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Caring for your hanging basket

Last updated on 21 October 2016

Suitable plant selections

  • Always select plants with similar water and light requirements.
  • Pick an attractive, slightly taller focal plant and position it in the centre of the basket. Try fuchsias, New Guinea impatiens, miniature roses or argyranthemum.
  • Choose trailing plants for the edges, such as alyssum, lobelias, cascading petunias and scaevola.
  • Fill in gaps with annuals like lobelias, begonias, torenias, diascias and plants with interesting foliage, such as Plectranthus madagascariensis, lamb’s ear and coleus.

HERE’S HOW TO MAKE A HANGING BASKET IN 8 EASY STEPS

Caring for your basket

  • Add a water-retaining polymer such as Stockosorb to the soil before planting to help retain water and nutrients.
  • Place your basket in a spot suited to the chosen plants’ needs and avoid positions where it will be in the hot, midday sun.
  • Water your hanging basket every day for the first month after planting and every second day after that.
  • Feed twice a month with a fertiliser like Multifeed P or Nitrosol.
  • Remove spent blooms to keep your basket looking tidy.

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