Hanging baskets draw attention since the bountiful display of blooms is closer to eye level. Coconut liners, made from the inner husk of coconuts, add a natural touch to your baskets that complements the plants instead of detracting from them. The coconut fibers wick moisture out of the soil, which can cause it to dry out too quickly. Making the basket correctly helps minimize this issue so your plants thrive and grow well throughout the warm days of summer.
1 Press the coconut liner into the hanging basket frame. Trim the top of the liner with a utility knife, if necessary, so it doesn't protrude more than 1 inch above the rim of the frame.
2 Cut a piece of plastic mulch to fit inside the lined basket. Line the inside of the coconut liner with the plastic, trimming it down so it doesn't protrude above the coconut liner. Make three to five holes in the bottom section of the plastic to allow for drainage.
3 Fill the basket half-full with moistened potting soil. Lift the plants from their nursery pots and place them on top the soil in the desired arrangement. Set taller plants near the center of the basket and arrange smaller plants around the edges.
4 Finish filling the basket with potting soil until the plants are at the same depth they were at in their nursery pots. The top of the soil should be no more than 1 inch beneath the basket rim.
5 Hang the basket from a sturdy hook in an area that receives the required amount of sunlight for the particular plant varieties. Avoid areas exposed to winds, which cause the basket to dry out quicker.
6 Check the soil in the basket daily and water it when the top 1 inch begins to feel dry. Mix 1 tablespoon of 25-8-16 soluble fertilizer into a gallon of water and water the plants with this solution once a week.
Items you will need
- Plastic sheeting
- Potting soil
- Watering can
- 25-8-16 soluble fertilizer
- Coconut liners made with attached inner plastic liners are available. These don't require a second sheet of plastic inside.
- Label fertilizer and watering cans prominently. Keep them out of the reach of children.
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