Planting a Hanging Basket: Colorful (Hanging) Plants Create Atmosphere


Wood, cast iron, metal or plastic… With a hanging basket, you can go in all directions. Which material you choose does not make much difference in principle. Just keep in mind that dark plastic retains more heat than, for example, the classic metal basket with a coconut skin insert.

The location of the hanging basket is also important. You can place the basket in many places, such as the balcony, the fence, or under the pergola. But make sure he can enjoy the sunlight for at least a large part of the day. Also, make sure that the basket is out of the wind. The hanging basket already needs a lot of water and the wind can dry it out even faster.

In principle, you can hang your hanging basket from mid-May. Then Ice Saints is over and the chance of frost is very small.


In terms of planting, you can go in any direction with the hanging basket. For example, you can choose a different composition per season or choose only flowering plants in the spring and summer. In principle, almost all hanging and bedding plants are suitable for the hanging basket.

The following plants are popular in a hanging basket:

  • Lobelia
  • Primula
  • Petunia
  • Helichrysum
  • Violets

But sowing vegetables in hanging baskets is also a good idea; hang strawberries, hang tomato, or lettuce mixtures. Such a basket not only looks nice but is also very useful. This way you literally reap the fruits of your basket. 


It is best to use good potting soil for the hanging basket. Preferably choose a potting soil for pots and containers.  This has been specially put together for these types of destinations.

The potting soil in a basket dries out quickly. Very handy to add to the soil are gel granules, which retain the water longer. You can further cover the basket with moss or sphagnum; this also retains the water longer.

You have to water the basket almost daily to prevent it from drying out; even twice a day on hot summer days. Preferably do this in the morning and in the evening, but not when the sun is brightest. This allows leaves to ‘burn’ by the sun. When you water early in the morning, the plants benefit from this all day long. Plants in a basket also need extra nutrition. Therefore, give the basket weekly plant food.


The real enthusiast can also plant his hanging basket from the bottom. You then opt for the traditional wire basket, in which you put a coconut sheet. Make some holes in the coconut skin and put the plants through them. The result is a large, flowering bulb. If you plant the entire hanging basket, there will be more plants on a small surface and you should (certainly in summer) have to water twice a day.


To keep your blooming hanging basket beautiful for a long time, regularly remove dead leaves and dead flowers. In addition, cut back plants that have grown out of their clouds.


  • Choose which basket you want to use. Do you opt for a wire basket? Cover this with a  coconut inlay sheet. Is there plastic in the basket? Cut a few holes in here, so that the water can drain well.
  • Fill the basket partly with potting compost.
  • Place the chosen plants in the basket.
  • Apply potting compost around the root ball and press it well. Do not fill the basket to the brim with potting compost, but provide a watering rim of 1-2 cm.
  • Hang up the basket and water. The first time you need to give extra water to make sure the whole basket has absorbed enough water.
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