Arrange a Succulent Hanging BasketArrange a Succulent Hanging Basket
Ease of care and the use of vertical garden space prompted the creation of this charming succulent hanging basket. However, suspended containers can be more at the mercy of arid summer temperatures and drying winds than their bedded neighbors. Planting the basket with succulents was the inspired solution here.
A thoughtful combination of choice tender and winter-hardy succulents fill this container. Plant material was not only inserted into the top of the moss-lined wire basket but into the sides of the basket as well, filling out the arrangement and giving it cohesive, 360-degree appeal.
- For succulents, I recommend mixing two-thirds commercial potting mix with one-third chicken grit or turface (a baked clay soil conditioner similar to crushed terracotta).
- Before filling the moss baskets with the container mix, line the inside with plastic, landscape fabric or a double layer of burlap to ensure the potting mix won’t fall out through the moss. The extra lining will also help the soil retain moisture. If you use a plastic liner, slice a few drainage holes into it.
- Although the thick, fleshy foliage of succulents gives them some tolerance to drought, it’s important to regularly monitor the moisture of the medium. I prefer to keep most succulents on the dry side, but when they are watered, they must receive a thorough drink. Let the potting mix dry out between dousings.
- Ensure supports can hold the weight of the planter when it’s moist.
- In the fall, dismantle the basket and plant the hardy succulents into the garden. Tip and leaf cuttings of the echeveria are easily rooted and overwintered indoors.
Succulent Hanging Basket – Clever container fixes for every problem area
Condition: Shade/low light
Container solution: Bold and dramatic pots. Consider the color of the container to also add impact.
Plant solution: Ferns, caladiums, impatiens, tuberous begonias, browallias, boxwoods, ivies, deadnettles (Lamium), hostas, shade-tolerant grasses
Condition: Hot and dry
Container solution: Deep containers with large soil capacity, made from resin, cast-iron, terracotta, concrete or fiberglass
Plant solution: Hardy and tropical succulents, such as sedums, echeverias, agaves, geraniums (Pelargonium spp.), cannas, fibrous begonias, portulacas, gazanias, selected ornamental grasses, phormiums
Condition: Limited ground space
Container solution: Hanging baskets and window boxes that can be supported and attached to an overhead or vertical surfaces
Plant solution: Select a mixture of upright and cascading plant material suitable or the light levels
Condition: Windy exposure
Container solution: Avoid lightweight, porous containers. Use heavier options, such as cast-iron, terracotta, concrete or fiber stone
Plant solution: Ornamental grasses, cabbage palms, ivies, geraniums, portulacas, fibrous begonias. Avoid plant material with large, thin foliage
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