How to Hang Balcony Planters

Overview

Hanging plants and flowers in balcony planters is one way to add color to your balcony space. There are many attractive pots or containers available, as well as colorful yarn or macramé hangers that add an additional decorative touch. Petunias, geraniums, asparagus ferns, spider plants, or even tomatoes are just a few plants on the extensive list of plants that do well in balcony planters.

Step 1

Select plants or flowers that have lighting needs matching what your balcony provides. Plants requiring full sun need eight to 12 hours of direct sunlight per day. Plants that require partial sun will need five to six hours of direct sunlight, and plants requiring shade or partial shade should only receive filtered sunlight for short periods each day.

Step 2

Select a container that is lightweight in which to plant your flowers or greenery. Many plastic pots come with hangers attached, or regular pots can be suspended in yarn macramé hangers. Wire baskets lined with sphagnum moss also work nicely in balcony locations. Do not use clay or ceramic pots, because once they are filled with plants and soil, the weight can easily become too much for the hook, and the whole thing might end up as a shattered mess on the balcony decking.

Step 3

Place your plants in the container filled with a mixture of half compost and half peat moss. The compost will provide organic matter and nutrients that your plants need, while the peat moss will aid in water retention.

Step 4

Screw a ceiling hook securely into the balcony beam in the location where you wish to locate your plant.

Step 5

Hang your balcony plant. When hanging a plastic pot or wire basket, with the hanger attached, simply place the hook at the top of the hanger into the balcony hook. If a yarn macramé hanger is to be used, slide the loop at the top of the hanger over the balcony hook, and carefully insert the plant container into the hanger, spreading the hanger evenly around the container, so that it isn't tipped or tilted.

Things You'll Need

  • Plants or flowers
  • Container
  • Yarn or macreme plant hanger (optional)
  • Ceiling hook
  • Compost
  • Peat moss

References

  • Rodale's Successful Organic Gardening Vegetables; Michalak, Patricia S; 1993; p.14
  • eHow.com: How to hang a plant from a ceiling
Keywords: hanging planters, balconies, container gardens

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