How to Create Hanging Baskets

Overview

A hanging basket is a form of container gardening that allows homeowners and gardeners to add color practically anywhere, inside and outside the house. Fill the basket with tall or trailing flowers and hang on your porch, balcony, terrace or even under a tree. Not only does it enhance visual appeal at many eye levels, but you can spend endless hours watching birds and butterflies frequent the contained flowers or plants. Hanging baskets do not take up any ground space and are decorative yet functional.

Step 1

Immerse four to six handfuls of sphagnum moss in a bucket of water. Increase or decrease the number of handfuls depending on the size of the wire mesh frame.

Step 2

Lift handfuls of wet moss after an hour, and squeeze it between the palms of your hand to drain water out. Collect in a round bowl.

Step 3

Insert the moss into the wire mesh frame. Add an even 2-inch layer inside the frame and over its base. Tamp it down to ensure it settles.

Step 4

Insert plastic lining or foil into the frame, directly over the moss. Cut it off at the edges so it sits over the moss and is lower than the rim of the basket. Use a sharp pair of scissors and cut as neatly as possible. Punch drainage holes through the lining, using the pointed tip of the scissors. Space the holes 4 inches apart.

Step 5

Mix 2 parts peat, 1 part perlite and 1 part sand in a container with a stick to form a rich potting mix. Slowly pour the mix into the wire mesh frame until it's 1/2 to 3/4 inch below the edges.

Step 6

Mark three to four equidistant points on the edges of the wire mesh container with masking tape--three for a small container, four for a larger, heavier container. Push an end of each chain directly over the marks. Gather their other ends in your hand and join them with an S-hook. Suspend the hook over a nail in a wall or ceiling.

Tips and Warnings

  • Do not use garden soil in containers because it is compacted and drains poorly.

Things You'll Need

  • Sphagnum moss
  • Water
  • Bucket
  • Bowl
  • Wire mesh frame (round)
  • Plastic
  • Scissors
  • Peat
  • Perlite
  • Sand
  • Stick
  • Masking tape
  • 3 or 4 chains, 12 inches long
  • S-hook

References

  • Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service: Hanging Baskets
  • University of Florida IFAS Extension: Designing and Building a Hanging Basket
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