How To Plant Hanging Baskets

Difficulty rating: Low

This task should be fairly straightforward regardless of your gardening experience.

There are many advantages to growing in hanging baskets – especially if you have a smaller garden or you would like to brighten up a doorway, wall or patio. Not least, it can mean a complete re-invention of your chosen space every time you plant.

Step 1: Select a hanging basket type

There are 3 different types of hanging basket to choose from:

  • Rattan baskets

    These look great and have a plastic liner which is great for water retention.

  • Plastic baskets

    Great for insulation, helping to protect your plants from strong winds and sunshine.

  • Wire-mesh baskets

    A traditional design that allows for planting in both the top and sides of the basket.

Step 2: Line the hanging basket & add potting compost

Step 3: Build up your basket with plants

  • Rattan & plastic baskets:

    For rattan baskets and plastic baskets with solid sides you will need fewer plants.

    • Up to 3 x centre plants
    • 3 x plants for colour
    • 6 x trailing plants

    Put the trailing plants a few centimetres from the edge of the basket and fill any gaps with the compost mix, then firm the soil around the base of each plant.

  • Standard wire-mesh baskets:

    In a standard wire-mesh 35cm basket you can add lots of plants.

    • Up to 3 x centre plants
    • 5 x plants for colour
    • Between 7-9 plants trailing plants (to trail down the outside of the basket)

Step 4: Add more fertiliser

  • Sprinkle a further tablespoon of controlled-release fertiliser granules over the compost and water well. Fertiliser should be applied throughout the growing season, or alternatively you can use a liquid feed alongside watering the compost weekly.
Top Tips
  • For the best results, ensure that the plant size suits your basket of choice. Good trailing plants are: Petunia Surfina, trailing Fuchsia and Lobelias. For colour add Nemesia and Pansies along with Fuchsias and Geranium.
  • Remove dead flower heads. Not only does it make your basket look tidier, it encourages more flowers.
  • Remember that you don’t have to plant flowers in your hanging basket. Strawberries and tomatoes grow extremely well in hanging baskets and are easy to pick.
  • Generally the basket should be watered once or twice a day, but on hot, dry days water the basket early and hang it in the shade. On cold days, wait until it warms up before watering.
  • Ensure your hanging basket bracket is strong enough to hold the weight of a watered basket.

Hanging baskets will bring visual interest and colour to your garden walls and they’re perfect for framing your doorways with beautiful flowers throughout the spring and summer. Regular watering and feeding will help you to produce a stunning floral display with your baskets and with a great selection of winter hanging basket plants to choose from it’s easy to keep your garden full of greenery throughout the year.

If you want to create your own hanging baskets, you’ll find everything you need at Homebase from compost and fertiliser to flowers, fruit and trailing foliage plants. Or, for a quick and easy solution, you’ll love our pre-planted hanging baskets.

Take a look at our range of hanging baskets and accessories below or visit your local Homebase store.



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