Planting a Fall Hanging Basket

by Lee Wyatt
(last updated September 10, 2013)

1

If you love to garden, but only have a small amount of space you may want to consider a hanging basket. One of the great things about a hanging basket is that you can easily change it out as the seasons change. Here are a few guidelines you can follow when planting a fall hanging basket.

  • Choose the proper container. When planting a fall hanging basket, you need to make sure that you have the best possible container. While terra cotta pots are popular they do have a tendency to suck moisture out of the soil. This means that you could potentially need to water the plant more often than you would like. Additionally, you will want to have something attached to the container, or directly underneath it, that can catch any water or dirt that falls out of the container.
  • Research your plants. As with any gardening endeavor you need to do some research into the plants you are thinking of having in the basket. Ideally you will want to have no more than five plants, all different colors that will be able to live in close proximity to each other. In addition you will want to make sure that you know what the general care requirements of the plants are as well so that you can take care of the plants like they need to be.
  • Don't overload your planter. Be careful that you don't overload the planter with either soil or plants. If you are using a 12 inch planter you really only want to have, at most, four plants in it. Otherwise you are looking to crowd the plants and their roots. This will make the plants less likely to thrive. Furthermore, you will want to fill the planter about two-thirds of the way full with your soil mix and then compact it down. This will help the planter retain water.
  • Create a good soil mix. Before you begin putting the plants or even the soil into the planter you need to actually create a good soil mix. You can always purchase some premade potting mix from your local nursery, but it never hurts to make your own. A fairly decent mix can be obtained by mixing together one part peat moss, with one part slow acting fertilizer or compost, and two parts top soil.

Unless you are planning on planting a fern or other perennial type of plant, hanging baskets are only good for a single season. In the event that you are planning on having your hanging basket around for longer than a single season make sure you are adding nutrients to the soil as needed. Otherwise you will end up needing to buy a new plant and go through the whole planting process again.

Author Bio

Lee Wyatt

Contributor of numerous Tips.Net articles, Lee Wyatt is quickly becoming a regular "Jack of all trades." He is currently an independent contractor specializing in writing and editing. Contact him today for all of your writing and editing needs! Click here to contact. ...

MORE FROM LEE

Removing Stains from Tupperware

Tupperware has got to be one of the greatest inventions for the kitchen of all time. These wonderful storage containers help ...

Discover More

Organizing DVDs

Compared to the old videocassette, DVDs don't take up a whole lot of space. That being said though, it's all relative. While ...

Discover More

Making Your Own Task Basket

Are you having a difficult time figuring out where to begin your organizing? If so, then maybe you need to try making your ...

Discover More
More Gardening Tips

Poppy Gardens

If you have ever seen the poppy flower, then you know just how beautiful these little plants can be. What's even more ...

Discover More

Artificially Pollinating Flowers

Not only does pollinating your flowers allow them to flourish and thrive, but also allow you to experiment and create new ...

Discover More

Deck Flower Boxes

Whether you live in the city and only have a small balcony, or live in the suburbs and have an even larger deck, you can't ...

Discover More
Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Receive an e-mail several times each week with a featured gardening tip. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

Comments

If you would like to add an image to your comment (not an avatar, but an image to help in making the point of your comment), include the characters [{fig}] in your comment text. You’ll be prompted to upload your image when you submit the comment. Maximum image size is 8Mpixels. Images larger than 600px wide or 1000px tall will be reduced. Up to three images may be included in a comment. All images are subject to review. Commenting privileges may be curtailed if inappropriate images are posted.

What is 6 - 3?

2014-04-06 22:09:36

Loma Sommerfeld

I purchased 20 Verbena Candy Cane plants for my vertical wall and though they seemed to flourish they have now all (or nearly all) died.) Did I over water them? I thought they liked water and full sun. The idea is to have them flow over the pot below them and make a nice display. Maybe you can recommend a different plant if you think these are not suitable.


Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Receive an e-mail several times each week with a featured gardening tip. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

(Your e-mail address is not shared with anyone, ever.)