Being from the south, I can’t NOT have front porch ferns. They add a luscious green pop of warm color when you hang them or add them to a container. Either way is lovely, but I prefer mine in a decorative container. And seriously, they are not hard to care for; given proper care, they will last all season long. For me here in the South, that’s can easily be 8 months out of the year.
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Selecting The Right Fern
Here are the two that I love to use on my front porch and are the most popular and easy to find. And affordable! I purchased mine from Walmart for $10. At that price, I replace them every year because, more times than none, I usually forget to bring them into the garage before the first freeze. 😏 Plant killer!
The Boston Fern is a great specimen for hanging. You can also add them to decorative containers or place them in a plant stand. Its weeping green fronds cascade down around the container for a soft summery vibe that is a show stopper for those of us who admire beautiful front porches. I don’t know about you, but I turn my head while driving down the road for curb appeal.
The Kimberly Queen is another great option. The fronds are a little more rigid and grow more upright. These are the ferns I chose because my front porch has a steady breeze, and this fern holds up well in areas that are a bit windier. Our Southern winds can be brutal at times, but these do very well.
Ferns prefer bright indirect light but will tolerate a dapple early morning sun. A few hours in the morning is fine, but if your front porch faces the west or gets full sun, you will need to relocate them to your side or back porch.
Tips For Easy Watering
Water your ferns regularly. Ferns love moisture but keep in mind that their natural habitat is a shady rain forest. Now, I know that you can’t make your front porch into a rain forest, but you can provide evenly moist soil to maintain that bright green, healthy glow. Here’s how I do it!
Use a flat bottom waterproof container and place it inside your decorative container. This will catch any overflow when watering. This container should never be full of water. Its purpose is to keep the porch and walkway clean and dry from watering your ferns
This bowl happens to be a dog’s water bowl, and it worked perfectly in my large container—no need to re-pot ferns into the new soil. I have found that leaving them in the original container works best with this method.
Depending on the temperature and humidity in your area, you’ll need to water every 1-2 days. Here in Texas, I water daily due to the extreme heat in the Summer months.
Fertilize Your Front Porch Ferns Monthly
Your ferns will need a monthly dose of liquid fertilizer, especially in the warmer months, to keep them happy and healthy.
Spring has sprung, and I hope this inspires you to explore your front porch and try adding these affordable front porch ferns to warm up your Summer space.
Until the next project… xo, Do