How to Plant a Hanging Basket

If you are enamored of the balls of bloom displayed in public gardens and theme parks, bring that look home to your yard. Instead of using a plastic hanging basket, where it takes all summer for the plants to inch their way around the pot to cover it, begin with a spherical metal basket frame and liner. A custom basket kit becomes a sphere of color with little effort. Best of all, you don't need to be an experienced gardener to succeed. Use the same principles of care as you do for other hanging baskets.

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How to Make a Hanging Basket

If you start with a basket kit, slip a precut liner into the metal basket. Align holes in the liner with openings in the basket frame. Or, you can craft your own liner by purchasing liner material in bulk and cutting it to fit your basket. Cut holes in the liner to form planting pockets, and start planting.

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Display Options

You can showcase your finished basket by dangling it from a swivel hook or mounting it on a column. Some basket kits provide hardware to attach the metal basket to a wooden or metal post. That's the easiest, quickest approach.

Some baskets are designed to perch atop narrow metal rods. These fit into larger base pots that you also fill with quick-color plants. The result is a double-decker garden sure to earn compliments. Other baskets fit into specialized stands in a freestanding planter on a patio or deck.

No matter which display option you choose, when you plant the top and sides of a hanging basket, you create a quick-color container with incredible flower power.

Hanging Basket How-to

For a look that's tough to beat, dress your yard with beautiful globes overflowing with flowers. Start with a ball-shape hanging basket and coir liner.

1. Fill

Fit the coir liner into both baskets, and fill with a quality potting 
mix designed for container use. Add moisture-retentive crystals and slow- release fertilizer if your mix doesn't contain them. Use a marker to dot the liner where you'll add plants. Space planting holes evenly, 2-3 inches apart.

2. Assemble

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. Slip out the cardboard, and snap the baskets together. Use a sharp knife to cut planting holes in the coir.

3. Plant

Before planting, 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. Hang the basket, then water thoroughly.

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