Growing hanging baskets isn’t as easy as it looks! You have to make sure that they don’t dry out plus that they’re getting enough nutrients and water. Having the right plants in your hanging basket is essential as well. Here are some great tips for growing hanging baskets this season.
Hanging Basket Essentials
Pick up a hanging basket with a coco liner as it helps to retain water and lets the roots breathe. If there is not a plastic liner, add a layer of plastic wrap or a trash bag on the bottom with teeny tiny holes pocked through. Next, mix one third organic potting soil, with one third vermiculite or perlite to one third earthworm castings. This potting soil mixture has a lot of water retention properties which is essential for hanging baskets.
Hanging Basket Flowers and Plants
On the outer edges of hanging baskets you want to have plants that trail down. Some of the best plants for hanging baskets are petunias, lobelia, geraniums, begonias, fuchsia, and alyssum. You can also add herbs and vegetables that love to trail down like strawberries, tomatoes, thyme, rosemary, and oregano. In the center of the hanging basket you can add a tall plant or keep the basket with just trailing plants.
Watering and Other Tips
If you live in any higher than Zone 7, invest in a hanging basket drip irrigation kit. The fastest way to lose your basket is to let it dry out. Hanging baskets lose water faster than any other container. In temperatures over 80 degrees, they need to be watered daily. If temps are above 95, then they should be watered in the morning before daybreak and again in the evening. Extreme heat stresses out the plants but with a constant source of water they will do alright.
Make sure to add more of the potting soil mix you made every few weeks to the basket. When you water it, some of that soil leeches out of the basket. The plants will use the added potting soil as they fertilizer since the earthworm castings are filled with all the nutrients that they need to continue blooming.