Maximize your flower power with this hanging sphere planter. In no time, your plants will grow into a stunning ball of color.

By BH&G Garden Editors
Updated September 16, 2019
Read step by step instructions after the video.

In a regular hanging basket, it can take a while for the plants in it to inch their way over the sides of the container and cover it up. Instead, make a sphere with two metal basket frames and coir liners to create extra surface area for a truly impressive floral show. In our example, we use shade-loving impatiens, but if you want to hang this in a sunny spot, try petunias instead.

  • Working time 20 mins
  • Start to finish 20 mins
  • Difficulty Easy
  • Involves Planting
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How to do it

Part 1

planting seeding into hanging basket sphere
Step 1

Line and Fill Basket Frames

Begin with two spherical metal basket frames that come with a coir liner. Remove the chains from the baskets and fit liners into both of them. Fill the liners with a quality potting mix designed for container use. Add moisture-retentive crystals and slow-release fertilizer if your mix doesn't contain them.

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assembling sphere floral hanging pot
Step 2

Assemble Sphere

Place a piece of heavy cardboard over the soil of the basket that will form the top of the globe. Invert the basket, and place it over the base basket. Carefully slip out the cardboard and secure the baskets together, using zip ties to hold them in place. Trim away the extra lengths of the ties.

assembling small flowers in to hanging pot
Step 3

Plant Flowers

Use a marker to dot the liners where you'll add plants. Space planting holes evenly, 2-3 inches apart. Use a sharp knife or scissors to cut planting holes in the liners. To prepare your plants, soak the root balls in a bucket of water. Squeeze the soil gently to release excess water. Tuck each root ball through a planting hole. Use a spoon, if necessary, to loosen the soil. Firm soil around each plant until it's held snugly in place. Reattach the chain to the top of the sphere, hang it up, then water thoroughly.

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Comments (5)

How difficult was this project?
Anonymous
May 28, 2021
Difficulty: Very Easy
After rereading I see the two recommendations but I don’t like how petunias get so long so any other recommended plants would be helpful for sunny locations.
Anonymous
May 28, 2021
Difficulty: Very Easy
What plants work best in this planter?
Anonymous
May 28, 2021
Difficulty: Very Easy
What plants work best in this planter?
Anonymous
January 3, 2021
Difficulty: Very Easy
I am planning on making these this year, but how do you water it?
Anonymous
January 3, 2021
Difficulty: Very Easy
I am planning on making these this year, but how do you water it?

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