Learn how to give your ferns a little boost with this simple and inexpensive ingredient that you can find in most bathrooms today.
It’s no secret that I love nature and all things natural. So, when I heard about giving summertime ferns a bath, I was intrigued.
Ferns can be pricey depending on where you purchase them. I found these for $14 a piece at our local Ace Hardware store.
They have done well in the hollow, thus far. Especially with regular trimming & “grooming.” So, since I am a self-proclaimed “experimental gardener”, I had to give this method a try!
SUPPLIES AND TOOLS YOU’LL NEED
- 5 gallon painter’s bucket
- a large galvanized bucket
- stick or something to stir with
- fern (smile)
- bag of plain Epsom Salt
LET’S GET STARTED!
Trim all the dead foliage off the plant.
Grab a five gallon bucket and fill with water. We have three ferns, so I just kept the next bucket of water with Epsom Salt on deck for the next rotation.
Add 2-5 TBS of plain Epsom Salt into bucket of water and mix. I used a stick off of the lawn.
Once the Epsom Salt is fully dissolved, pour into the galvanized bucket and place your first fern in. Let sit for a minimum of 3 hours. Some recommend leaving it overnight for best results, but since we had more than one and only one bucket big enough, I stuck with the 3-5 hours.
NOTE: You want the pot to be fully submerged so the roots get the water they need.
UPDATE: I have used both overnight and several hours since writing this post and have found that they both give our ferns a little extra something to boost their vibrancy and healthy appearance.
You’ll hear mixed opinions on the validity of this method. Some swear by it, while others didn’t see much of a difference. I, for one noticed that they were definitely greener after their baths and they could go longer in between watering. (smile) Sounds like a winner to me!
How about you ?! Let me know if you give this a try or tried this method in the past.