Making Homemade Hanging Flower Baskets

Overview

Hanging flower baskets add color, dress up outdoor space and provide interest at varying eye levels. People who lack garden space hang their baskets on balconies or verandas and enjoy the benefits of container gardening. Depending on personal taste, grow tall or cascading annuals, perennials, biennials, or a blend of all, to decorate a spot. Hanging baskets of different shapes and sizes are easily available in home department stores, but make them yourself to save on excess costs and customize them to your needs.

Step 1

Wear a face mask and immerse sphagnum moss in a bucket of water and leave it for up to an hour. The face mask prevents you from inhaling dry moss dust.

Step 2

Wear rubber gloves and remove handfuls of moss from the bucket after an hour, squeezing it tightly between your palms to drain excess water.

Step 3

Place a galvanized wire mesh frame in front of you. Pack a 2-inch layer of moss on the inside of the frame, pressing it down firmly so it compacts.

Step 4

Spread a layer of foil or plastic lining over the sphagnum moss in the frame and determine the amount you need. Cut the lining smaller in size than the basket, so it sits inside it and does not extend the rim. Cut excess plastic with scissors. Use the tip of a sharp knife to punch small drainage holes in the plastic lining.

Step 5

Add one part sand, two parts peat and one part perlite to a deep container and mix thoroughly with a stick. Pour the potting mix into the frame until 1/2 inch below the rim.

Step 6

Measure and mark three points around the rim of the container, ensuring they are spaced equally apart. Insert an end of a 12-inch chain over a mark. Repeat the process on each mark so you have three chains. Hold their free ends and insert them in an S-hook.

Things You'll Need

  • Face mask
  • Sphagnum moss
  • Bucket
  • Water
  • Rubber gloves
  • Wire mesh potting frame
  • Plastic
  • Scissors
  • Sharp knife
  • Sand
  • Peat
  • Perlite
  • Container
  • Stick
  • Measuring tape
  • Marker
  • 3 lengths of 12-inch chain
  • Metal S-hook
  • Seedlings

References

  • Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service: Hanging Baskets
  • The Gardener's Rake: How to Grow Vegetables, Flowers and Herbs in Hanging Baskets
  • University of Florida Ifas Extension: Designing and Building a Hanging Basket

Who Can Help

  • Lousiana State University AgCenter: Hanging Baskets
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