How to Plant a Hanging Basket

Summer baskets are usually planted in late spring. Follow these steps to prep, plant and suspend your hanging basket.

From: DK Books - Learn to Garden

Step 1: Stabilize the Basket

Stabilize the Basket

Stabilize the Basket

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2008, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Set the basket in a pot or pail to keep it stable throughout the planting process. Put the liner (here, of coir) in position and trim it to fit along the rim. A circle of polythene at the bottom will help retain water.

Step 2: Slit the Sides

Side Slits

Side Slits

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2008, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Cut a series of slits for planting trailing plants through the sides. Add a 2-in (5-cm) layer of soilless potting mix, blended with controlled-release fertilizer and water-retaining gel.

Step 3: Thread Plants Through

Thread Plants Through

Thread Plants Through

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2008, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Remove the trailing plants from their pots and thread them through the slits you have just created. It’s a good idea to use a plastic bag to protect the stems and leaves.

Step 4: Create a Reservoir

Create a Reservoir

Create a Reservoir

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2008, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Place a pot in the center at the top of the basket to act as a watering reservoir, and plant around it. Use upright plants in the center and trailers around the rim. Add more potting mix and build up the planting in tiers until the potting mix is within 2 in (5 cm) of the rim.

Step 5: Use a Watering Wand

Use a Watering Wand

Use a Watering Wand

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2008, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Firm the potting mix, and water the basket thoroughly through the plastic pot. Use a watering wand so that the water doesn’t puddle in one section.

Step 6: Hang Your Basket

Hanging Garden

Hanging Garden

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2008, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Choose a sheltered spot at a height that you can reach easily to water it. Make sure the hanging hardware is strong enough to take the weight of saturated potting mix.

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