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Plant suggestions for hanging baskets

Re: Plant suggestions for hanging baskets

I second what Noelle said about calibrachoa. Mine is in full sun, it's growing brilliantly and is absolutely covered in flowers! I live in a sub-tropical climate so it's probably very similar to yours. Mine is in a plastic pot though, not a basket with coir lining. I'm guessing baskets would dry out more quickly.
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Community Manager Jason
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Re: Plant suggestions for hanging baskets

Many thanks for sharing your knowledge and experience with the community @Madcrazyartist. Welcome to Workshop. We're really pleased to have you join us. Feel free to post anytime you have something to share or want to ask a question. We have helpful members sharing advice and inspiration every day so we're sure you'll fit right in!

 

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lushgardener
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Re: Plant suggestions for hanging baskets

I would try using spider plants. They are really hard, love the heat, and think are better in baskets then the garden, so their babies can't them take over the garden. They look really LUSH and are really easy to take care of. Also I would suggest some succulents, string of pearl, string of beans. And why not try putting a few devil's ivy or common ivy in a basket. Have fun giving these a go maybe. I'm happy with my baskets, so I wish you luck with yours also. 

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Re: Plant suggestions for hanging baskets

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redracer01
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Re: Plant suggestions for hanging baskets

Can you please tell me your watering schedule and when you water them do you soak them till the water comes out the bottom? What kind of soil did you use for your plants?

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Community Manager Jason
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Re: Plant suggestions for hanging baskets

Is this a question for @Noelle @redracer01?

 

I'm sure she would be happy to help with tips on watering and how to pot hanging baskets. But it might help to let her know what kind of plants you have and where you are based. 

 

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Noelle
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Re: Plant suggestions for hanging baskets

Hi @redracer01

Hanging planters need more frequent watering than pots sitting at ground level, especially if they are exposed to wind and also sun. Over summer you may need to water every day when it is warm/windy. A point to note:  if hanging plants are in full sun and the forecast is for high heat or strong, hot winds, take them down and put them in a shaded or protected spot so they don't 'fry'.

It's important to ensure hanging pots are thoroughly watered - until the excess is pouring from the bottom of the pots.  If you have hanging baskets (wire lined with coir or similar), take them down and soak each in a bucket of water until air bubbles cease to rise, then re-hang so excess water drains away.

Always use a premium quality potting mix for hanging planters - one that includes controlled release fertiliser, wetting agent and water-storing granules to keep plants healthy and assist in moisture absorption and retention.

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deedums
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Re: Plant suggestions for hanging baskets

Very bad news! I suggest the problem is the coir fibre baskets. They dry out very quickly and are really only for succulents and cactus which need excellent drainage. If you want to stick with those baskets, then install an auto-misting system. Bunnings sell them. We have a very simple misting system but it works really well in the hot summers where I put it on 3 times a day!The plant in the terracotta pot is probably getting too much water sitting in the saucer. I always cut back dead or dying plants and voila, they spring back to life. If you don't know the names of the plants, then join Facebook group, Plant Identification Australia and upload your pics. Then you can research to find out what growing conditions they like.

 

Also, plants have seasons where they die back naturally such as the Zygo cactus only flowering in spring/summer or the cold winter kills them.

Your terrace may be facing west so it is too hot for most plants except succulents and cactii. If it is west-facing, then put up shade cloth. I have a grow to sell plant business and lose many plants too so no need to feel bad! I have also given up on some species. Good luck with the next plantings.

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Plantlover
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Re: Plant suggestions for hanging baskets

Disneyland have the most stunning hanging baskets with a fabulous mix of complimentary plants if you are looking for great hanging basket ideas. I copy their "recipe" for their baskets to add a mix of colour: 1 Thriller (to create height and a vertical effect - I often pick a foilage plant such as coleous) 2 Filler (a mound type plant to fill the basket like calibrachoa or petunia, and maybe something like lobelia to add a fine flower as well), and 3 a spiller (to over hang the edge such as sweet potato vine, or money wort). At the moment I am in love with my super light pink pelargonium (ivy type) that are flowering like mad and look amazing in a hanging basket growing over the sides just on their own. I have a mix of a pale pink almost white flowering kind, with a red flowering kind in the same basket and it's absolutely stunning, low maintenance and grows so easily from cuttings. I have maiden hair ferns in coir pots, and they love moisture, and they have survived ok, but I do prefer plastic pots for my hanging baskets because they need more moisture. A hack for Coir fibre hanging baskets is that if you cut them with small slits, you can have the plant outside the basket, with the roots on the inside, as well as planting plants out the top. In warmer months, I like to water my hanging baskets daily, with a fortnightly dose of seasol.
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Re: Plant suggestions for hanging baskets

Must be the first time we've had Disneyland as a source of inspiration on Workshop @Plantlover. Nice work! Many thanks for joining in the discussion and sharing your thoughts. It's fantastic to have you join the community. We are looking forward to seeing more of your posts soon.

 

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