How to Make a Hanging Orchid Planter

Use a streamlined sphere planter to create a dynamic hanging basket for orchids. This easy project can be done in under an hour.

Morchid hanger
Photo: Adam Albright
Project Overview
  • Working Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Skill Level: Kid-friendly

Display gorgeous orchids in a mod metal planter filled with soft moss and groundcover. This arrangement uses chartreuse sedum and Spanish moss for high-contrast against colorful orchid blooms. With the right materials, this project is super simple and ends up looking sleek.

What You'll Need

Equipment / Tools

  • Container for soaking moss


  • 1 Sphere planter
  • Spanish moss
  • Orchids
  • Sphagnum moss
  • Potting soil
  • Groundcover sedum; we used 'Angelica' sedum


  1. adding Spanish moss to sphere planter

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    Fill Bottom With Moss

    Fill the bottom of the planter with Spanish moss, pressing the moss to the sides and leaving a hole in the center. This will result in a bowl-like shape.

  2. adding the wet sphagnum moss with container of soaking moss nearby

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    Soak and Place Sphagnum Moss

    Soak sphagnum moss well in a container for at least 30 seconds. Then, slightly wring out excess water and put the wet sphagnum moss in the center of the Spanish moss.

  3. tucking in orchids in the moss

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    Tuck In Orchids

    Leaving orchids in their nursery pots, tuck them within the sphagnum moss so they are held in place and covered with it.

  4. adding soil layer on top of the sphagnum moss in the planter

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    Add Soil

    Add a 1 inch layer of potting soil on top of the sphagnum moss.

  5. planting sedum in soil around the orchid

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    Plant Sedum

    Plant sedum in the top layer of soil, arranging it around the orchids. Try to cover as much of the exposed dirt with the sedum plants to create a dense groundcover.

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