How to Plant Herb Hanging Baskets


Container gardening is practiced both by apartment dwellers since they lack outdoor space, and homeowners who want a splash of color and aroma indoors all year round. Hanging baskets are a form of container gardening that provides home gardeners an opportunity to bring different colors and flavors of the garden indoors. Besides flowers, herbs such as dill, thyme, basil and rosemary are often grown in hanging baskets, providing growers the advantage of plucking them fresh and adding them to soups, salads and other dishes.

Step 1

Purchase hanging baskets from your local nursery or garden supply centers. Wired ones are the best option because they are lightweight and easy to install. Each basket should be at least 12 inches deep and 12 to 15 inches wide.

Step 2

Place each hanging basket on a table so it is steady and does not wobble as you work.

Step 3

Line each basket with a layer of sphagnum moss so it can retain water and moisture, eliminating the need to water daily. You can also use black plastic with drainage holes, coco-fiber or burlap. If you are using moss, make sure you mist it with water so it soaks thoroughly before you line it.

Step 4

Fill the basket halfway with compost.

Step 5

Mix equal amounts of slow-release fertilizer and water-retaining granules, and add them to the compost.

Step 6

Water the basket well. At this point, the water granules will soak up water and swell up.

Step 7

Make small holes in the compost with your finger about an inch apart and plant the root balls of each herb into them. Make sure the root balls are completely covered in the compost. If planting from seeds, sow six to eight seeds per basket about ¼ inch into the surface. Germination will occur after six to eight weeks.

Step 8

Hang the baskets in an area that receives four to six hours of direct sunlight. Turn the baskets ¼ inch each week so all the herbs get an equal amount of sunlight.

Tips and Warnings

  • Herbs in a hanging basket tend to dry out sooner than those planted in the ground, so check frequently to make sure the soil or compost in your basket has not dried.

Things You'll Need

  • Hanging basket
  • Sphagnum moss
  • Water
  • Spray bottle
  • Compost
  • Slow-release fertilizer
  • Water-retaining granules
  • Herbs


  • Hanging Baskets
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