How to Plant a Stunning Sphere Hanging Basket in Just 20 Minutes

Maximize your flower power by creating a double hanging basket. Your plants will become a gorgeous spectacle of color in no time.

Project Overview
  • Working Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Skill Level: Kid-friendly

In a regular hanging basket, it can take a while for the plants to inch their way over the sides of the container and create that pretty, flowing effect. To solve that, try making a sphere with two metal basket frames and coir liners to create extra surface area for a truly impressive floral show. This example uses shade-loving impatiens, but if you want to hang this in a sunny spot, try petunias instead.

What You'll Need

Equipment / Tools

  • 1 Marker
  • 1 Knife
  • 1 Spoon


  • 2 Spherical metal basket frame
  • 2 Coir liner
  • 1 Container potting mix
  • 1 Moisture-retentive crystals
  • 1 Slow-release fertilizer
  • 1 Cardboard
  • 6 Zip ties
  • 24 Plants of choice


planting seeding into hanging basket sphere
Peter Krumhardt
  1. Line and Fill Basket Frames

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

    Related: Why You Should Fertilize Your Plants

    assembling sphere floral hanging pot
  2. Assemble Sphere

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

    Related: How to Make a Perfect Hanging Basket

    assembling small flowers in to hanging pot
    Peter Krumhardt
  3. Plant Flowers

    Use a marker to dot the liners where you'll add plants. Space planting holes evenly, about 3 inches apart. Use a sharp knife or scissors to cut planting holes in the liners.

    Soak the root ball of each plant in water. Squeeze the soil gently to release excess water. Tuck each root ball into a planting hole. Use a spoon, if necessary, dig out a little space. Firm soil around each plant to hold it in place.

    Editor's Tip: Look for plant plugs or cell packs of flowering annuals, which have small root balls. They're easiest to tuck into small spaces and will quickly grow into full-size plants.

    Sphere Planter
    Matt Clark
  4. Hang and Water Your Sphere Hanging Basket

    Reattach the chain to the top of the sphere. Hang the chain from a sturdy support, then water thoroughly.

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