One of the quickest and easiest ways to liven up a porch, patio, decking or drive is to add colourful winter hanging baskets or two – and they aren’t just for summer! By planting with winter varieties, you will add a warm welcome at the chilliest time of the year.
Print Off Your Winter Hanging Baskets Guide!
Duration: 10-20 minutes
You Will Need:
There are lots of designs to choose from but for beginners we’d recommend using low maintenance Easy Fill Baskets.
(approx. 12 plants for a 30cm basket)
A good, all-round choice to grow at this time is Primrose Plants – Rambo, offering strong scent and vibrant colours.
We recommend using specialist, lightweight compost, moisture-retaining compost for baskets.
Method: 10 Steps to a Dazzling Display!
Prepare Your Winter Hanging Baskets or Container
- Step 1: Remove or move aside the chain and balance your hanging basket on a bucket or large plant pot, making sure it’s quite stable.
- Step 2: Fit your chosen liner – wire baskets need lining with moss or a basket liner, plastic hanging baskets do not require a liner.
- Step 3: Fill the basket with compost up to the point where you want to add the first layer of plants – this is usually the trailing plants, which will dangle beautifully from the sides.
- Step 4: Make a hole in the liner (if using) or pop-out the planting panels. Carefully feed the roots of the plant from the outside of the basket, so that the root ball lies on the top of the compost.
- Step 5: Working around the basket, add plants at intervals to complete the layer.
- Step 6: Cover the roots with compost, firm it down and repeat steps 4 and 5 above until the sides are fully planted.
- Step 7: Next, add upright plants to the centre of the basket – leave a little room, so that you can easily water the plants.
Check Your Wall Bracket
- Step 8: All baskets require a strong wall bracket – a watered basket can be very heavy!
Hang Up Your Winter Hanging Basket!
- Step 9: Hang your basket up and water it until the water drains from the bottom.
- Step 10: Stand back and admire your handiwork!
- Turn baskets occasionally, so that all plants receive sufficient light.
- Protect plants from frosts with horticultural fleece.
- Check the surface of the soil and water when dry – when you do water, keep going until the water drains from the bottom.
- Deadhead to keep the blooms coming.
- Feed every couple of weeks with a liquid fertiliser.
We hope you have enjoyed our lockdown project guides all about hanging baskets and be sure to stay tuned as there a plenty more to come this month!
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