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How to Line an Outdoor Wire Hanging Baskets With Spanish Moss

By Jenny Harrington ; Updated September 21, 2017
Moss-lined baskets blend with flowers without overpowering them.

Hanging baskets filled with bright green foliage and colorful blooms add color to entryways, gardens and outdoor seating areas. Wire baskets are an attractive alternative to the standard hanging plastic pots, as they add a more organic look to your hanging displays and do not overpower the flowers. Wire baskets must be lined, otherwise the soil and flowers slip out between the wires. Spanish moss lining material is readily available at garden centers and adds a natural touch to the basket.

Fill a bucket with lukewarm water. Place the dry Spanish moss into the bucket and leave it to soak for 30 minutes to one hour.

Remove the moss from the bucket. Squeeze out the excess water from the moss so it is as damp as a wrung-out sponge.

Set flat-bottomed wire baskets on a flat surface. Place round-bottomed baskets on the open end of a bucket so they stay steady as you work.

Lay the Spanish moss over the bottom of the basket. Cover the bottom with a 1/2- to 1-inch layer of the moss. Continue laying the moss up the sides, maintaining the same thickness, until it overhangs the basket's rim by 1/4 inch.

Fill the lined basket half full with your preferred potting soil. Water the soil until it is damp then finish filling the basket to within 1 inch of the rim. Water a second time so the soil is evenly moist throughout, then plant the basket as desired.


Things You Will Need

  • Bucket
  • Spanish moss
  • Basket
  • Soil


  • Coconut coir sheets can be substituted for Spanish moss when lining baskets.


  • Spanish moss wicks moisture out of the soil, so your plants may require more frequent watering than other styles of baskets.

About the Author


Jenny Harrington has been a freelance writer since 2006. Her published articles have appeared in various print and online publications. Previously, she owned her own business, selling handmade items online, wholesale and at crafts fairs. Harrington's specialties include small business information, crafting, decorating and gardening.