An Easy Care Guide for Luscious Hanging Basket Flowers - Garden Therapy (2022)

Hanging baskets are ever-growing in popularity. However, unless you care for those a little differently from in-ground plants, they can get ratty-looking instead of full, gorgeous hanging basket flowers. Here are the tips you need for beautiful eye-level plants and bright flowers all summer long.

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Have you walked (or driven) by gorgeous hanging baskets and been awed by their beauty? Then, perhaps, you got the idea to try growing similar baskets yourself only to fail miserably?

Let me just tell you right now that you are not the only one! Many have tried and many have failed.

A properly-planted, well-cared-for hanging basket can brighten up your front entrance or back patio immensely. Although hanging baskets can be a bit tricky, this guide for choosing the right plants, watering correctly, and caring for hanging containers makes it easy to plant and maintain a beautiful blooming basket all summer long.

Now you too can grow lush, drool-worthy hanging basket plants that will make you the envy of the neighborhood.

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Pros to Growing Outdoor Hanging Plants

I mentioned the biggest deterrent to growing flowers for hanging baskets: they can dry out too quickly and die.

Now, let’s cover why you want to put in a wee bit of effort to grow hanging basket plants. There are actually a few advantages of hanging basket flowers over gardening in the ground:

  • Growing a basket of flowers gives you that pop of colour you crave without the work of digging in the ground.
  • Do you have poor soil? That’s not even an issue when growing hanging basket plants.
  • Fitting several plants into one single planter leaves little space for annoying weeds, thus nearly eliminating weeding chores.
  • Since the baskets hang up off the ground, they are safe from flower-eating animals and many pests.

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Frequently Common Problems When it Comes to Hanging Baskets

Even though there are many pros when it comes to hanging baskets, there are always a couple of common problems you can run into. But, no worries! I’m going to help you as much as I can.

This section is full of proper care tips that will help you keep your hanging basket not just alive but absolutely lush throughout the season.

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Why do my hanging baskets die?

Hanging baskets are typically filled with annuals which are plants that last for a season and then need to be replaced. Even perennial plants that grow back year after year will need to be replaced or significantly pruned in order to continue growing in a hanging basket after one season.

A hanging basket is a temporary planter that’s used for decoration but certainly not something that’s meant to produce for years without maintenance.

Understanding the basics of the growing conditions can help reduce the chances that the hanging basket will die.

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How often should you water a hanging basket?

Hanging baskets need to be watered regularly throughout the growing season. In most cases, there are many plants competing for root space in the soil and therefore, there’s a lot less space for the soil to hold water. That in combination with the drainage that happens from a basket hanging in the air means that your hanging basket should be watered much more often than in-ground gardens.

If your hanging basket is in a sunny location, then you will need to water at least once a day and sometimes twice in the heat of summer.  If the hanging basket is in a shadier location, however, you might be able to go for a few days between watering.

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How to Check if Your Hanging Basket Needs to Be Watered

Check to see if the soil is dry by sticking your finger into the top of the soil. If it feels warm and dry, then it needs to be watered; if the soil feels cool, then it can wait another day.

Ideally watering should be done slowly allowing the soil to absorb the water. Pour the water on the surface of the basket so that you can see it sparkling but not pooling on the soil. When the water starts to pour out the bottom of the basket, the soil has been saturated.

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In the event that the soil has dried out, it will need to be rehydrated by soaking it in water for a few hours.

If you happen to be going away on a vacation or won’t be able to get to water your hanging baskets for a few days, set up a kiddie pool or big tub with a couple inches of water and set your hanging baskets in them when you go away. This will allow your hanging baskets to stay hydrated while you take a break from daily watering.

Should you line a hanging basket with plastic?

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With proper drainage in your baskets, over-watering and root rot is not likely. However, it could be problematic if you’re lining the basket with something to hold in water.

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Some hanging baskets have plastic liners to hold in moisture, but most annual plants require free-draining soil in order to keep their roots healthy. You can also find self-watering hanging baskets that hold a small reservoir of water below the basket for roots to access when they need it.

You can also use clear plastic trays that hang on a hanging basket to help collect the water and hold it below.

All of these tools may allow you to go a few days extra without watering but will require additional management to ensure that you’re not letting the roots sit in standing water, which can cause the roots to rot.

What is the best fertilizer for hanging baskets?

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My favourite fertilizer mix for hanging baskets is a homemade mix from my book, Garden Alchemy!

This soil mix is excellent at holding moisture and highly nutritious for your hanging basket flowers. Use this every 2 weeks and you should see your flowers thrive!

Get the recipe for my fertilizer mix in the recipe card at the bottom of this post.

How do you revive a hanging flower basket?

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Hanging baskets that you’ve hung up at the beginning of the season can start to look a little overgrown, brown, and straggly. This is a fairly easy fix.

Follow basic pruning rules to clean up the basket. Use scissors to remove any plant material that’s dead, diseased, damaged, or dying. Even if this means cutting off half of the planter, you’re removing plant material from that’s taking away energy from reproducing healthy plant material, and it will perk back up in no time.

Go back to my vacation rehydration tips and fill a kiddie pool or a tub with water and submerge the basket for an hour or two to give the plants a deep drink.

Top up the basket with a few handfuls of good quality compost, and add a bit more hanging basket fertilizer mix.

How to Properly Care for Hanging Basket Plants All Summer

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The key to success with hanging baskets comes down to one simple thing to remember: hanging baskets need to be treated differently than in-ground plants. Nail these 6 elements to properly care for your hanging baskets, and you’ll have the beautiful hanging basket plants you seek.

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Choose the Right Hanging Baskets

Since watering problems are the most common way that people kill hanging plants, start with your hanging basket planter. You want to make sure that it:

  • Has good drainage holes so water doesn’t stay trapped and drown the roots of your planter flowers.
  • Is large enough to accommodate the plants you want to include.

Remember to get a hanging basket that’s as deep as you can find to hold a good amount of soil and water for your plants.

Take a look at this post if you want to attempt designing your own hanging baskets!

Choose the Right Hanging Basket Plants

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When putting together a hanging basket, think about where you plan to locate it. Is it a place with a lot of hot sunshine? If so, make sure you’re choosing plants that love the heat. Is it a shadier area? If so, choose plants that will thrive in the shade.

No matter what the light and temperature conditions are for the spot where you want your basket to hang, be sure to pick plants that are appropriate for those conditions.

Also, think about what kind of plants will look most aesthetically pleasing in a hanging planter. Plants that spill over the edge and trail down look lovely.

A good rule of thumb: If you want various plants in one basket (although just sticking to one kind of plant in a basket can be gorgeous!), choose thrillers, spillers, and fillers as outlined in this post.

Properly Watering Flowers for Hanging Baskets

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Water drains out of hanging baskets very quickly. Additionally, having many plants in one fairly small container means that there are a lot of roots packed together under the soil competing for water.

These combined issues mean that it is easy for hanging basket flowers to dry out much faster than if those same plants were growing elsewhere. Here are some techniques to keep your hanging flowers moist, happy, and blooming:

  • Water regularly!
  • Use a plastic liner inside the hanging basket to keep moisture in.
  • Try using a self-watering system like a bottle or bulb. These tools add water to the soil as it dries out. Another option is to invest in self-watering planters.
  • If plants are still dropping, start giving your hanging baskets a soak once a week. Simply take the basket down from its hanger and soak it in a tub of water for a couple of hours, then hang it back up.

Maintain Nutritious Soil for Outdoor Hanging Plants

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Because hanging baskets are, well, hanging, the soil is not exposed to nearly the same amount of microbes, bacteria, and insects that normally work to improve the soil in the garden. In addition, the more frequent watering needs flushes out the essential nutrients that your plants need.

To make up for this, fertilize hanging baskets regularly or add some slow-release feeding spikes to do the job for you.

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Deadhead and Prune Hanging Basket Flowers

Once a week, inspect your hanging basket and remove any dead or fading flowers and brown leaves. Cut back any part of the plant that looks dead, brown, or damaged. This will encourage new growth, more blooms, and make your hanging baskets look lush and full.

If you’re looking to grow splendid, envy-worthy hanging basket flowers this year, make a few tweaks in the way that you care for your outdoor hanging plants. By using these simple tips, your hanging flowers will get everything they need to grow to their full, eye-catching potential.

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The Best Fertilizer for Hanging Basket Flowers

If you have hanging basket flowers that are looking a little sickly, whip up a batch of my DIY hanging basket fertilizer and perk them up.

  • Mix all ingredients together and store in an airtight bin.

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  • Use 1 tbsp per gallon (15 ml per 3.8 liter) as needed.

FAQs

How often do you water hanging flower baskets? ›

In general, water plants in hanging baskets when the soil surface becomes dry to the touch. On hot, sunny days it may be necessary to water once a day. When watering hanging baskets, be sure to apply water until water begins to flow out the bottom of the container.

How often should I use Miracle Grow on hanging baskets? ›

Simply feed them every 1-2 weeks. The formula is safe for all plants, and is guaranteed not to burn when used as directed.

What is the easiest hanging basket to take care of? ›

Geraniums are hardy perennials, and are a good choice for low-maintenance hanging baskets. They are closely related to pelargoniums, which are also popular for hanging baskets, although they are more tender, so grown as annuals. Sears particularly favors ivy leaf geraniums for hanging baskets.

How do I keep my hanging basket alive? ›

To keep hanging baskets blooming, put plants on a regular feeding schedule. For best results, use a combination of long-term, slow release fertilizers mixed into the top layer of soil – and light doses of liquid fertilizer watered into the soil every few weeks.

Why are my hanging flower baskets dying? ›

Whether that be too much or too little water, or a lack of nutrients. Unfortunately, many times, inconsistent watering or a lack of fertilizer is root cause of plants failing. But in many cases, even the most well cared for hanging baskets and containers begin to fade fast in early summer.

Can you overwater hanging baskets? ›

Make sure to avoid watering from above the basket, so you don't get the foliage too wet. Otherwise you will get dark spots on the leaves and flowers in your hanging basket.

Is it better to water hanging baskets in the morning or evening? ›

The best time to water your containers is in the morning to give them enough time to soak up the moisture before the heavy heat of the day. Plants also absorb water faster during the morning. How often should I water them? In the heat of the summer you should be watering your containers and hanging baskets every day.

What is the best fertilizer for hanging baskets? ›

Compost tea is an incredible all-purpose liquid fertilizer. And because of that, it truly is one of the best for fertilizing hanging baskets and container plants. Even better, it can be made for free! Soaking fresh compost in water creates the ultimate liquid fertilizer – compost tea.

Can you overfeed plants with Miracle Grow? ›

Can you overfeed plants with Miracle Grow? The excessive application of Miracle-Gro systematically ends up burning your crops due to their inability to take in water. This is due to the accumulation of salts present in the product. Too much of it could also lead to the wilting of your plants.

Can you use Miracle Grow on hanging plants? ›

Increasing your fertilization schedule and using either a slow-release or fast-acting liquid fertilizer (or both), such as those made by Miracle-Gro, can help hanging plants flourish and last longer.

Can you overfeed hanging baskets? ›

Can you overfeed hanging baskets? Yes. Using too much plant food on any plant, regardless of where you are growing it, can cause more harm than good, and can even kill the plant.

Do hanging baskets come back every year? ›

After summer, empty your hanging basket of annual plants and dispose of them. Move tender perennial hanging basket displays into a sheltered place to overwinter before the first frosts arrive. With a little luck, they should flower again the following year.

What soil is best for hanging baskets? ›

To avoid undue stress on greenhouse supports and make basket handling easier, choose a growing medium with a lower bulk density for hanging basket production above benches. Try a peat-based growing medium with perlite or perlite/vermiculite for this type of system.

How do you make a hanging basket look fuller? ›

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Should you cut back hanging baskets? ›

One thing many people are afraid to do is cut back hanging baskets if the plants start to get leggy. But don't worry; they like it. In fact, like most annuals, the plants will respond by putting out more growth and the basket will fill in quickly or the other plants will take over.

Should I deadhead hanging baskets? ›

It's important to deadhead flowering perennials and bedding plants, as it encourages them to produce more flowers. It channels all the plant's energy back into the flowers rather than growing seed heads. If you let your flowers die on the stems, the plants assume their job is done and don't bother flowering again.

How often should you fertilize hanging baskets? ›

Plants in hanging baskets typically require regular fertilization. Water-soluble fertilizers or slow-release granular fertilizers may be used. Apply soluble fertilizers every 1 to 3 weeks throughout the summer. Slow-release fertilizers can be added to soil in early spring and may need a second application mid-season.

How do you deadhead a hanging basket flower? ›

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How do I save my hanging plants? ›

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How many plants should you put in a 16 inch hanging basket? ›

For a 16” hanging basket (not including any side panels) 8-9 plants. For a 18” hanging basket (not including any side panels) 9-10 plants.

How long do hanging basket flowers last? ›

Hanging baskets are typically filled with annuals which are plants that last for a season and then need to be replaced. Even perennial plants that grow back year after year will need to be replaced or significantly pruned in order to continue growing in a hanging basket after one season.

What is the easiest way to water hanging plants? ›

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Are hanging baskets OK in the rain? ›

As the plants grow, their leaves form a canopy over the soil and this keeps the rain off where it is needed most. So even if it is raining, you have to water your baskets. This also applies to baskets in sheltered or shady places. Choose a sturdy hook to hang your basket.

How do you keep a hanging basket from dripping? ›

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  1. Choose the Largest Basket. ...
  2. Apply a Lining. ...
  3. Select the Appropriate Soil Mix. ...
  4. Add Mulch to the Soil. ...
  5. Water with a Plastic Water Bottle. ...
  6. Feed Your Plants Frequently. ...
  7. Other Accessories.
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How do you bottom water a hanging plant? ›

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Is Miracle Grow good for potted flowers? ›

Miracle-Gro® Moisture Control® Potting Mix works well in pots.

How often can I use Miracle Grow on my flowers? ›

Measure and mix it directly into your watering can and pour the solution around the bases of your plants, or use with your hose in a sprayer (like the Miracle-Gro® Garden Feeder) for larger areas. Plan to feed every 7 to 14 days.

Does Miracle Gro help flowers bloom? ›

Miracle-Gro® Water Soluble Bloom Booster® Flower Food promotes more blooms for greater color compared to unfed plants. Use our flower food with the Miracle-Gro® Garden Feeder or any watering can, and feed every 1-2 weeks.

Is it better to fertilize plants before or after rain? ›

In general, applying granular fertilizers just before a good rain can be beneficial, as it aids in working the fertilizer down into the soil where roots can access it.

Can you put miracle grow directly on soil? ›

Continuous release plant foods, such as Miracle-Gro® Shake 'N Feed® All Purpose Plant Food, usually comes in granular form, and the nutrients are released slowly over time. Mix this type of fertilizer directly into the soil surrounding the plant.

How long does it take for Miracle Grow to work? ›

How Long Does Miracle-Gro Take To Work? Water-soluble Miracle-Gro works immediately while granular fertilizer works within 12 hours.

What is the best fertilizer for flower pots? ›

Liquid kelp, seaweed, or fish-based fertilizers are an excellent choice for container-grown plants. When using any natural liquid fertilizer, follow label instructions for mixing rates and application instructions.

How often should you feed hanging plants? ›

You should feed hanging baskets a maximum of once every two weeks. You can feed them more or less depending on the concentration of the fertilizer you are using. It's much better to feed them less than over-feed as you may kill the plants.

How do you fertilize hanging pots? ›

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Should I line my hanging basket with plastic? ›

Lining your hanging basket with plastic such as a bin liner or a plastic sheet works well as long as you can put some drainage holes in it. Without drainage holes, the water will pool at the bottom of your hanging basket and will cause issues like root rot and fungal diseases.

Why are the leaves on my hanging basket turning yellow? ›

Yellowing leaves is commonly a symptom of insufficient iron availability or a plant's inability to absorb the iron that is available. Other nutrient deficiencies that are often expressed by yellow leaves include manganese, zinc and nitrogen.

How many plants should I put in a hanging basket? ›

Plant spacing

A general rule of thumb when planting a hanging basket is to use one plant per inch of basket diameter - so 12 plants per 30cm (12") hanging basket. The only exception to this is when you use strong-growing plants such as Fuchsias and Geraniums (Pelargoniums).

What month do you plant hanging baskets? ›

When to plant a hanging basket. Plant summer hanging baskets from April onwards, but they will need protection from frost until the middle or end of May. If you do not have a greenhouse, it is usually easier to plant in situ once the frosts have passed.

How high should hanging baskets be? ›

So, what height should hanging baskets be? Hanging baskets should be at a height below eye level. Most people are around 5 feet to 6 feet tall, so your hanging basket should be about 5 feet off the ground. This way you can enjoy the plant and be able to take care of it with ease.

Do hanging baskets need drainage holes? ›

Flowers and plants growing in hanging baskets require the same good drainage as any other container plant. If your basket doesn't supply drainage, you must add holes to the bottom or your plants may suffer.

What is the easiest outdoor hanging plant to take care of? ›

Begonia. Begonias are the whole plant package: they bring bright color, texture and shape to a space; they're easy to care for; and they can thrive both indoors and outdoors. When potting begonias, it's important to use rich, organic potting soil and to place them in areas that don't receive direct sunlight.

What are the hardiest hanging baskets? ›

Best Hanging Baskets for Full Sun
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  • Million Bells. Million Bells are a gorgeous mounding and trailing summer annual. ...
  • Bougainvillea. ...
  • Portulaca. ...
  • Dragon Wing Begonia. ...
  • Sunpatiens.
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How do you treat an extreme heat hanging basket? ›

Hanging Baskets For Full Sun And Heat

Protect the plants from extreme heat by moving them temporarily during the heatwave. Or provide some shade for them, such as an umbrella. Always make sure the plant has adequate moisture and water frequently during excessive heat.

Should you cut back hanging baskets? ›

One thing many people are afraid to do is cut back hanging baskets if the plants start to get leggy. But don't worry; they like it. In fact, like most annuals, the plants will respond by putting out more growth and the basket will fill in quickly or the other plants will take over.

Do you deadhead hanging baskets? ›

Deadheading is the term used for the removal of flowers from plants when they are fading or dead. It is done to keep plants looking attractive and encourage more blooms, whether in beds and border, containers or hanging baskets.

Do hanging baskets come back every year? ›

After summer, empty your hanging basket of annual plants and dispose of them. Move tender perennial hanging basket displays into a sheltered place to overwinter before the first frosts arrive. With a little luck, they should flower again the following year.

How do you keep petunia hanging baskets looking good? ›

How do you keep petunia baskets looking good? To keep petunia flower baskets looking their best, make sure they receive full sunlight, regular water, fertilizer and pruning.

What is the best fertilizer for hanging baskets? ›

I recommend water soluble fertilizer, as it's easy to use, and ensures the roots can absorb the nutrients. I always use a 15-30-15 with micro-nutrients for my hanging baskets. You can either use it every second watering at full strength, or (my personal recommendation) use it every time you water but at 1/2 strength.

How do I keep my hanging plants bushy? ›

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How do I make my hanging basket look fuller? ›

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Can you overfeed hanging baskets? ›

Can you overfeed hanging baskets? Yes. Using too much plant food on any plant, regardless of where you are growing it, can cause more harm than good, and can even kill the plant.

Are hanging baskets Old Fashioned? ›

Hanging baskets are a traditional and charming way of decorating your home, but their old world style does not mean they are old fashioned. Positioned and cared for correctly, hanging baskets can bring a burst of color to both the outside and inside of your property.

How do you deadhead a hanging basket flower? ›

Deadheading your hanging basket - YouTube

Should I line my hanging basket with plastic? ›

Lining your hanging basket with plastic such as a bin liner or a plastic sheet works well as long as you can put some drainage holes in it. Without drainage holes, the water will pool at the bottom of your hanging basket and will cause issues like root rot and fungal diseases.

Why are the leaves on my hanging basket turning yellow? ›

Yellowing leaves is commonly a symptom of insufficient iron availability or a plant's inability to absorb the iron that is available. Other nutrient deficiencies that are often expressed by yellow leaves include manganese, zinc and nitrogen.

Are coffee grounds good for petunias? ›

The answer to this is “YES”. Coffee grounds serve as effective fertilizers for petunias and are also inexpensive. With coffee grounds, petunias which are known to be heavy feeders bloom profusely.

What happens if you overwater petunias? ›

Overwatering your petunias can make them bend or droop their leaves. This means that the leaves will not be firm or erect. If you look at them or feel them, you'd surely notice that they are very weak and will soon start wilting or die. Drooping leaves can also be a sign of nutrient deficiency.

What do Overwatered petunias look like? ›

An overwatered Petunia will look sad and depressed. You might find white spots on its leaves caused by edema. And its leaves may also turn yellow and fall off prematurely. In severe overwatering cases, your Petunias may also wilt.

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