How to Plant a Hanging Basket

Although often thought of as an outdoor feature, there is no reason why a hanging basket cannot be used indoors.

It is common to see hanging baskets outdoors throughout the year, but much less common to find them indoors. As many plants will grow as well in a basket a;; in a pot, there is no reason for this, apart from the practicalities of positioning and watering it. In a conservatory, the basket can be hung from the roof or a wall bracket, as long as the increased weight is taken into account. Methods of watering out-of-reach plants have been devised by manufac­turers, with the availability of self-watering bas­kets and water-retaining gels.

Choosing the plants

Exactly the same rules apply to an indoor basket as to an outdoor one, in that it needs height in the center, color in the middle, and something to trail over the sides. The difference here is that your cho­sen plants must all have similar requirements in terms of temperature, light, and humidity.

Maintaining the basket

The soil mix in the basket can be enhanced by the addition of water-retaining gel, to reduce the frequency of watering, and slow-release fertilizer to make sure that the plants are well-fed.

Maintenance then only becomes a matter of checking the basket on a regular basis to add water, turning the basket if the light is lopsided, and picking- off any fading flowers.

It may be desirable to change the flowering plants once they have faded and replace them with fresh ones. Rather than dismantling the whole basket, which causes disturbance to foliage plants, flowering plants can be left in their individual pots and plunged into the soil. They will be able to take up moisture through the holes in the base of the pots, although they will need fertilizing separately. As they fade, the pots can then be lifted out ant new ones inserted, causing little or no disturbance to the rest of the display.