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Hanging baskets are a great way to dress up your yard and garden. Not only do they add color and interest, but because ornamentals, herbs, and vegetables can all be successfully grown in them, hanging baskets are also an excellent way increase your available planting space.
If your basket dries out, you may be able to revive it by submerging it in a bucket of water, and allowing it to absorb as much moisture as possible. Use a swivel hook and rotate baskets frequently to make sure plants get even exposure to available light.
Feeding: Tomatoes and flowering ornamentals need weekly feedings. Use a high-potash liquid organic fertilizer. Herbs will get by fine if fed twice monthly with an all purpose organic liquid fertilizer.
Deadheading: Removing spent blooms regularly will help prolong the life of your display and give you the opportunity to check for insect problems.
When planting hanging baskets, put Styrofoam peanuts in the bottom instead of stones. The plants do not stand in water and the baskets will not be so heavy.
By Barbara Kamm from Middletown, DE
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I have 3 different size pots to use here. I'm wanting to fill these with potting soil and flowers and mount on a telephone pole by our curb. Does anyone have any ides how to do this and what flowers I should use? Thanks.
By donita from MO
Before you do this, you should check with the phone company and see if they will allow it. They sometimes have to access the lines for repair by climbing the pole. Not sure they want to deal with obstructions.
Harlean from Arkansas
I have 2 patio boxes for planting in. I am using trailing ivy, baby's breath and poppies right now, but I need to know what flowers bloom all summer so I will have blooms all summer. The hanging boxes get the morning and noon sun.
By Cheryl Doi
Bat wing, or angel wing, begonias. They are very prolific; foliage as pretty as their ongoing blooms.
With the amount of sun you get in the bottom of your basket, place a small bowl right side up and then fill with potting soil. You won't have to worry as much about watering 2 times a day on hot days. The baskets won't dry out so bad.
Purple oxalis is good and does great in baskets, airplane plants also do good. Afro does great and survives easy.
Portulaca. This is my second year of having portulcaca in a hanging basket on my deck. Bloomed well into fall last year. Loves the sun, so would do well in your morning and noon sun spot. Portulaca comes in numerous colors, solid and dual colors.
What zone are you in? Cone flowers or daises are a good choice.
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.
Wave Petunias, Supertunias, Surfinias, Cascadia Petunias, Super Cascade Petunias, Tidal Wave Petunias, Million Bells, Bacopa, Star Series Zinnias, Ivy Geraniums, Scaevola, Trailing Lobelia, Verbena (Taipan), Superbena, Nerembergia, Black Eyed Susan Vine, Nemesia, Sutera, Impatiens,Bagonias, Mums, Coleus, and many others. Try Strawberries or Tomatoes with some mixed vegetable varieties for a great patio garden using the 14 Basket or 20 Planter Box.
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!
I was just wondering if anybody has planted moonflowers or morning glories in hanging baskets? Will they hang down instead of climb up? Should I get some twine and hang over the edges so that they have something to hang onto?
Morning glories will hang down. I used to have one in a hanging basket.
I always see these beautiful hanging baskets at the stands and the flowers just flow and are full and rounded. My question is how do you maintain the flowers to keep this full rounded shape over the summer? Mine always seem to get straggly and thin even when keeping them watered. I try to dead head, but that doesn't always help to keep the shape of the basket.
Fertilize and trim. Where I work they sometimes change out the plants every few months (a gardening center does this)
Planting your own flower basket not only allows you to choose the plants yourself it can also help save you some money. This is a page about planting a hanging flower basket.
This is a page about cheap hanging basket ideas. Creating a beautiful hanging basket of flowers does not have to be expensive.