Watering Hanging Plants

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September 19, 2017

Watering Hanging Baskets - very droopy petuniasAfter a couple of days in the sunshine, the leaves on my hanging basket of petunias look pitiful. To bring them back to life, I put water in a pan and put the basket in the pan to soak up the water overnight. The next day, the dirt in the basket is heavy with water and the leaves on the flowers look lively again. This is easy and there is no dripping when I hang the basket back up.


Watering Hanging Baskets - closeup of droopy petunias
Watering Hanging Baskets - hanging basket and plastic tub
Watering Hanging Baskets - after watering
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November 6, 2004

Water hanging plants with a few ice cubes, rather than the watering pail. The cubes will melt slowly and will be absorbed whereas water poured in often runs straight through and pours out.

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March 24, 2011

One of the most critical parts of caring for hanging baskets is to make sure the soil mix never dries out. Here are a few simple tips to make watering hanging baskets less of a chore.

Watering Hanging Baskets

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July 29, 2013

Freeze water bottles with either plain water or water with diluted plant food. Once frozen, open the cap and invert the bottle into your houseplants.


The ice will melt slowly and drip into the plant and soak the soil rather than pouring through and out the drainholes.

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June 10, 2011

I came up with an idea and it's made life so much easier on me and on my plants. They don't get neglected like they did before when I just didn't feel like climbing up to do them.

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June 4, 2015

A simple way to ensure that water gets to the heart of your basket or container is to insert a piece of hose or pipe long enough to reach the centre of the container. For hanging baskets often two are required, one each side.

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