Hanging Baskets Made Easy
28 Aug, 2021
Before going too far it's worth remembering that you generally need to be able to keep your basket cool, moist, and well-fed. Due to the increased airflow and drainage, the potting mix in a hanging basket will dry out quicker than an ordinary pot and is harder to keep cool.
So to help, here are a few points worth remembering when selecting the materials and plants to make up your basket.
It is definitely possible to create gorgeous displays in small baskets, however it's easier to keep the plants happy in a bigger basket. There is more soil to hold moisture, a lower surface area to soil ratio. So to make things easier, use bigger baskets where possible.
Keeping it Moist
Saturaid can also be bought separately, and unlike water crystals can be sprinkled onto the top of potting mix and watered in.
Sphagnum moss is also a great resource. It can be pressed against the coconut liner or mixed through the soil, and will absorb and then slowly release an impressive amount of water.
Positioning your baskets so that they are shaded through the hottest part of the afternoon can also help slow down any drying out of the soil.
Choosing the Right Mix
This depends on what type of plants you are growing in your basket.
Cacti and Succulents
Use a free draining mix such as Kings Potting Mix or Yates Cacti and Succulent Mix. Unlike most other plants they like it dry. A mix that retains too much moisture will often cause the plants to rot. Which makes them a great choice if you are not particularly good at watering.
Use a mix that will hold moisture. To make it really easy, a premium potting mix such as Tui Pot Power is great. It contains a 9 month slow release fertiliser and Saturaid, a soil wetter made from coconut fibre that swells up, which increases the water holding capacity of the soil.
There are heaps and heaps of different plants that will look great in a basket, from the range of flowers that you'll regularly see to cacti, succulents and even edibles.
To get a really full look it's often worth planting fairly upright plants in the middle, with some sprawling plants round the side, which will cascade down.
At this time of the year petunias, snapdragons, alyssum, lobelia, and marigolds all look great. But for more planting ideas, including some edibles and perennials that look stunning in hanging baskets check out the list at the end of this article.
Making Your Basket
Most mixes will contain a slow release fertiliser. However, with the exception of cacti and succulents, most plants will need some supplementary feeding. Use either Kings Fast Food Fertiliser, or Aquaticus Organic Garden Booster for an organic option.
Deadhead spent flowers and replace annual plants after they have passed their best. Many perennial plants need to be cut back periodically to ensure that they don't begin to look tired.
Our Top Plants for Hanging Baskets
Cineraria Silver Dust
Cacti & Succulents