How to Hang Plastic Pots for Planting


Hanging baskets bring flowers and plants up to eye level. They add a touch of greenery to the areas around patios and outdoor structures as well as adding visual interest via colorful flowers. Preparing and hanging a plastic basket correctly ensures that your plants are both safe and properly cared for so they can flourish. Keep in mind that even a lightweight plastic basket may be quite heavy once it is filled with plants and wet soil. Have a second person help to prevent injuries to both you and the plants.

Step 1

Choose where you wish to hang your basket. Pick an area with sturdy roof supports outside or use a stud finder inside to locate a ceiling stud for your plant hook. Make a pencil mark where the hook will go. When choosing the location, also consider how easily you will be able to water the hanging pot.

Step 2

Use a drill bit one size smaller than the hook you are using. Drill into the stud or roof support to make the starter hole for the hook.

Step 3

Screw the hook into the hole you just drilled. Screw it in all the way until it no longer feels loose.

Step 4

Check your plastic basket for drainage holes. Drill four half-inch holes around the bottom of the planter if none are present. Plastic retains moisture more than other materials so proper drainage is imperative.

Step 5

Fill the pot to within 1 inch of the rim with a moist potting mix. With a trowel or dibble, make holes for the plants. Set the plants into the mix at the same depth they were planted in their nursery pots.

Step 6

Hang the basket on the hook by the attached hanger. Have one person on the ground supporting the bottom of the basket while the other stands on the step ladder and slides the hanger over the hook. After the pot is hung, water the plant.

Tips and Warnings

  • Check moisture levels in hanging baskets daily as they dry out more quickly than plants in the ground. Water as needed.

Things You'll Need

  • Stud finder
  • Pencil
  • Hook
  • Drill
  • Hanging pot
  • Soil mix
  • Plants
  • Step ladder


  • Purdue Extension Office: Hanging Baskets
Keywords: hanging baskets, plastic plant pots, installing plant hangers

About this Author

Jenny Harrington is a freelance writer of more than five years' experience. Her work has appeared in "Dollar Stretcher" and various blogs. Previously, she owned her own business for four years, selling handmade items online, wholesale and via the crafts fair circuit. Her specialties are small business, crafting, decorating and gardening.