How to Create Large Hanging Flower Baskets

Overview

Large hanging flower baskets can be a striking and vibrant addition to the exterior of your home during the summer months. While hanging flower baskets can be bought at nurseries and gardening centers, they probably won't contain all of your favorite flowers. Instead of buying hanging flower baskets, you can create your own large hanging flower baskets, using all of your favorite flowers, to make the perfect hanging basket for your home for a fraction of the cost.

Step 1

Place a large wire flower basket on the ground or on newspaper covered surface inside. The City of Victoria, British Columbia, recommends attaching a collar around the top rim of the basket for help with watering. Victoria is well known for its elaborate hanging flower baskets, and has hung 1,600 flower baskets throughout the city every summer since 1937.

Step 2

Add moss to line the basket. Use a 1-inch layer of moss and line the basket bottom and midway up the sides.

Step 3

Fill the moss-lined area of the basket with soil. The UK Telegraph newspaper online recommends mixing the soil with a slow-releasing fertilizer and a water-retaining gel before planting.

Step 4

Use your fingers to separate the moss through a hole in the basket at the bottom of the basket. If you have trouble with soil falling out through the hole, tip the basket away from you just slightly as you make the hole. Insert the root ball of the first plant through the wire opening, through the moss and into the soil.

Step 5

Make holes in other basket openings around the bottom of the basket and place additional plants around the basket, so that the plants fit comfortably and have some room to grow and fill out. Add more soil on top of the root balls of the first plants. Then, begin a second layer of plants, using the same process to rip holes in the moss and insert the plants root balls into the soil.

Step 6

Line the rest of the basket with moss, add soil and continue planting to the top of the basket. Once the sides of the basket have been covered, plant flowers in the top of the basket. When finished, the basket should be well covered and barely visible.

Step 7

Water the entire basket until moist. Protect the basket from strong wind and afternoon sun for a week to allow plants to become established, advises the City of Victoria.

Step 8

Hang the basket in the location where you plan to keep it for the summer. Water the planter with a solution of three parts water to one part water-soluble fertilizer four to six times per week.

Tips and Warnings

  • Large baskets can be quite heavy when watered. Make sure they are mounted securely.

Things You'll Need

  • Large wire flower basket
  • Collar, optional
  • Peat moss
  • Soil
  • Fertilizer

References

  • Telegraph: How to Make Your Own Hanging Basket
  • City of Victoria: Victoria's Hanging Baskets
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Alexis Lawrence is a freelance writer, filmmaker and photographer with extensive experience in digital video, book publishing and graphic design. An avid traveler, Lawrence has visited at least 10 cities on each inhabitable continent. She has attended several universities and holds a Bachelor of Science in English.