How to Grow a Hanging Basket


A hanging basket is a form of container garden in which the container is suspended in the air. Hanging baskets may be hung from a light pole, a shepherd's crook or the eaves of a home to provide a decorative feature for a landscape. Popular hanging baskets designs often are filled with foliage plants or flowers, but a container-hanging garden also may be filled with vegetables such as miniature tomatoes or culinary herbs for a micro-kitchen garden.

Step 1

Mix a lightweight potting mix with 1 part sand, 1 part peat moss, 1 part compost and ½ part manure.

Step 2

Place coconut fibers in the bottom of a wire basket. Cover the drainage holes of plastic or clay container pots with a pottery shard to prevent soil from washing out. Fill the basket with potting soil.

Step 3

Hollow out a planting pocket in the soil and place the root ball of the plants in the hole. Cover with soil. Water until the soil is as damp as a wrung out sponge

Step 4

Hang the basket where the plants will receive enough light to grow well. Follow the light requirements specified for your particular plant.

Step 5

Check the hanging basket twice daily to ensure that the soil is still wet. Keep the container soil as damp as a wrung-out sponge. Water anytime the soil feels dry.

Tips and Warnings

  • Sun-loving annuals will not grow well under the eaves on the north side of a home.

Things You'll Need

  • Hanging basket
  • Plants
  • Sand
  • Peat moss
  • Potting soil
  • Manure
  • Watering can


  • Texas A&M Univeristy Extension: Hanging Baskets
  • Alabama Cooperative Extension System: Greenhouse Production of Flowering Hanging Baskets
  • University of Missori Extension: Care of Hanging Baskets

Who Can Help

  • Clemson University: Hanging Baskets & Window Boxes
Keywords: hanging baskets, container gardens, mineature plants

About this Author

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."