How to Plant Outdoor Hanging Baskets


One of the pleasures of summer is having an abundance of flowering pots hanging around the edges of a covered deck or under the eves of a porch. By hanging pots, you raise the flowers to eye level, where you can see them more easily and enjoy them completely. Planting hanging flower pots is not complicated but takes a little extra care and preparation to give your flowers the best opportunity for showy displays later.

Step 1

Place your wire basket over a bucket or other container to hold it in position while you fill the basket.

Step 2

Lay coconut lining inside the wire frame and press it into shape with your hands.

Step 3

Position a plastic water tray in the bottom of the basket and fill it with a handful or two of gravel.

Step 4

Fill the basket three-fourths full with a mixture of potting soil, gardening soil, water retention granules and slow-release fertilizer. Only use the amount of granules and fertilizer recommended for your size of pot.

Step 5

Water the soil with the watering can.

Step 6

Remove plants from their shipping containers. Loosen any tight roots. Cut slits in the coconut liner if you are planting any flowers through the wire basket. Insert those plants, making certain the root ball is not disturbed and that the roots are firmly surrounded in soil.

Step 7

Plant trailing flowers evenly spaced around the edge of the container, filling in the gaps with additional soil. The finished soil and the tops of the root balls should be about 1 inch from the top of the basket. Plant spreading flowers around the center of the basket, allowing for future growth. Tamp all of the soil with your fingers so that all of the plants are firmly surrounded by soil. Water the planter basket thoroughly before hanging.

Things You'll Need

  • Wire basket
  • Coconut lining
  • Plastic water dish
  • Gravel
  • Potting soil
  • Gardening soil
  • Slow release fertilizer
  • Water retention granules
  • Flowers
  • Hand trowel
  • Garden scissors (optional)
  • Watering can


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F.R.R. Mallory is a senior at UC Berkeley completing degrees in both Neuropsychology and English. She has been published since 1996 in both nonfiction and fiction, books, short stories, articles and essays. Her fiction short story "Black Ice" recently won a National Space Society contest.