Things You Should Know About Keeping Hanging Plants

Most hanging plants are quite hardy and are less demanding for care than other ornamental plants, but you can make them even healthier with these easy tricks.

There are varieties of hanging baskets used for hanging plants, but the sturdiest is made from wire and filled with a growing medium. Clay pots are also fine, but they are slightly heavier than the wire baskets.

Any type of material for a hanging basket is fine but you should pick the biggest baskets that you can find to allow the plant to grow. Bigger baskets also minimize pruning, but you will also have to take into consideration its water retention characteristics.

Water retention can be addressed by picking the right liner for the hanging basket. There are plenty that you can choose from in garden supplies shops, but the most common are the following: cocoa liners which are thick but not suited for planting on the sides; sphagnum moss which is thick, mostly dry, but can be difficult to maintain; burlap liners which are environmentally-friendly and will not retain water, but it has to be treated with copper; and the supamoss which has excellent drainage but has an artificial look.

When transferring the plant to the hanging basket, make sure that the first layer of soil is at least 5 inches thick. If you are going to place a drainage, there has to be at least 3 inches of soil between the pipe and the base of the basket. Make tiny incisions on the liner and place the plant just below the soil.

Some varieties of hanging plants require full sunlight and survive warm temperatures but be sure to check for specific requirements for each plant before buying. Some plants also require only minimal sunlight and cool temperature. You can place these in shaded areas or indoors but take them out occasionally.

During hot days, you will need to water the plants every 2 or 3 days. When watering, do so only at the coolest time of the day. The size of the hanging baskets should also be considered; smaller baskets dry out faster than the larger once. To determine if the plant is getting enough water, wait until the water streams down through the holes and the basket feels heavy with water.

However, avoid watering the plants too much. At least one inch of the top of the soil should be free from moisture before you water. The roots can rot if the soil or planter is soaked in too much water.

Remove dead flowers and leaves by pinching off the part where it meets the stem. However, there are varieties that will not need pruning, so be sure to check first.

You can use a fertilizer for hanging plants if they are not getting enough nutrients from the soil. Apply the fertilizer only while the soil is moist, but again check for the specific requirements for each plant.

Don’t forget to rotate the baskets occasionally so that every side gets the sunlight it needs. Indoor plants should also be taken out occasionally into the sunshine.

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