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Add a splash of colour to your garden!

Items Required:

  • Basket- wired or solid sided (like a rattan basket)
  • Basket liner – if using a wired basket
  • Compost- peat free container & basket
  • Slow-release fertiliser- such as Miracle-Gro All Purpose Continuous Release Fertiliser
  • Water retaining crystals- such as Miracle-Gro Moisture Control Gel
  • Pot or bucket- up-turned to support the basket
  • Basket plants – choose a mixture of upright and trailing plants.

How many plants do I need?

A general rule of thumb for hanging baskets is to use one plant per inch of basket diameter- e.g. 12 plants per 30cm (12 inch) hanging basket. The only exception to this is when you use strong-growing plants such as fuchsias and geraniums. For these varieties, you’ll only need to use 5 plants per 30cm (12 inch) hanging basket.

Planting your hanging basket

  • Rest the basket on an up-turned pot to keep it stable
  • If using a wire basket, add the liner so it is snug in the basket. This doesn’t apply if you are using a rattan basket
  • Fill the basket by two-thirds of compost, slow-release fertiliser and water-retaining crystal mixture and firm down
  • Insert your chosen centre plant
  • Add any trailing plants around the edge
  • Fill any gaps with assorted upright basket plants
  • Fill in any gaps with further compost mix and firm down
  • Water well and hang in position.
Top Tips: 
Use a light liquid fertiliser once every 2 weeks- this will ensure your plants are getting the nutrients they need to grow and thrive.
Dead-head throughout the season- this encourages stronger growth and more flowers.