Hanging flower baskets filled with beautiful plants and flowers add a lot of beauty to our homes and lives. They add color whether indoors or out. It is always nice to bring nature into our lives and hanging flower baskets are a great way to accomplish it. The baskets need to be easy to maintain in order to make them enjoyable instead of a burden.
Plant Selection for Hanging Flower Baskets
Plant choice is important in achieving a successful flowering basket. There are several varieties of plants that lend themselves well to the hanging basket. Flowering plants that make big full baskets are those that will trail such as petunias, fuchsia, dianthus or impatiens. They can be mixed with green plants like ferns, succulents and ivy. They grow quickly filling and overflowing the basket. They will live all year if moved inside for the winter.
Hanging Flower Basket Selection
Choosing the right hanging basket is as important as choosing the right plant. Hanging baskets lose moisture more quickly than other potted plants. They need a container that is good at retaining moisture. A basket made of natural fibers looks good and works well. The most popular are made of coconuts. These can be set down into a bucket of water and they will soak up the water and retain it for an extended time. They need to be re-soaked about once a week. In addition, the plants still need to be watered frequently. Plastic containers help prevent evaporation through the sides of the basket but are not as pretty as the natural fibers.
Hanging a Flower Basket
Use a strong support and attach it to a solid surface that can support the weight. Hanging basket are surprisingly heavy especially when they are watered. A nice simple black metal hanger tends to look good with almost any decor. Sheppard’s hooks are also an alternative to permanently attaching a hangar to the deck or house. They do need to be secured though, so that they do not topple over in storms or wind.
Baskets are portable and can provide a lot of color and texture to patios, porches and even indoors. In general green plants are easier to grow than flowers. The key points are choosing hearty plants, baskets designed to help hold moisture and having them secured against wind and storms. When the weather begins to cool, they need to be brought inside and placed where they are easy to water yet continue to receive sun.