Hanging Basket Class

Hanging Baskets add architectural texture to your garden. Small Spaces need plants too.

Plants may need to be controlled (mint, wedelia, Australian violet.) Water May be an issue for certain plants

(Mint likes water, Lavender doesn’t) dirty  having

Protection from the weather (Sun, Rain, Cold)

Hanging baskets will do all of the above with ease. This is the best way to garden without getting dirty or having to dig big holes.

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Before you Plant:


Where will you place your completed hanging basket? How will the basket be viewed in this location?

Will this basket be viewed from the front or from all sides? Will it be hung high or low?

Maybe You don’t want to hang it all.


Does this area get sun, morning sun, afternoon sun, bright light, shade?

The answer to this question will allow you to pick plants that will thrive.


Now pick your container, remember that once it is filled with soil and plants it will be heavy. Pick one that will be easy to hang in your chosen location.

Make sure the container has good drainage.


We like to use Baccto soil. This soil is lightweight and drains well.

Plant Selection

Pick plants that will complement each other and the area of your garden or patio that you have

chosen to place the hanging.

Pick Plants that will thrive in the amount of sun or shade the basket will get.

Pick plants that have similar water needs.

Pick a variety of plants that have different leaf textures and growing habits to ass depth to the basket.

Plant Arrangements

Before you plant, place plants in the basket and move them around until you like the look.

Keep in mind how the basket will be viewed when arranging your plants and the mature size of the plants.

You are ready to plant

Add soil in your basket. Fill the basket to 1″ or 2″ from the top

Arrange your plants. When removing plants from the original containers be gentle supporting the

stems and roots as you remove the plant. Plant these plant level they were in the original

container. Make sure that you get soil in all the spaces between the plants and the edges of basket. More

soil may be needed after the first water. Leave an inch or two at the top of your basket.


Water your hanging basket as needed. In the summer that could. In the summer that could be once or twice

a day. In the winter you may need to water just once or twice a week. Watering depends on how much sun,

wind, or rain the hanging basket receives and which plants you picked. The best way to test the soil is with

your finger.

Fertilize your hanging basket more often than plants in the ground. How often? That depends on the

fertilizer you use. A foliar fertilizer needs to be applied every 2 weeks. Granular fertilizer usually needs to be applied every 4 to 6 weeks.

We recommend Microlife Fertilizer for all your plants. To protect your hanging basket during a freeze take the basket off its hook and place on the ground then water it well. If the plants are tender to frost then cover or take in.