Ferns and palm trees spell the tropics to everyone, I dream of a garden with huge lush ferns everywhere. I found the secret to growing big ferns on pinterest.
Reading the article I learned; ferns like moisture, check, that is’t a surprise; ferns need excellent drainage, most plants do, nothing new; ferns will grow to fill their pots, I never gave that much thought. I have
several many an overwhelming amount of ferns, 2 types of asparagus ferns, artillery ferns, sword ferns, and Boston ferns I even have fern whose name I don’t know. I like to grow Bostons in shallow pots, so I looked for larger pots in the shed.
All the hanging pots in my stash are too small unless I wanted to divide the ferns. My goal being growing big ferns, not having a bunch of small ferns, I looked for an alternative. Looking around, I ruled out recycling anything I already had. Sometimes, even I just have to buy something new.
While in Home Depot, I checked out their pot selection. They had one large plastic hanging planter in the right style for around $10 usd. Remembering that the plastics store, Simon, on Calle 65, had large hanging planters earlier in the year, I headed there.
Simon’s planter selection is located in the farthest reaches of the store. As I penetrated into the interior, I threaded my way past stacks of brightly colored plastic containers, waste paper baskets, buckets, and colanders-huge colanders ranging from a foot to almost a yard across. All the hanging planters were gone, disappointed, I trudged back. A thought crossed my mind, I’ve planted in plastic containers before, maybe I could find a basin and use it instead? Then, I really looked at the colanders noticing the three holes in rim for hanging. Hmm, adequate drainage, check, already set for hanging, check, large size, check! I had a winner. I decided upon the second to the largest size, priced a mere $43 mxn (about $4 usd) each , I bought two lime colored ones to start. The largest size is only $10mxn more but just seemed huge. if I had bought the largest one, I still got two for the price of one planter.
Concerned about the holes being too large, I sifted potting soil into the vessel. I needed a soil barrier, I decided to raid the fabric stash. I decided on a poly-cotton from my muslin making stash of reject fabrics. I measured a square of fabric by laying it inside and letting it hang over the sides. After filling the pot, I cut the fabric below the line of soil. I reused the wires from the old planter.
Now that I know the secret to growing large ferns, a place to buy inexpensive well draining planters, I am ready to DIY some more. How is your DIY life going?