If you have ever priced ready-made hanging baskets lined with sphagnum moss, you know how expensive they can be. Instead of purchasing one of these expensive hanging baskets from a nursery, make your own for a fraction of the price. Sphagnum moss is readily available in many gardening nurseries. With a simple wire basket and the sphagnum moss, you have everything you need for the project.
Remove the sphagnum moss from the packaging and pull it apart into pieces approximately as large as one hand.
Fill the bucket with cool water and place each sphagnum moss piece into the water. Push the sphagnum moss down under the surface of the water. Allow the moss to soak in the water for approximately 30 minutes.
Place the wire basket onto a work surface.
Pull one clump of sphagnum moss out of the bucket at a time and begin pressing it into the inside of the wire basket. Starting at the bottom of the basket, push the sphagnum moss pieces firmly into the sides of the basket. Work your way up from the bottom of the basket to the sides until you have covered the entire inside of the basket with between 1 and 2 inches of sphagnum moss.
Push as hard as you can against the moss around the entire interior edge of the basket to compress it firmly into the basket.
Add potting soil to the basket to fill it half full. Add the plants you wish to plant in the hanging basket, filling the basket so it is full of plants. Add more potting soil around the roots of the plants to finish planting the plants. Push the potting soil in firmly to fill the basket completely with potting soil. This will ensure the sphagnum moss stays firmly against the edges around the wire basket.
Water the hanging basket generously immediately after you plant the flowers.