How to Make a Moss Hanging Basket

Overview

Pick a moss hanging basket when you want the flowers to be the only center of attention as opposed to a more decorative basket. Pick hanging vines with or without flowers for the sides and a plant the will grow straight up for the middle. The choice of plants is wide; pick your favorite colors and put them together the way that pleases you the most.

Step 1

Place the chicken wire around the lamp shade frame. Use galvanized wire to tie the chicken wire to the frame. Don't worry about hiding the ties. The flowers cover it up.

Step 2

Put peat moss 1-inch thick on the bottom of the basket and up the sides to about the half-way mark.

Step 3

Cut the plastic to fit exactly in the part of the basket that is lined by the moss, both the bottom and up the sides. This will keep the compost where it belongs and help retain the necessary water.

Step 4

Mix fertilizer with the compost and fill the basket up to the top of the moss. Press down firmly to remove any air bubbles.

Step 5

Plant hanging plants in the compost letting them hang out the sides of the basket. Space them evenly around the basket. The plants will grow and fill in the empty spaces.

Step 6

Put more moss in the basket on top of the flowers and up the sides just as in Step 2, all the way to the top of the basket. Compress the moss down.

Step 7

Fill the basket to the top with a mix of compost and fertilizer and press down.

Step 8

Place hanging plants around the rim of the basket and plant in the compost. Plant the standing plant in the middle. Add more compost if necessary.

Step 9

Give the basket a good watering.

Things You'll Need

  • Old lamp shade frame
  • 2-inch chicken wire
  • Galvanized wire
  • Spagnum moss
  • Potting soil that contains peat moss
  • Slow-release fertilizer
  • Plastic bag
  • Compost
  • Hanging flowers
  • Standing flower

References

  • BBC Home: Hanging Baskets
  • Curbly: How to Make a Moss Hanging Basket
  • Dave's Homepage: Victoria Baskets
Keywords: hanging baskets, hanging plants, moss baskets

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