How to Plant Hanging Baskets From Seeds

Overview

Place a hanging basket indoors our outdoors, and plant them with a variety of plants and flowers. To quickly start your baskets, use seedlings. But if you are willing to wait a while longer to see results, you can develop beautiful hanging baskets directly from seeds. Seed packets are typically not expensive, readily available any time of the year, and provide an opportunity to experiment with growing a range of plants.

Step 1

Set out your hanging baskets on a flat work surface. Choose a table or counter high enough to work comfortably.

Step 2

Fill each basket with potting soil, ¾ of the way full. Use a potting soil that is loamy--a rich medium that provides good drainage. Some poor-quality potting soil contains too much clay and gets sticky and heavy when wet.

Step 3

Moisten the soil. Water it just until moisture begins seeping out of the bottom drainage holes.

Step 4

Poke small holes in the top of the soil with a pencil if you are using large seeds. Place the seeds in the basket and cover with a thin layer of soil (about 1/8 of an inch). The Seeds Of Change website recommends planting more seeds than necessary, and thinning the plants out later. Some seeds might not germinate. Planting more than you need means you won't have bare areas in the planter.

Step 5

Write the name of the plant or plants on a label, if you are planting different varieties in different pots. Place this label on the basket so you will remember what you've planted in which pot.

Step 6

Hang the baskets in a warm, sunny area indoors or outdoors. Keep the seeds moist so they will germinate. Depending on what you planted, you should see sprouts in a week to 2 weeks.

Things You'll Need

  • Potting soil
  • Hanging baskets
  • Watering can
  • Pencil
  • Packages of seeds
  • Plant pot labels
  • Pen

References

  • Seeds of Change: Planting Seeds in Hanging Baskets
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