Do You Know How To Plant Hanging Baskets? Find Out Here!

Whether you grow plants in your garden or in some beautiful pots, gardening is a great way to boost your property’s aesthetic and appearance. It’s a way to add greenery to your house and bring nature into it. Luckily, there are so many ways to grow plants. You can build raised garden beds, grow plants from cuttings, and grow your own vegetables. But, do you know how to plant hanging baskets?

hanging plants near a window inside the house

What can you do if you don’t have a garden, patio or enough space on your balcony? Hanging baskets! You can have them indoors and hang them from the ceiling, or if you have an outdoor living space, hanging baskets are a brilliant idea to upgrade your garden patio. Do you want to learn more about them? Let’s find out!

When is the right time to plant your basket?

The planting time doesn’t really differ from the planting time that you generally choose for your in-ground plants and flower plants. Early spring is the best time of year. However, you can plant hanging baskets a bit earlier than other plants since the sun will warm the basket soil faster than the soil in the ground. Then, in case of a frost, you can just bring them indoors (if you choose to place them outdoors in the first place).

Things you need to know about hanging baskets

Whether you have plants in the ground or hanging baskets, they both need treatment. They need fertilising and watering. Some may need pruning, like the rose bushes.

Their main difference lies in the soil. Hanging baskets need a commercial potting mix rather than regular garden soil. That’s because the mix consist of materials that act as a water reservoir, which cannot be found in the garden soil. Plus, potting mix is usually pure, which means they don’t contain any soil pathogens that garden soil does.

Woman gardener holding macrame plant hanger with houseplant over grey wall. Hobby, love of plants, home decoration concept.

When it comes to baskets, there are several different types of hanging containers and pots available for you to choose from. However, the most easy-to-use is the wire basket, as it can keep a lot of soil and isn’t too heavy. Keep in mind that hanging basket plants require frequent watering. Why? Because their exposure to the air dries the soil faster. Also, in some cases, especially during summer when it’s really hot, you may need to water some plants every day or even twice a day.

Finally, just like in-ground-plants, you have to choose the ones you want, based on the spot you’re about to hang them. You need to consider the kind of light your hanging plants need. Is it full sun and direct sunlight or shade? And also if they would be at the mercy of bad weather conditions, like winds, heavy rain or high heat.

This is how to plant your hanging basket

Knowing how to plant hanging plants is essential for the well-being of your plants. As a general guideline for planting hanging baskets, go for one plant per 2.5cm of the hanging basket.

To successfully plant yours, you need:

  • Hanging basket
  • Basket liner or sphagnum moss
  • Multipurpose compost
  • Water-retentive granules
  • Plants (trailing varieties, upright plants, bedding plants etc.)
  • Slow-release fertiliser
  • Newspaper
  • Scissors
  • Pots
  • Garden trowel
  • General-purpose potting soil

A pink flower planted in a white hanging basket

Now you’re ready for planting:

Step 1

Place your hanging basket on a wide pot to keep it stable. If you have an opened wire basket, you need to line a basket liner, sphagnum moss, coconut coir, or any other liner along its sides. Then, prepare your multipurpose compost by adding 20% perlite and water-retaining granules. This is optional. However, it would be best if you add them, as they can work similarly to a water reservoir. Next, visit a garden centre where they can recommend you a soil with these crystals.

Because hanging baskets are prone to lose all the soil nutrients faster than regular pots, you should also add a slow-release fertiliser to the potting mix and then add a liquid feed once a week.

Step 2

Next, lay polythene at the bottom of the basket to retain water. Then, cut holes in the liner above the base, especially if you plan to plant trailing plants. Finally, fill the basket with the compost, ensuring that it won’t overcome that level.

Step 3

Wrap some newspaper around the root balls of your plant and push them through the holes. Make sure that you level the roots with the compost. Then, add some extra compost and push it around the plant.

Step 4

Place a small plastic pot in the centre. This will work as a reservoir of water. If you choose to plant short and tall plants together in the same basket, plant the short ones at the sides and the taller ones in the centre. Then, fill the top of the basket with some extra compost and water them.

Step 5

Hanging baskets need more water than in-ground plants, especially those planted in fibre liners since they’re subject to winds. So water them pretty often and never let them dry out. Otherwise, their root system will be seriously damaged.

Here’s a trick to help you understand when you need to water your plants. First, water them fully and lift them from the bottom. Then, get used to how heavy they are. Next time, check their weight the same way. If they’re getting lighter, it means they’re getting dry, and you need to water them. It would be best if you unhang them and soak them in water, once a week. Then, let them drain and rehang them. However, you should keep in mind that summer plants may need water more often, even twice a day, due to the summer high temperatures and dry winds.

The best plants for hanging baskets

Hanging baskets aren’t only for flowers and decorative plants. You can also grow vegetables and trailing plants. Plus, you can have all-season plants. So you don’t have to keep only spring or summer ones.

A wired hanging basket with some orange and red flowers

Some of the best hanging basket plants, including edible vegetables, herbs and flowering plants, are:

A hanging basket with colourful flowers

Hanging baskets are a great choice for those who don’t have the needed space to have greenery in their house. You can have either flowers or vegetables and herbs. You don’t need to do much. Get a wired basket, a liner and soil, and you’re ready to have your garden up high.

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