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Know These Hanging Baskets Guide

Hanging crate are extraordinary for little spaces and a splendid approach to add shading to generally boring dividers and wall. They are additionally spectacular for lighting up porches and around entryways.

They are likewise a definitive compartment for developing trailing assortments of intriguing plants whether they are blossoms, vegetables or notwithstanding fascinating foliage.

# Planting

  • Line the basket with fresh moss or a special liner made from cardboard, fibre or foam.
  • Place a saucer in the bottom of the basket to stop water draining straight through.
  • Half fill the basket with a good quality potting compost, such as Miracle-Gro Moisture Control Enriched Compost Pots & Baskets, specifically designed for containers.
  • Slip trailing plants through holes made in the side of the liner and cover the roots with more compost.
  • Plant up the top of the basket with upright bushy plants, making sure you have plenty of trailing ones around the edge too.
  • If you make the basket look full at planting time it will produce a much more colourful, dramatic display.

# Feeding

Good quality composts such as moisture controlling compost contain slow-release plant foods that will feed your plants for up to 6 months. Most other composts will run out of steam early and weekly feeding will be necessary if your plants are to flourish throughout the summer and autumn.

To feed just once a season push continuous release plant food tablets into the compost to feed your plants for the next 6 months. Use four in a standard 30cm (12in) basket, five in a 35cm (14in) and six in anything larger. If you prefer to feed your plants regularly and want fantastic results use soluble plant food or liquid concentrate. Regular feeding will reward you with big, beautiful baskets full of colour for months on end.

# Plants for hanging baskets

Flowers: Fuchsia, Petunia, Verbena, Geranium (Pelargonium), Impatiens, Lobelia, Tuberous Begonia, Bidens.

Foliage: Coleus, Cineraria, Felicia, Helichrysum, Lamium, Nepeta, Sage.

Vegetables and other edibles: Tomatoes (Tumbler), Strawberry, Chive, Thyme, Marjoram.