How to Plant Flowers in Hanging Baskets


Hanging baskets full of flowers enhance any area, indoors or out. The baskets free up floor space while keeping plants out of reach of pets and children. Most kinds of flowers do well planted in a hanging basket, and planting isn't a whole lot different than planting in non-hanging containers.

Step 1

Prepare the hanging basket. If it is new, no cleaning is necessary. If you are re-using a hanging basket, wash it out thoroughly with soap and water, scrubbing with a sponge. If previous plants were diseased, or the basket has signs of mold, you can mix a solution of 1 part household bleach to 9 parts water in a bowl, as suggested by (see ref. 2). Put on rubber gloves and use a sponge or scrubbing pad, dipped in the solution, to disinfect the basket.

Step 2

Dry the basket with a towel, or let it air-dry. Add potting soil until the basket is ¾ of the way full. Mix in a fertilizer for flowering plants, following directions on the package.

Step 3

Gently remove the flowers from their pots or flats. If you bought flowers in peat pots, gently peel this away and press on the root ball to loosen the soil.

Step 4

Use a spoon to dig a hole large enough for the first flower. Nestle the root ball into the hole and firm the soil around it. The top of the root ball should be at the level of the soil.

Step 5

Finish planting each flower in the basket. It is okay if they are close together--you can thin them out later. Water the flowers well, until water drains from the drainage holes in the bottom of the basket. Sprinkle just a little more dry potting soil around the flowers after watering.

Things You'll Need

  • Dish soap
  • Sponge
  • Rubber gloves
  • Bleach
  • Scrubbing pad
  • Bowl
  • Potting soil
  • Fertilizer (preferably one containing a root starter)
  • Flowers (seedlings in peat pots or flats)
  • Spoon
  • Watering can


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