Hanging baskets and planters are nothing short of beautiful. They brighten up your home indoors and out. The best time to buy them is during the spring when garden stores open up for the season and demand is high. The stores respond to this demand with huge displays of colorful plants, just waiting for you to take home to hang under the eaves of your house, or around a patio or deck. Once you bring them home and place them in their summer location, the next step is to learn how to care for hanging baskets to keep them healthy and blooming all season long.
There’s an artistic quality to hanging baskets. They come in all shapes, colors, sizes, and growth habits. And, the same goes for the planters, too. This means you can select among a countless variety to fit your personal taste and decorating needs. You can use sun-loving or shade-loving plants as needed. While most are blooming varieties that spill over and down from the planter, there are non-blooming flowers, too, And you can even use hanging baskets to plant herbs and vegetables.
Using hanging planters is a popular form of vertical gardening. For space-limited gardeners, it opens up new gardening space. People in apartments and condos can participate in the relaxing and rewarding hobby of gardening. More on vertical gardening.
Whether you realize it or not, as soon as you hang up that flower-filled planter under the eave of your home, you have become a home gardener. Welcome aboard to this exciting hobby. Now, your mission should you choose to accept it (and you quite obviously have), is to keep the flowers inside of the hanging basket blooming all season long.
Caring for hanging baskets requires frequent attention. But it isn’t hard to do. First, before you select a hanging basket from the garden store, determine where you want to hang the planter(s). Location is important to determine what type of plants to buy. For sunny locations, sun-loving flowers are best. For shady spots, it is best to use more limited varieties of shade-loving or shade-tolerant plants. Now you are ready to go and get those beautiful, hanging baskets.
If this is the first time, you need to install eyelets or hooks under the eave. First, make certain the ceiling will support the weight of the planter. It is important to secure the hook or eyelet to a joist, stud, or other solid wood. Once they are installed, you can hang your plants there every year. And after the season is over, you can use these same hooks to hang wind chimes, spinners, and seasonal decorations.
Now, you are ready to go to your local garden store. You will be amazed at the huge, overwhelming variety of choices. However, rest assured, you will know what to select when you see it.
Finally, comes the easy part, simply hang the planter on the hook or eyelet.
Follow the tips below, and the beautiful flowers in your hanging basket will put on a showy display all season long.
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Here are some tips for caring for hanging planters all season long:
Grow plants in hanging baskets just like you would any other indoor plant.