How to Plant a Hanging Basket

Hanging baskets are a simple method of brightening up porches and verandas. Planting a basket is easy and shouldn’t take long to do, following these simple steps will ensure your baskets are the envy of all your neighbors.

Hanging Flower Baskets: Angel Wing Begonia and Creeping Jenny

What You Will Need

  • Watering can
  • Gardening fork
  • Gardening trowel
  • Hammer drill
  • Step ladder
  • Wood drill bits
  • Screwdrivers
  • Gloves
  • Hanging baskets
  • Scissors
  • Compost
  • Bucket

These items are all available from Ironmongery Online.

Prepare Your Basket

Place your basket onto a bucket to hold it steady and line it with a wood fibre liner or moss if needed. Place a water saucer or piece of plastic bin liner in the bottom of the basket to retain water. Prepare your compost by mixing a handful of controlled-release fertilizer granules and some water-retaining gel into peat-free multipurpose compost. Add to the basket, patting it down until it reaches 8cm (3 inches) below the rim.


If your basket is a wire one, begin by planting along the sides, starting from the bottom and working upwards; evenly spacing them in two layers. Soak the plants thoroughly with water and remove them from their containers, pull the root balls through from inside the basket and firm into place.

Once the side plants are all planted add some more compost and arrange the top plants into position. Firm the soil around the base of each plant and sprinkle another tablespoon of fertilizer over the top.

Food & Water

If the weather is hot and dry, water the basket and place it in a shady spot for a couple of days. If it is cooler and wet, wait until the weather warms up before watering it thoroughly. In warm weather it is very important to water hanging baskets regularly, especially in warm weather to ensure they don’t dry out, this could be as often as once or twice a day. The plants can be fed using a basket liquid fertilizer.

Hanging the Basket

Make sure you have the correct bracket for the weight and size of the basket. Choose where on the wall you would like the bracket fixing and mark the place for the screws. Using an electric drill and masonry bit make the holes and insert the rawl plugs. Now you can fit the bracket onto the wall and hang the hanging basket from it.

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