It’s my first year of owning my own home and I’ve always wanted to recreate my mums beautiful hanging basket display! Growing more and more flowers has definitely taken me out of my comfort zone so I have done lots of research and found some useful tips I want to share!
I brought my plug plants from Aldi back in February. I got 18 in a pack for £1.99 so I really couldn’t complain! I went with Lobelia and Petunia as they looked the prettiest! As soon as I got home I potted them on to keep them happy until I had time to plant them in their final positions.
I brought my hanging baskets from Wilko and the main reason why I went for this type is because I loved the modern shape (which didn’t make it easy for planting) and because it wasn’t a solid planter, meaning I can poke plants through the coir lining to exaggerate the trailing plants.
All of these tips we’re gotten after a long phone call with my mum and a good hour spend on google:
Cut holes in the coir lining with scissors to make a X hole. Only do this if you plan to plant seedlings into the whole of the hanging basket. I made 12 holes to place small seedlings in.
Line the basket with a black bin liner and cut through where the holes line up. This will create a seal inside the hanging basket, preventing the soil from drying out in warm weather.
Place a small saucer at the bottom of the basket. Ultimately this will act as a mini reservoir for the growing season and will reduce the amount of watering needed.
The soil! I’ve used a multipurpose compost mixed with a small amount of homemade compost to give some extra nutrients. I also added water saving gel granules. These can either be presoaked and added or simply mixed in with the soil. If you don’t presoak remember that the soil will expand so don’t fill your baskets right to the top.
Adding your plants can be tricky if you want to arrange them all around the basket. If your seedlings are fairly small they will be easy to poke through. My top tip for bigger seedlings is to gently wrap newspaper around the leaves to protect them whilst they are being forced through the coir. Start off with the seedlings at the bottom and cover with compost before adding the next layer.
The final step is to plant the top of the basket and give them a good water. Mine are still in the greenhouse and have begun flowering already. It is important to deadhead throughout the flowering period as this will encourage more flowers to bloom. I’ve added a top dressing of all purpose continuous release plant food.
Hope any of this advice helps! I will post photos over on my Facebook and Instagram page showing progress!