How to Hang a Basket of Petunias

Overview

Hanging baskets bring color to areas that don't have the room or soil for flower beds. A patio, deck or balcony is a perfect spot for flowers. In tight spots or small yards hanging planters allow plants to be added to fences, the walls of a building or even from the limbs of trees. Petunias love the sun. Select a place for them that receives at least six hours of sunlight a day.

Plant Brackets

Step 1

Plant the petunias and water well. Weigh the wet soil, basket and petunias. The easiest way to do this is to stand on a bathroom scale holding the basket, note how much you weigh and then weigh yourself without the basket. The difference is how much the basket weighs.

Step 2

Select a hanging plant bracket that will hold the weight of the basket. Brackets come in different sizes and strengths.

Step 3

Attach the bracket with the screws that come with it to a solid surface. Find a wooden stud to support the screws and brackets. Studs are located 12 to 18 inches apart. The doorway is usually framed in wood so start measuring from there. The corner of a ceiling is formed from wood. The studs should start from 12 to 18 inches from the corners.

Step 4

Place the bracket against the wooden stud and attach with the screws.

Step 5

Use a masonry drill to a drill a hole for the screws into brick, concrete or block. Fill the holes with liquid nails. Place the bracket against the wall positioned over the holes. Push the screw into the liquid nail to secure the brackets. Let rest 24 hours.

Step 6

Hang the basket by looping the attached chain, wire or hanger over the bracket. Adjust the chain so the basket is at eye level.

Hanging Hooks

Step 1

Use a hanging hook that is big enough to hold the weight of the petunia basket when wet. The hooks should have the maximum weight level marked on the package. Bigger hooks hold more weight.

Step 2

Drill a hole in the ceiling, porch beam or wooden plank with a drill bit that is slightly smaller than the diameter of the cup hook screw.

Step 3

Insert the hook screw into the hole and twist until the screw has gone all the way in and the back of the hook is flush with the wood.

Step 4

Use an S hook to curve around the cup hook. Attach the other end of the S hook to the wire, chain, or hanger of the basket of petunias.

Trees

Step 1

Cut a length of plastic hose that is long enough to go around the tree branch. Insert a chain that is smaller than the hose circumference through the hose. The length of the chain should be 12 inches longer than the length of the hose. The hose protects the wood of the tree from being scarred by being rubbed by the chain.

Step 2

Connect the two pieces of chain to an S hook.

Step 3

Attach a chain to the other end of the S hook. Adjust the chain so the basket is at eye level. Attach the chain to the wires of the petunia basket using another S hook.

Tips and Warnings

  • Use a size larger bracket or S hook rather than smaller. Water is heavy and you don't want the basket to come crashing down. Wear goggles when drilling.

Things You'll Need

  • Scale
  • Hanging plant brackets and screws
  • Drill
  • Masonry bit
  • Screwdriver
  • Liquid nails
  • S hook
  • Hanging hooks
  • Chain
  • Hose length

References

  • "Garden Ideas"; Carol Spier and Warrne Schultz; 1996.
  • "Great Ideas for Your Garden"; Jane Courtier et al; 2003.

Who Can Help

  • Aggie Horticulture: Hanging Baskets
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About this Author

Katie Rosehill holds an MBA from Arizona State University. She began her writing career soon after college and has written website content and e-books. Her articles have appeared on GardenGuides.com, eHow, and GolfLinks. Favorite topics include personal finance - that MBA does come in handy sometimes - weddings and gardening.