Don’t have a lot of space in your home for a herb garden but still want to enjoy plants? With hanging plant baskets, you can brighten up your living space without needing even a shovel! Hang the basket on your front door to welcome guests, or hang them from the balcony to enjoy a slice of nature as you sip your evening tea. There are also some amazing indoor plants you hang from your home’s ceiling!
Even though you can buy one, knowing how to make a hanging basket on your own is second to none. By the end of this guide, you will be equipped with all the information you need for your new DIY project! Excited? Let’s get started!
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What makes hanging baskets a great option?
Not everyone has access to a backyard or has a beautiful front garden. The shrinking landscapes in the modern world of today mean that there are even fewer places to cultivate. Creating a hanging basket is your ticket to having a slice of heaven inside your home.
From accenting your front porch to filling an empty kitchen wall, a hanging basket can be used for a variety of purposes. Plus, you can choose the style, colours, and the exact plants that you want in your home. Even if you have a garden, you can use hanging baskets to connect your home with your garden and derive more joy from your plants!
How to make a DIY hanging basket step-by-step
We will tell you all you need to know in this guide – from choosing the hanging basket plants to the compost and soil. Buckle up, folks! Here’s what you need to do:
1. Select the Hanging Basket
If you want cascading pots, you should get regular hanging planters. If you want the awe-inspiring living flower globes that you see in European hamlets, then you should get a wire basket with a fibre basket liner.
There are various hanging baskets in the market that you can choose from. A few of them are:
- Traditional wicker
- Wire circular types
- Conical containers
- Metal baskets
- Baskets with water reservoirs in the bottom
- Baskets with removable gates
We recommend that you should choose the biggest basket (if you have enough space) as it will be able to hold more compost. Moreover, you will not have to water the basket frequently as compared to small baskets. Finding the ideal pot for you is important, so don’t hurry when you decide on this one!
2. Choose the Liners
If you want natural-looking liners, you should go with coir or sphagnum moss. You can line your liners with a plastic sheet with holes to allow for drainage. This will help retain the moisture, and the compost will not dry out quickly.
If you use moss, you should lay long strands laterally inside the basket to ensure it doesn’t escape out of the holes. Some gardeners even use old woolly jumpers as liners as they are stretchy enough to allow the plant to bloom through while retaining moisture.
You should build the lining in circles from the bottom to the top and ensure that there aren’t any gaps. The exact length of the liner will depend on your basket’s size. However, make sure that it is big enough to spill over the sides of the basket after you fill it with soil, container plants, etc.
Sphagnum moss looks nice but has limited water-holding capacity. Cocoa liners are attractive but are thick, so they will be hard to plant through the sides. If you go with burlap liners, you should know that they are thin and degrade slowly but retain almost no water. Supamoss is a new product made of recycled, dyed cotton fibres attached to a green, thin plastic sheet. The tiny drainage holes are good, and you can easily poke more into them while planting.
3. Create a Water Reservoir
Cut a small hole in the plastic sheet that you place over the liner to make a reservoir for water in there. This will hold enough water to ensure that the compost is moist while allowing free drainage from the sides.
4. Add Compost
After lining the pot, add compost to the basket. Add compost to the sides and then insert the houseplants. Place more compost over the plants. We recommend that you use multi-purpose compost with added plant food and water-retaining granules. However, if you can’t find it, then simply add some slow-release plant food to the mix.
Also, you will have to keep adding nutrients and nitrogen fertiliser since they will be washed away when you are watering the baskets. Give your plants liquid feed once a week as well. Press down the compost firmly so that there are no air holes.
5. Position the Plants
Before planting the chosen plants, try to position them on top of the basket to see where they look best. Usually, you should plant the tallest one in the centre and surround it with lower trailers that should be planted close to the edge.
Pot the plants very carefully and then cover them with compost. To preserve visibility while ensuring maximum coverage, we suggest that you place the plants in a checkerboard pattern. Space the plants evenly in the bottom row and create the next row in such a way that the plants fall between those below and not directly below.
6. Hang the Basket
Use a hook, frame, or wall bracket to hang up your plant basket. Make sure that the brackets are tightly secured and are strong enough to carry all the weight.
7. Regularly Water the Plants
Watering plants the right way is always important. With the help of a watering can, make sure that you water the basket regularly. If you don’t use a watering can, the water will run straight through the basket, which is not something you want. Initially, you will have to water the plants at least once daily. In the height of summer, you might even have to water the basket twice a day.
8. Maintain Your Plants
Keep feeding the basket bedding plants with plant food as per the instructions on the feed packet. Deadhead the plants often to encourage blooms. Most of the basket plants are not frost hardy. This means you have to bring them inside or cover them in the evening during winter.
What type of soil should you use?
You should add a base layer of high-quality potting soil to the bottom of the hanging planter. Press the potting soil firmly against the sides and the bottom. Keep the level of soil around 10 to 15 cm above the bottom of the basket.
A high-quality potting mix is essential to the success of your baskets. We suggest that you select a lightweight mix and then add some water-retaining crystals to it. If you want to create your own potting mix, you should mix equal parts perlite, peat moss, and vermiculite.
Best flowers to plant on your DIY hanging basket
Choose a wide variety of plants with different colours and textures for a beautiful and bright hanging planter. Try to vary the bloom sizes as well. For instance, petunia, miniature roses, and vinca have large flowers, while calibrachoa, lobelia, and hyssop have dainty flowers. Also, think about whether you will hang the basket in a sunny or shady spot and then select the succulent plants accordingly.
The following plants are great for sunny spots:
- Ivy geranium
If you choose a shady spot to hang your basket, you should go with the following succulent plants.
When we visit a summer resort or walk down the main street in beautiful, quaint European towns, we see unique, awe-inspiring hanging planters. With our step-by-step, easy-to-follow DIY guide, you can learn how to make a hanging planter yourself. From aromatic herbs to gorgeous blooms, you can grow whatever you want in yours.
Happy planting, Folks!