowers, nature and all things beautiful and I love having hanging ferns on my front porch.
When spring finally comes around and there isn’t much threat of freezing temps during the night, the first thing I do is head to the store to get 2 ferns for my porch. Seeing those there means the beginning of spring to me.
The only problem is as much as I love those ferns and as hard as I try to remember to water them and take care of them, by July this is usually what they look like…
(That isn’t my ferns, source for the picture here, although I could have taken this exact same picture in previous years.)
Our front porch gets a TON of morning sun and from Memorial Day through Labor Day here in GA we usually have 90+ degree temperatures. It is probably not the ideal place to hang ferns but I love them! Plus ferns only thrive when they can have a TON of water. I am sure you have had the same experience … even when I did water them, the soil was so dry and had sort of “shrunk” in the hanging pot so the water just ran right along the edge of the inside of the hanging bucket and right out the bottom. It didn’t even get a chance to soak into the soil giving the fern the water it needed. Even though this year we have had a cooler summer and a lot of rain, my ferns were getting wilted looking if I wasn’t watering them every day (and who has time for that?)
So I figured out a way to help the ferns get the water they need and cut down on my need to water them as much.
Once a week (usually the day I cut the grass and am doing outside yard work), I fill 2 large buckets with water, take the ferns down, and dip the ferns into the water. I fully submerge the hanging bucket into the water until the bubbling and gurgling of the water soaking into the dry soil stops. Then I leave them soaking in the bucket of water the rest of that day, overnight, until the next day – usually about 24 hours.
I can usually already tell a difference in the color of green in the fonds by the next day. They start turning a deeper green and are firmer to the touch. They will weigh a ton cause they have soaked up lots of water! I just hang them back up and let them drain naturally. I use the leftover water in the buckets to water my other potted plants and flower gardens.
I usually don’t have to water them for 2-3 or even 4 days after that. I just check the soil and it still feels cool and wet for several days afterwards. Once they have dried, I will water them every day or every other day until it is time to “dip” them again.
My ferns have never looked this good near the end of July!
So hope this helps you too! I am sure it probably saves on water too and I know it saves on time. Here’s to green, huge, luscious ferns! And southern porches with a glass of sweet tea in hand.