How to Line a Round Outdoor Wire Basket With Spanish Moss


Spanish moss, or sphagnum peat moss, offers extra moisture retention and aeration to heavy soils and moisture-loving plants. It makes for an excellent liner for planter boxes, hanging baskets and other garden containers. Lining a wire plant basket with fresh peat moss is a simple process that aids in the life of your hanging decorative plants. It takes very little time, and the items needed are minimal.

Step 1

Hang the wire plant basket on your front porch, patio or other outdoor area.

Step 2

Stuff the Spanish peat moss into a 1-gallon zipping freezer bag.

Step 3

Roll the bag from the bottom to squeeze as much air out of the bag as possible. Seal the bag firmly once all of the air has been pushed out of it.

Step 4

Poke several small holes in the bag with a sharp knife, toothpick or other sharp object.

Step 5

Hold the bag under a faucet of running water for approximately one minute, or long enough to get all of the moss within the bag soaked. Allow the bag to sit in the sun or in a warm dry place for approximately 8 hours.

Step 6

Remove chunks of the condensed Spanish moss from the bag, and lightly spread them out with your fingers in the bottom of the wire basket. Press some of the moss into the fine mesh of the basket to stop up the small holes.

Step 7

Press chunks of the peat moss along the inner walls of the wire basket, firmly pushing it against the mesh.

Step 8

Lightly spray the peat lining with a mister bottle of water and allow it to sit for approximately five hours to cure. The Spanish peat moss hardens slightly and holds its form against the wire basket.

Things You'll Need

  • 3 pounds of fresh, live sphagnum peat moss
  • 1-gallon zipper bag
  • Wire planter basket
  • Misting spray bottle
  • 2 cups of potting soil
  • Flower seed (variety optional)


  • Moss, Sphagnum
Keywords: peat moss, sphagnum planter lining, container plants

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