I received a hanging, plastic lined basket and need advice on what and how much to plant in it so it will be full. Thanks.
Hardiness Zone: 6a
By BJ from MO
Planting and Caring for a Hanging Basket
Please read and follow these instructions carefully and your success will be assured.
1. Pre-moisten enough potting, not potting soil, to fill the container to within 1 &frac; of the top. The 1 &frac; allows for a good watering pool.
2. Fill the container with moist potting mix to the bottom of the bottom row of openings. Insert your desired plants root ball first into the openings laying the root balls on the potting mix with &frac; of stem inside the container. If you are using plants with a root ball larger than 2 then gently push the foliage through the opening from the inside of the container. If you are a wholesale grower or growing for retail, depending on habit of the stock you use, it is not necessary to plant every opening, the potting mix will not wash out of unplanted openings. Plant to your own price point.
3. Add more moist potting mix to the bottom of the second row of openings and repeat step 2 patting down the potting mix and adding more if needed to reach the desired level.
4. Add more moist potting mix to the bottom of the top row of openings. Repeat step 2 again gently patting down the potting mix and add more if necessary.
5. Add more moist potting mix to within 1 &frac; of the top of the container. Repeat step 2 using the same variety of plants you used in the sides. This gives the container a balanced look. Plants in the top should be no more than 3 apart. Water deeply until water drips from the drain holes in the bottom of the container to assure even hydration to all plants in the bottom rows.
Potting Mix Capacities:
10 Basket - &frac; cubic ft.
11 Basket - .80 cubic ft.
12 Basket 1.2 cubic ft.
14 Basket 1.5 cubic ft.
20 Planter 1.8 cubic ft.
40 Planter 3.6 cubic ft.
(varies depending on brand used)
Things to Remember!:
1. Always leave 1 &frac; in the top of the container for a good water pool.
2. Water deeply until water drips from drain holes in the bottom of the container.
3. Fertilize once a week with a good liquid fertilizer that meets the needs of the variety of plants you are using. Ask your Nursery for advice if you are unsure.
4. Use potting mix not potting soil.
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The first question is will it be hung indoors or out? If it'll be indoors my favorite is the Pothos plant. It comes in 2 varieties: solid green or varigated with yellow. Both are beautiful, fast growing, easy to care for, and will last for years. Plus you can propogate many more plants simply from cuttings.
If it'll be outdoors, ivy works great, and begonias are beautiful in a hanging basket, as are geraniums, petunias. In short, any plant that tends to trail over the sides and hang down is perfect for a hanging basket.
Oh! Word of warning tho! Morning glories, altho beautiful will get away from you and overtake you very quickly! So if you plant those, only plant just a very few seeds and keep a daily watch on them!
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