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Hanging Basket Tips

3 min read | Apr 2, 2024 | Plants  Resources 

There is nothing more beautiful than to walk down your street and see all the colorful hanging gardens on your neighbors porches. Hanging container gardens are available in a wide range of shapes, sizes, textures and colors… the possibilities are endless! Whether you fancy a splash of color, drought tolerant varieties or the southern staples, we have you covered!

Quick & Easy Care Tips for Your Hanging Basket:

  • Water Wisely
    • Hanging baskets dry out faster than ground plants. Check them daily by feeling the soil; if the top inch is dry, it’s time for a drink. Early morning or late evening is the best time to water.
  • Location, Location, Location
    • Place your hanging basket where it will thrive best. Some plants adore the sun, while others prefer shaded or semi-shaded spots. We’re here to help you choose the right plant for the right place (see more below)!
  • Feed for Success
    • Use a liquid fertilizer every two weeks to keep your plants nourished. This will encourage continuous blooming and lush growth.
  • Groom for Bloom
    • Deadhead spent flowers regularly to encourage new blooms and keep your basket looking its best.
  • Rotation is Key
    • Give your basket a little spin once a week to ensure all sides receive equal light, promoting even growth and flowering.

Sun Exposure

It’s important to select the right plant for the right spot.  Monitor the area in which you plan to hang your hanging basket closely to see how much the sun shines in your spot.  Some plants can tolerate much more sunlight than others.  Some are made for the shade.

  • Full Sun – 6 + Hours of direct sunlight
  • Part Sun – 4-6 Hours of direct sunlight
  • Part Shade – 4-6 Hours of filtered light or mostly shade
  • Full Shade – 6 + Hours of shade

Water & Fertilizer

Some annual hanging baskets will prefer more water throughout the season than others.  Water baskets thoroughly, until water drains out the bottom.  As the summer heat approaches you may have to water every day. You can tell if your plant needs water by the weight of the basket.

During the growing season, fertilize once a week with a high middle number fertilizer (such as Jack’s Bloom Booster) for more prolific blooms.

Growth Habit

The growth habit of a plant refers to the shape, height, appearance, and form of growth of a particular species.  Every plant species has a different growth habit.  Most of the plants we grow in hanging baskets are considered trailing plants, meaning they will continue to grow out and down, creating a full basket and covering the pot. 

However, we also offer hanging basket filled with vines, mixed plant combinations and upright growing plant varieties.  Be sure to choose the right plant to add the right height, texture and color to your perfect spot.  Just tell us what you’re looking for and we’ll guide in the right direction!