How to Hang a Hanging Basket


Hanging baskets provide color and decoration on front and back porches, in trees, on decks, and in just about any garden setting. Prepared hanging baskets are available during the spring months and typically throughout the summer for purchase and can add a needed spark to liven up the outdoors.

Things You'll Need

  • Threaded hooks or store bought bracket packages Nails or screws, if needed Cordless drill or hammer Sturdy wood post (like a deck post, or porch post) Iron shepherd's crook for supporting freestanding hanging baskets, if desired Home made or prepared purchased hanging planter baskets

Hanging Your Baskets

  • Purchase hanging baskets with plant material, sun and watering requirements in mind. Place shade loving plants, like begonias and impatiens with little sunshine requirements, in areas with six hours or less of sunshine, or in indirect filtered sun. Place sun loving plants, like geraniums and petunias, in areas with at least 8 hours of direct sunshine. Water hanging basket plants daily. Check with fingertips to see if soil is evenly moist before watering plants.

  • Select the position for the hanging basket. Measure and mark the post or supporting beam with a pencil or marker for best placement.

  • Mount decorative brackets following manufacturer's directions by using provided nails or screws onto the supporting porch beam or post.

  • Carefully twist the threaded end of a hanging hook into position on the post beam (horizontally with the hook extending up to support the basket) or vertically if the hook is mounted to a porch beam.

  • Hang the basket on the hook or bracket.

Tips & Warnings

  • When purchasing hooks and brackets, sure the basket weight when thoroughly watered can be supported by the size of the hook or the bracket you are using. For high-reaching hanging baskets, use a watering attachment, or remove them to the ground prior to watering. Water all hanging baskets thoroughly during early morning, or later in the day for best results. For best color shop and foliage, use plant food according to manufacturer's instructions.

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