Planting and growing hanging plants – A few days ago, I shared the reveal of our updated little rear deck, with lots of plants and lots of handmade touches. Unsurprisingly, you had so many questions about the plants in this space, especially the ones we hung from the top of the ceiling. Thought it would be helpful to share everything about them here!
To be honest I wasn’t 100% sure if I would hang any plants on the back deck, I was a little worried it would make the space a little too crowded, or take away that gorgeous GINORMOUS Fiddle Fig.
A guide to planting and growing hanging plants
But one day I came home and Ben told me he bought some big hanging baskets online so the decision was pretty much made for me! And you know what? I couldn’t be happier that we took a ‘more is more’ approach to the plants in this space. Honestly, it makes me so happy to wake up in this beautiful green house.
Read on to find out how to choose, plant and care for hanging plants!
Planting and growing hanging plants: Before after
You know I love a before and an after, and I found these photos so I knew it would be worth sharing with you. The photo before is from mid-November and the photo after is from last week.
What a difference a few months can make! You will also notice that the garden outside our patio has become more lush and green due to all the rain we have had recently.
The plants we have chosen for our hanging baskets
To choose the plants for this space, we went to our local nursery and chose the ones that suited the light that this space receives. This is the west side of the house, so there is a bit of hot afternoon sun, but generally it’s shaded, especially with the addition of our pop-up panel windows and slat all around.
So we picked plants that would work in that space, so we went with two Boston Ferns in the large planters, three Lipstick Plants, and a Fishbone Cactus.
When we bought the ferns I considered planting two in each basket, just because of the size of the baskets – they were huge! The woman at the nursery advised me to put only one in each, because of the beautiful shape they take as they grow older which is best when you have none. one per planter.
She was so right, something I can see now that they’ve grown more. So I would advise sticking to one plant per basket!
How to plant hanging baskets
Materials for hanging plants in a basket
- A hanging basket
- Potting mix
- Coconut fiber lining
- Plastic bag
We have our hanging baskets from here
and chose two 600mm sizes (basically the bigger one they had, and four 350mm. We bought matching coir liners.
How to plant hanging baskets
- Install your hanging basket with the coconut liner inside. If your basket is round on the bottom, you can place it in a bowl or pot to hold it upright.
- Cut a piece of plastic and place it in the bottom of the basket. Use scissors to cut a few small holes in the plastic. This will prevent the water from flowing directly.
- Place a few cups of potting soil at the bottom.
- Take your plant out of the plastic pot and gently break off the roots.
- Place it in the middle of the hanging basket.
- Add more potting soil all around the sides and above the roots, then press down.
- To help fix the roots, water your baskets a lot on the first day.
To hang them, Ben attached hooks to the ceiling, making sure to tie them to the ceiling slats / joists.
How to water hanging plants
When it comes to planting a hanging garden, the biggest consideration is how you are going to water them. Hanging plants dry much faster than garden plants or potted plants, so being able to water them regularly is essential for a thriving garden.
I figured out that these plants should be watered every day first and then once installed it should be every other day. To start, I got down on the table and watered them with a watering can each filled with water. It took so long and it was also quite backbreaking work. Unsurprisingly, we were looking for another option!
After careful consideration, we decided to set up the irrigation of these plants, connected to the irrigation system of our house.
Our garden has a very good irrigation system, and Ben’s dad was kind enough to come and run irrigation hoses down the side of the house and along the top on either side of the patio. From there, each plant has its own hose which is planted into the plant’s soil, with a dripper attached to give a good, even flow.
I didn’t like the look of the irrigation system when it first entered, and I considered painting the piping white like the walls, but the plants grew really fast and disguised them a lot. so that you hardly notice them.
The system is set to water the plants every other day for five minutes. This happens early in the morning, which is the best time to water the plants.
I also bring my houseplants from outside and place them under the plants, as water often leaks out of the hanging baskets and creates the perfect watering system for the plants below. When we leave, I leave the houseplants there so that they are constantly watered. I noticed that my houseplants were all starting to thrive on this diet too!
The nursery woman told me that a good idea is to take your hanging baskets apart every year and soak them in a large tub of water, which apparently makes them look younger!
This is what space looks like now!
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