To get started you will need wire baskets, with a coir or sphagnum moss liner, a good potting soil, slow-release fertiliser and water-retaining crystals. Balancing the basket on a bucket will make it easier to plant up.
Next is the fun part, choosing which plants to grow to create an amazing, eye-popping display! Ivy geraniums, Pansies, Bacopa, Violas, Alyssum, Lobelia, Million Bell petunias, Plectranthus, trailing Fuschias and Diascias are all fantastic plants to use.
A taller plant, such as a Fuschia, Perlagonium, Coleus or Salvia will provide height to the centre of the display.
With your lined basket balanced on a bucket add the potting compost, mixing in some fertiliser and the water-retaining granules.
Fill the basket to the top, press the soil down firmly. It’s a good idea to water the basket well at this point as this will allow the soil to settle, and you can top up with more soil if needed. Consider where you will be hanging your finished baskets, whether it’s going to be in full sun or shade, as this will affect how the plants thrive.
Most hanging baskets need at least 3 to 4 hours of good sunlight to flourish and during Summer all baskets will need watering once a day, either early morning or in the evening.
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