How to plant a hanging basket
you are using a traditional basket shape basket then sit it in bucket
or tub to keep it steady whilst you fill it.
Line it with your preferred choice of liner. Traditional spgagnum moss
is most replaced by liners these days - either fibre matting or green
fabric. You can use black polythene or carpet underlay if you like.
It's just got to be something pourous to let water through and to stop
the soil coming out of the holes in the tub.
Make holes in the liner where you want plants coming out.
Put some hanging basket compost in the bottom. Push through the plants
from the outside of the basket being careful not to damage them. Put
some compost on top to firm them down. Layer round the plants so you
have plenty in the basket. Put some trailing plants in the top of the
basket as well as some more upright or climbing plants.
Water the basket well and keep the basket somewhere warm and out of
the wind for a few days - hung in the greenhouse with the door open
duriong the day - or hang outside but bring in at night for a couple
of days until the plants have settled in. A sudden shock of putting
plants out can stop them growing. You don't need to do this if you have
been hardening off the plants properly but they might benefit from it
as it's a shock to their roots to be transplanted.
You can also sprinkle a handful of water retaining crystals in with
the compost! This is very good for baskets as they dry out quickly and
the crystals help to hold on to the water when you water them.
You can also buy slow release plant food sticks. These are simple to
use - just pop one in the basket as you're filling it with compost.
baskets are usually at eye level so you want to have plants that will
trail down as well as go up. Having central upright plants in the basket
make it appear talled too and if you have a climber in there it might
climb up the chains holding the basket up.
Plamts like impatiens, begonias, geraniums, lobelia and petunias are
all lovely plants to have. You could use any bedding plants but use
a mixture of trailing and tall ones.
For an autumn hanging basket use ivy and pansies or other hardy autumn
When you water check if plants need deadheading as this encourages
them more to continue to flower.