How to plant a hanging basket

Add a whole new level of interest to your garden with hanging baskets. With the right care, they can provide months of colour in even the tiniest garden

Time required
1 hour
Level of expertise needed
Beginner
How to plant a hanging basket
Hanging baskets bring colour to walls and fences

Equipment


  • Potted plants
  • Hanging basket
  • Basket liner or sphagnum moss
  • Wide short pot and small plastic pot
  • Multipurpose compost
  • Water retaining crystals (optional)
  • Newspaper and scissors

Top tip!

Hanging baskets aren't just for flowers! Try growing herbs or strawberries in them too

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Step 1

Stand the hanging basket on a wide, short pot to keep it stable. If the basket isn't already lined, use moss or a proprietary liner. Mix water retaining crystals into your compost (optional).

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Step 2

Lay a circle of polythene at the base to help retain water. Cut holes in the liner about 5cm (2in) above the base for trailing plants. Fill the basket to that level with compost.

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Step 3

Wrap paper round the root balls of the trailing plants and push them through the holes.. The roots should be level with the compost in the basket. Add extra compost and firm it around the plants.

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Step 4

Put a small plastic pot near the centre of the basket to act as a watering reservoir. Plant short plants at the edge of the basket and taller ones in the centre. Fill in around them with compost and water in well.

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Step 5

Remember to water your hanging basket regularly. Summer baskets (like the begonias at the top of this page) appreciate a weekly feed with liquid fertiliser.

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Step 6

At the end of the season, tip the basket onto the compost heap. Some hardy plants such as ivies can be re-planted in the garden.

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