How to Plant Hanging Plants

Hanging Basket image by Jetske19/Flickr.com

Overview

Hanging plants create a special look anywhere they are displayed. They show off color and attract the eye. They enable you to increase your plant collection by giving you more room. When choosing plants for hanging look for species that have vines or a draping nature. Some plants to consider are fuchsias, geraniums and spider plants.

Step 1

Choose a container that is twice as deep as your plants. Make sure that there is a drip catch tray. This prevents the mess of water running through your plant and helps conserve moisture.

Step 2

Mix 1 gallon of peat moss with an equal amount of perlite. This creates a lightweight soil mixture that drains well.

Step 3

Fill the hanging basket half full of your soil mixture. Do not compact it at this point.

Step 4

Remove one of your plants from its container, and place it halfway between the edge and center of your hanging basket. Place each of your plants this way. Be sure that the plants are going to be 1 inch below the rim of the hanging basket to allow room for water.

Step 5

Fill dirt in around the plants. Gently compact the plants down. Cover the root ball tops.

Step 6

Water the hanging basket with 2 to 4 cups of water.

Tips and Warnings

  • Hanging plants tend to dry out quickly, so keep a close eye on the dampness of the soil. It is best to water it a little every few days rather than adding a lot of water all at once. If the weather suddenly turns damp, then the plant will become waterlogged and that could damage the root system.

Things You'll Need

  • Hanging basket
  • 1 gallon peat moss
  • 1 gallon perlite
  • 3 plants
  • Water

References

  • University of Maryland Cooperative Extension: Growing Hanging Plants
Keywords: hanging basket, planting, container gardening

About this Author

Karen Carter spent three years as a technology specialist in the public school system and her writing has appeared in the "Willapa Harbor Herald" and the "Rogue College Byline." She has an Associate of Arts from Rogue Community College with a certificate in computer information systems.

Photo by: Jetske19/Flickr.com