Friday, May 10, 2013

Weekend How-To: Floral Hanging Baskets

Summer is finally around the corner!

If you are anything like me, you have been diligently working in the yard, tending to your garden, or mowing. But have you thought about enhancing the decor of your porch or outside living areas with floral baskets?

If you haven't, you should! Arranging your own floral or herbal basket can instantly brighten the areas you spend most of your time outdoors.

Get some extra time this weekend? Follow this quick how-to guide!

How to Prepare Your Floral Hanging Baskets:

Step One: Select a Basket

When choosing a basket its important to keep a few things in mind:

1. Size: what is the size of the plant you want to plant?

2. What kind of material? Some examples of baskets include: stout wire, solid plastic, ceramic, or plastic mesh.

These hanging baskets accommodate flowers, herbs, greenery and more.  They are equipped with removable side panels, which make them easy to use! Simply remove lattice work side gates and pop in your plants. 

Other Characteristics:
1. Great for planting established flowers, herbs, greenery, and more. 
2. Provides an immediate full, lush look
3. Accommodates approx/ 17 plants up to 4" H. 
4. 12 side openings w/lattice work-gate secure plants in place. 
5. Gates pop out easily for inserting plants
6. 1" built-in reservoir for optimal water retention 
7. Comes with hook and chain for easy hanging. 

Step Two: Line the Basket

Lining the basket helps keep soil in place and reduces the need for watering. 

Some common liners include: 
Sphagnum moss & polythene linings 

*These can be purchased at Lowes (HERE)

Step Three:  Choose Your Soil
Choose a soil of good quality. Your flowers will stay fuller and brighter longer. 

Step Four: Select Your Flowers

It is important to choose appropriate flowers to arrange in your hanging basket. 

Viatek Tip: The best plants to use are plants that are either flowering or close to flowering

1. Arrange large plants first and tuck smaller plants around the larger plants. 

Ideal Plants:

Geraniums, Verbena, Fuschias, Begonias, Pansies (To name a few)

Step Five: Hang in a sturdy area that will support the weight of basket (soil & water)

Step Six: Place in area of good position where it can get adequate sunlight

Step Seven: make sure you water your plants! 


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