Sphagnum moss, also known as bog or peat moss, grows naturally in standing water, forming bogs. Common species of sphagnum moss include S. cristatum, S. australe, S. falcatulum, S. subnitens, S. squarrosum, and S. subsecundum. This common moss is fast growing and spreads quickly, making it a renewable resource that many use for moisture retention in planters. Sphagnum moss also possesses natural bacterial fighting abilities and was used in World War I as a wound dressing. Sphagnum moss is simple to use and beneficial for potted plants as a liner, as it acts like a sponge absorbing and retaining moisture while keeping its natural acidity.
Pull the moss bail apart and place it into a bucket of water.
Soak the sphagnum moss for 30 minutes.
Take the clumps of moss out of the bucket and press them into the sides of the wrought iron hanging container.
Place the moss in the bottom of the container first, then build up the sides, making sure to leave a space in the middle for soil.
Fill the center of the hanger with potting soil, and add any desired plants.