Fill hanging baskets with bright colored flowers or lush green foliage plants to add life to your interior decorating. Hanging baskets are also striking on porches and patios and can be filled with ornamental plants or edible plants such as tomatoes and strawberries. Hanging the basket properly ensures the plants thrive and receive all the requirements needed to continue providing lush growth. Perennial plants are best suited to indoor baskets, and annuals and perennials can adorn outdoor versions.
Choose a window or outdoor area that receives the proper amount of sunlight to hang your basket. Be aware that eaves and trees outside the window may block sunlight to the basket. Most basket planted plants thrive best in full to partial sunlight.
Screw a sturdy eye hook into the ceiling or eave to hang your basket. Use a stud-finder tool to locate a wooden stud inside the house so the hook isn't screwed into just plaster and wallboard because it will pull out when weight is added.
Prepare the containers for planting. Use hanging plastic containers with attached dripped trays or wire baskets with dried moss lining. Avoid using plastic baskets without drainage holes as this will cause the plants roots to rot.
Fill the baskets with a light soil mix, such as one part peat moss mixed with one part vermiculite. Leave a 1/5 inch space between the top of the soil and the basket rim so there is room to add water without it overflowing.
Place plants in the basket following the spacing requirements on the plant label. Use plants with similar light and water requirements in the same basket, or plant multiple varieties of related plants.
Water the basket at least once a week. Check the soil every one to two days and water once the surface begins to dry out. Baskets dry out faster than beds or ground containers.
Fertilize with a timed release houseplant fertilizer as often as the label recommends. Alternately, feed with a half-strength liquid plant food every two weeks.