At the garden center, one of the most frequent inquiries I receive about plants and hanging baskets is…
I ask them to repeat after me while I raise their right hand at this point.
I hereby solemnly swear that I will give this plant the appropriate amount of light.
never letting it get too dry that it starts to wilt, and watering it everyday as needed.
For the best blossoms, I’ll feed it frequently, and I’ll pinch it back as necessary to keep it healthy and in flower all summer.
If you do all of the aforementioned, you will have a better chance than most of having hanging baskets that last throughout the summer. However, it’s time to explain a little fact about those bloomers you purchased in April or May: they will begin to droop around the middle of the summer, just as you are about to enjoy your garden, host that party, or have that wedding. Therefore, you better have a backup plan. Here is my secret to keeping you in bloom all summer long.
My customers should schedule their gardens three months in advance, as follows:
- February, January, and March
- May, June, and April
- August, September, and July
- November, December, and October
For the first three months of the year, rely on your bulbs and late winter bloomers. Then, at the start of spring, get inexpensive, cheery annuals that can withstand cool weather to get the quick color you’re yearning.
These will last you until at least July, but beyond that, don’t expect them to bloom until the end of the season; expecting them to provide you with three seasons’ worth of color is simply unrealistic.
The baskets you purchase in the early spring have actually been growing since January. When you purchase them, they are already 3–4 months old, and by the time the summer’s sweltering days arrive, they are beginning to lose steam.
This isn’t always the case with baskets; some people have amazing success keeping them fresh well into the fall ( they must have followed the above pledge ). But the majority of people are not as careful, which is where they have problems.
Therefore, planting some baskets and containers before the end of May with basket stuffers and young annuals is the key to having hanging baskets that survive all summer long.
This is what I do; after that, I position those baskets throughout my home and in places where I will care for them until they are ready to take the place of my worn-out-looking baskets that have just brought me delight for the past three months.
What I did a few years ago is described here. I planted my baskets, and when my cheap spring baskets started to look worn out, I hung these up in their place. By July, they were nearly full.
When it came time for my spring Ipomea baskets to take center stage last year, I made some two-tone Ipomea baskets and positioned them in between my spring ones.
In the summer, they appeared fantastic and enormous, and in September and October, they fit well in my fall containers.
This year, I made hanging basket-convertible containers and planted them on May 22. When my spring baskets expire, I’ll hang these up in their stead because they look fantastic when set around my fire pit.
I’ll now have lovely blooms from May through October. This is what I tell people when they ask me how I keep my garden looking so great all year long: it’s all about preparing ahead. I should also mention that all I needed was some soil and some of my go-to plants to make my summer baskets. Here is my combination for my baskets and containers this year.
At the end of August or the beginning of September, I’ll post an update photo to show you how fantastic these will look.
Download my eBook, which is filled with advice, tactics, and plant suggestions, to discover how you may have a beautiful garden all year long:
What kind of plant is ideal for hanging?
I’m finally getting around to compiling all of my writings on how to care for some of my favorite, most beautiful trailing plants today. Finding the best indoor hanging plants for your house is a terrific way to keep your plants up and off the ground while also helping to clean the air and beautify your spaces.
Pothos Hanging Plants
Pothos maintenance is easy The most traditional hanging plants you’ll discover at big-box nurseries or nurseries are pothos plants. There are numerous types that you might come upon. Here are a few of the most widespread:
- Off-white hints occasionally appear in the green and yellow variegated golden pothos.
- a green and off-white marble queen pothos
- Jade or emerald pothos, which is entirely green
- Neon Pothos, a bright neon green,
I have a lot of pothos plants all throughout my house. They also look great pushed up onto a wall to give it a “ivy-like aspect, or placed high up on shelves that droop downward. A few images of my pothos plants are shown below.
Ric Rac Cactus
One of my favorite hanging plant species is the ric rac cactus, which is a more recent addition to my family. Before I bit the bullet and placed an internet order, I had a ric rac cactus on my wish list for a considerable amount of time. It is also expanding quite swiftly. I can’t wait to be able to take some cuttings for these so that I may offer them to my family and friends that enjoy gardening.
Hoya Carnosa Plants
Wax plants, also known as hoya carnosa plants, have been a standard houseplant for many years. A full and attractive appearance is produced by the thick, waxy leaves and vines that climb and vine up and down. There are numerous variations, but the two shown below—pubicalyx splash and tricolor variegata—are the most common.
Hoya Rope Plants
Actually, hoya carnosahoya carnosa compacta is a species of hoya rope plants. They are cool enough, in my opinion, to merit a separate mention here. The hoya rope plant has thicker stems than the other hoya carnosas, which have long, spindly stems.
The leaves, though, make the most difference. The hoya rope plant’s leaves twist and curl, giving the plant a lovely rope-like appearance. They can be stretched up along other objects because they are heavy and trail down. Prior to my friend sending me this mature rope plant from Texas, I had never seen a rope plant in person. It absolutely astounds.
String of Pearls Trailing Succulent Plants
The string of pearls succulent features the most incredible spherical, pearl-like leaves that resemble peas and trail on delicate stems. Beautiful pearls that can reach several feet in length can be found all over a healthy plant. In front of a bright window, I have one hanging. In addition, it is quite simple to grow more plants from this one.
Burro’s Tail Succulent Plants
Another lovely trailing succulent is burro’s tail. Be careful since the hefty leaves are delicate and tumble down sturdy succulent stems. Because it is a smaller hanging plant and requires lots of light, save a bright window for it. It’s simple to grow from leaves, just like the string of pearls.
Rhipsalis Trailing Cactus Plants
My first rhipsalis plant, a rhipsalis campos-portoana, was a Mother’s Day gift from my husband. Rhipsalis come in a wide variety of forms, and they all have branching, lanky branches that look great in hanging planters.
At your neighborhood nursery, you’ll probably see this plant listed as a “mistletoe cactus,” but this actually refers to a specific variety of rhipsalis cactus. There are lots of pretty variations.
Pothos plants and heart-leaf philodendron are frequently mistaken. They are completely different plants, even though they do have similar leaf sizes and shapes, the way the plants trail, and frequently even similar variegations.
Although they are both relatively easy to care for, they have similar care requirements. The philodendron Brasil, which has magnificent brilliant green and yellow variegations, is one of my favorite varieties of this plant. The leaves are also quite dazzling and glossy.
Micans is a different kind of heart-leaf trailing philodendron that is extremely common. Micans closely resembles the more common heart-leaf philodendron, with the exception that its leaves have a lovely, velvety green sheen. The undersides of the leaves have a tint that resembles almost purple. Compared to other heart-leave philodendrons, I found that this kind prefers higher humidity.
Another common houseplant is the spider plant. In hanging baskets, their long, curling leaves look fantastic, but these plants’ stems and young are truly stunning. Long stems that end in young spider plants are produced by spider plants.
These result in a stunning plant waterfall. Look at the spider plant my mother has. Numerous spider plants are present and ready to be cut off, rooted, and multiplied. However, you may alternatively leave them alone and let the cascade continue.
Wandering Tradescantia Zebrina Plants
Wandering dude plants have stunning purple, green, and silver variegation, which can vary in vivacity. The green and silver marks can appear rather clearly at times, while at other times the plant has a deeper purple hue. In either case, it is beautiful! Find out all there is to know about taking care of tradescantia zebrina plants that roam.
Tradescantia Nanouk Plants
A more recent variety of watering jew plants is the tradescantia nanouk plant (their official name is tradescantia zebrina). The plant is comparable to other forms of wandering jew in terms of size and structure, but it lacks the typical purple hue. Rather, there is more hot pink, pastel pink, and pastel green variation.
Compared to other plants on our list, this one is more difficult to find, but I was fortunate to get a little one at a neighboring nursery. They have a purchase cap on them because the plant is in such high demand! Because it simply means that they won’t be completely taken, that always makes me happy.
String of Hearts Trailing Plant
Another popular plant that has been in high demand recently is the string of hearts. The plant is delicate and stays reasonably compact, although its thin stems can trail for a distance of up to several feet. I now have mine on a shelf because it is still rather young. Just now, the stems are beginning to trail. One day, it will look great hung from a planter!
Curly Orchid Cactus Hanging Plants
In my leather plant pot holder, my curly orchid cactus looks wonderful hanging there. This plant is so low maintenance—it only needs a little bit of water every now and then, yet its long, curling stems spread like weeds. This plant shares a close relationship with the gorgeous night-blooming cereus plant, which likewise has a trailing habit.
I’ll be honest: I’m not a fern girl. I just don’t get along with Ferns. But I enjoy observing them from a distance, and I always take a closer look at staghorn ferns. They have such a distinctive appearance and frequently look fantastic hanging from walls as opposed to ceilings.
Lipstick plants come in last on the list. There are a few various varieties of lipstick plants that you can probably buy at your neighborhood nursery, but my personal favorite has to be the curly/rasta lipstick plant version. This one is hanging in my living room, and how gorgeous is it?
What kind of hanging plant is the simplest to grow?
The easiest hanging plants to care for are listed below. Perfect for anyone just getting their feet wet in the world of learning!
We’ll discuss each one in more detail later on in the article. However, if you only need the list right away, here it is:
- Satan’s Ivy
- Brooklyn Fern
- Philodendron Heartleaf
- Insect Plant
- English Ivy
- Christmas Cactus
- Necklace of Pearls
- Hearts on a String
- Dawn Glory
You will find it difficult to kill any of the plants on this list, I assure you. But there is a but.
Where are hanging plants supposed to go?
Modern, minimalist environments benefit greatly from hanging plants since they add color and liveliness. They accentuate a room’s clean appearance while while adding natural texture and color. A potted tree, for instance, would have overpowered the architecture in this sitting area, while an empty corner would have made the room feel sterile and lifeless. Instead, this plant suspended from a contemporary brass hanger successfully fulfills its intended function.
What is the lifespan of hanging plants?
Even while hanging baskets have many benefits, there are always a few typical issues you could encounter. But don’t worry! I’ll do everything I can to assist you.
This section is jam-packed with good maintenance advice that will help you keep your hanging basket not just alive but utterly luxuriant all season long.
Why do my hanging baskets die?
Typically, annuals—plants that live for only one season and then need to be replaced—are used to fill hanging baskets. After one season, even perennial plants that reseed themselves need to be replaced or severely clipped in order to continue growing in a hanging basket.
A hanging basket is a short-term planter that is used for decoration; it is not designed to produce for many years without care.
The likelihood that the hanging basket will perish can be decreased by having a basic understanding of the growing circumstances.
How often should you water a hanging basket?
The growing season requires regular watering of hanging baskets. There is typically much less room for the soil to hold water because there are numerous plants vying for limited root space in the soil. This, along with the drainage that occurs from a hanging basket, means that you need water your hanging basket considerably more frequently than you would an in-ground garden.
If your hanging basket is in a sunny spot, you should water it at least once a day and sometimes twice during the hot summer months. However, if the hanging basket is in a more shaded area, you might be able to skip watering for a few days.
How to Check if Your Hanging Basket Needs to Be Watered
By inserting your finger into the earth’s surface, you may determine whether the soil is dry. The soil should be watered if it feels warm and dry; if it feels cool, it can wait another day.
Watering should ideally be done gradually to allow the soil to absorb the water. Pour the water over the top of the basket so that it sparkles but does not pool on the ground. The soil is saturated when water begins to leak out of the bottom of the basket.
The soil needs to be rehydrated if it has become dry by soaking it in water for a few hours.
Set up a kiddie pool or large tub with a few inches of water and place your hanging baskets in them before you leave if you’re going on vacation or won’t be able to water them for a few days. By doing this, you may take a break from watering your hanging baskets every day while they continue to keep hydrated.
Should you line a hanging basket with plastic?
Your baskets’ correct drainage will prevent over-watering and root damage. If you’re lining the basket with something to keep in water, though, it might be a concern.
Although some hanging baskets have plastic liners to keep moisture in, most annual plants need free-draining soil to maintain strong roots. Additionally, there are hanging baskets that automatically water themselves by holding a small reservoir of water below the basket that the roots can access as needed.
In order to assist in gathering the water and holding it below, you can also use transparent plastic trays that hang on a hanging basket.
All of these methods may allow you to skip watering for a few longer days, but they all call for extra care to prevent the roots from sitting in standing water, which might destroy them.
What is the best fertilizer for hanging baskets?
A handmade mixture from my book Garden Alchemy is my preferred fertilizer mixture for hanging baskets.
This soil mixture has great moisture retention and is very nutrient-rich for the flowers in your hanging baskets. If you do this every two weeks, your flowers should flourish.
In the recipe card at the bottom of this post, you can find the instructions for my fertilizer mixture.
How do you revive a hanging flower basket?
It can start to look a little overgrown, brown, and straggly for hanging baskets that you hung up at the start of the season. The solution is quite simple.
Pruning basics should be followed to tidy up the basket. Any plant material that is dead, ill, injured, or dying should be removed using scissors. Even if doing so necessitates chopping off half of the planter, you are still removing plant material that is consuming energy from growing healthy plant material, which will quickly bounce back.
To give the plants a good drink, refer back to my holiday rehydration advice and fill a kiddie pool or a tub with water. Leave the basket submerged for an hour or two.
Add a couple handfuls of high-quality compost to the basket’s top and a little extra hanging basket fertilizer mix.