Have you ever noticed how good the outdoor ferns in the stores look before you buy them, and you get them home, it seems they immediately start to turn brown and not so great-looking? There is a reason that they look so nice coming from the greenhouses that they are grown in, but when you bring them home one of the reasons could be that they may be in less than ideal conditions. But what can you do about it so that they THRIVE and last for the entire season and possibly for many years to come?
Here is a few tips that I have found to work well with all your outdoor ferns ( especially the hanging ones).
- Keep them out of direct sunlight if your are in a very hot zone. Ferns need a good amount of light but thrive in shady areas with indirect sunlight.
- Make sure that the containers and beautiful planters that they are in have sufficient drainage holes in them to keep the fern from sitting in water and to avoid root rot.
- Buy a good sprayer and give them a good misting regularly (daily if possible). This will help keep the tips and the rest of the plants leaves looking and feeling moist and will also encourage new growth. This is more important in the areas that have excessive heat and dry conditions.
- Keep the soil moist and don’t let the fern dry out completely so that the fronds (leaves) will be healthy and not dried out and brown at the tips. One of the best ways to do this is to WATER THE FERN TWICE A DAY …once in the morning and once at night. This is the difference between big healthy, beautiful plants and ones that are scrawny and small. Some successful plant lovers with multiple ferns have also set up a big barrel and completely submerge the base of the hanging fern in the water and allow the water to drain naturally. You can also set up a humidifier to maintain the moisture in the air that will help the plant thrive.
- Keep the fern idealistically in an area that is from 60 to 75 degrees. Ferns also love the moisture generated from the shower and love in be in moist areas like the bathroom. Just make sure your bathroom window or skylight allows it to get sufficient lighting.
- Ferns really love the treat of…Miracle Grow fertilizer and a mixture of Epsom Salt. This is the key to the healthy look of the plant. Combined they can make your plants look greener and grow more bushy. Epsom salt is made up of hydrated magnesium sulfate (magnesium and sulfur), which is important to healthy plant growth. Fertilize your ferns and plants with this combination: 2 tablespoons of epsom salt per gallon of water with miracle grow fertilizer every 2 weeks on the 1st and the 15th (easy way to remember) of the month. This will help them look lush and beautiful. Epsom salt will also help all your plants keep from yellowing. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon per every 12 inches around your plants, trees, flowers, and vegetables that you want to green up. This same mixture has worked incredibly well on Sago Palms as well.
What has worked well to keep your plants looking beautiful? Leave some comments below.
Also see: How to Spray Paint a Flower Pot
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