How to Make Wire Hanging Baskets

Overview

A hanging basket is a fun planter for cascading plants such as begonias and petunias and can also be used for small container garden plants such as cherry tomatoes or strawberries. A wire hanging basket adds versatility to the traditional hanging planter in that the plants can be poked through the bottom of the baskets. Making a wire hanging basket yourself is a simple, inexpensive process.

Step 1

Select a wire basket made from galvanized wire from a local garden center or home store. Galvanized wire containers are made to not rust from frequent watering.

Step 2

Place the basket in the mouth of a 6-inch planting container to hold the wire basket steady. Press a woven cocoa fiber mat into the depression made by the curve of the basket to create a liner.

Step 3

Mix two parts compost, one part peat moss, one part sand, one half part manure and one part Perlite in a 1-gallon bucket. Pour this mixture into the hanging basket to create a lightweight potting soil.

Step 4

Select trailing plants that will not grow too big or heavy for your container basket. Good plant options include wax begonias and petunias.

Step 5

Hollow out planting pockets for these plants in the potting soil. Place the root ball in the planting pocket and cover with dirt.

Step 6

Hang the basket in a location with plenty of sunlight. Check your plants daily by inserting your finger into the soil as far as your second knuckle and watering when the soil is dry. The container soil should stay as wet as a wrung out sponge. Some containers may need water up to three times daily.

Things You'll Need

  • Wire basket
  • 6-inch planting container
  • Woven cocoa fiber mat
  • 1-gallon bucket
  • Manure
  • Peat moss
  • Sand
  • Perlite
  • Compost
  • Container plants

References

  • Clemson University Cooperative Extension: Hanging Baskets & Window Boxes
  • University of Florida IFAS Extension: Plants and Youth: Designing and Building a Hanging Basket
  • Alabama Cooperative Extension System: Greenhouse Production of Flowering Hanging Baskets

Who Can Help

  • University of Minnesota Extension Service: Tuberous Begonias
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Tracy S. Morris has been a freelance writer since 2000. She has published two novels and numerous online articles. Her work has appeared in national magazines and newspapers, including "Ferrets," "CatFancy," "Lexington Herald Leader" and "The Tulsa World."