Container planting is extremely practical for
balconies, decks and in places where other plants won't grow. Watering
is one of the most important components for healthy container plants.
Use at least a 14" basket. Anything
smaller will dry out too quickly. If you're using a half basket go
for a 20" one since there is very little soil once the moss and
plants are added.
Use lightweight soil mixture to keep the
Use a slow release 14-14-14 granular
fertilizer. Hanging baskets are closely packed with plants and will
need a boost during the summer. If the fertilizer is added when the
basket is made you can be assured that the plants will get
nourishment all summer.
Raise the basket up on an upside down flower
pot so you can work with both hands and view the creation from all
sides as you put it together.
Use moisture retention granules, either
already in the soil mix or added separately, so that as the basket
dries out the granules will replenish the stored moisture.
Water thoroughly and often.
If the basket totally dries out, take it down
and submerge it in a bucket of water, letting it absorb as much
water as it can handle. This will often revitalize a basket but
shouldn't be relied upon on a regular basis. Correct watering
techniques requires watering often and thoroughly.
Water from the top and also get the moss
sides very wet. Don't worry if clumps of moss fall off for a while.
This is perfectly normal and will stop once the roots from the
plants work there way into the moss.
Rotate the basket so that all sides get sun.
A swivel hook makes this an easier job.
Alternatively, you can plant sun loving
plants on the southern side and shade ones on the north. I have seen
baskets done this way with petunias and complementary impatiens and
it works very well.
After the season take down the basket. You
can reuse the moss next year. Besides nothings nothing looks sadder
than a basket of dried out sticks on a balcony in winter.
If you do decide to leave the basket out over
the winter, add some suet and let our feathered friends enjoy a
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