How to Hang Plants for Full Sun


Various herbs, tomatoes and flowers require full sun for optimum growth. Plants requiring full sun do well in hanging pots outdoors if prepared properly. Good locations include deck railings, front entrance ways and support posts in the yard. Full-sun plants require 6 to 8 hours of daily light.

Step 1

Weigh the potted plant on a bathroom or other home scale. Take this number and add five to obtain the amount of weight requiring support.

Step 2

Select an initial sunny location for the plant. Visit the location in the early morning, mid-afternoon and late-afternoon. Make certain the location receives direct sun during all three periods. If the location does not get enough sun, select a new location.

Step 3

Place the anchor hardware next to the support structure. Mark the structure with a pencil through each of the holes. This will indicate where to drill in the next step.

Step 4

Drill holes in the marks made in the previous step. Place the anchor hardware flush with the support structure. Use an electric screwdriver to place screws to secure the anchor.

Step 5

Secure the hanging attachment to the plant holder. Hang the plant on the anchor.

Tips and Warnings

  • Make certain the support structure can support the weight of the hanging plant as calculated in the initial step, particularly if it will bear fruit as it matures.

Things You'll Need

  • Scale
  • Calculator
  • Anchor hardware
  • Pencil
  • Drill
  • Electric screw driver


  • "The Potted Plant: New Plants and New Approaches for Container Gardens"; Scott Appell; 2001

Who Can Help

  • University of Maryland Extension: Growing Hanging Baskets (PDF)
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