Local Boston Fern Hanging Baskets

By: Stuart Delk | Floral Director
On: March 18, 2015

Boston ferns have been immensely popular for over a hundred years. The original Boston fern was discovered among a shipment of ferns shipped from Florida to Boston in the mid-1890s. This fern exhibited long arching fronds—a characteristic that was immediately recognized as being ideal for hanging baskets. Boston ferns have been grown by the millions ever since.

Boston ferns are stunningly beautiful and almost fool-proof in care. They thrive in bright, indirect light and benefit from early or late-day direct sun. They like plenty of water provided they are not kept constantly soggy. Regular feeding promotes deep-green foliage.

Most Boston ferns are grown in tightly packed greenhouse space to maximize production. They develop two “flat” sides from growing into the ferns on either side. They are crammed into plastic sleeves for shipping and spend days in a dark semitruck. It’s no wonder they look worn and ragged. The awful condition is often explained by, “they will grow out of it”.

Our Boston ferns, grown by second generation family business Tropical Foliage Plants in Cincinnati, are the best Boston ferns I’ve ever seen. Dottie Lutz started the business in 1968 with her husband Lou, and their son Dale is continuing the trade. They plant the ferns in June and allow a growth period of ten months. Hanging in a greenhouse above growing benches, light is able to penetrate to the plants below. This promotes lush and well-rounded growth of the hanging ferns.

The Lutzs use wire hangers, not snap-on plastic ones. Wire hangers are stronger and more visually appealing. Who wants a beautiful fern suspended by an ugly plastic hanger? And finally, right before shipping they apply time-release fertilizer to provide a regular supply of nutrients throughout the summer.

We’ll have these Boston ferns starting in the middle of April while supplies last. They are spectacular, just see for yourself. Once you try them there is no turning back; you’ll never be happy with any other Boston fern.