Planting 101: How to Make a Hanging Basket

wire basket plant
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Experiment with your own combination of plants, or try Rhipsalis, sedums, staghorn ferns, and senecios, which all do well grown this way.

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Prep Your Space

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Place an old towel in the base of a low, wide garden pot. This will help keep the round-bottomed wire basket steady while you’re planting.

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Line with Moss

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Begin by filling the basket with sheet or sphagnum moss, green-side facing out. Be careful to cover the space fully, so there are no gaps or holes.

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Trim the Basket Liner

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Using sharp scissors or pruners, cut a coconut coir liner to fit neatly inside the basket. You don’t want to see any of the liner over the top.

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Scoop in Soil

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Add potting mix, leaving room for the plants (so it’s about two-thirds full). We use a blend especially made for containers that includes perlite, peat moss, vermiculite, and sand.

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Add Plants

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Pot up the basket with succulents, like this trailing jade (Kleinia petraea, also known as Senecio jacobsenii). Fill in with additional soil, as you would when planting a regular container.

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Attach the chain, and place the basket in a bright location. Water thoroughly. When the threat of frost is gone, hang it outside in a sunny spot.

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