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Top 10 hanging basket tips

Paul Hansord's Top 10 Hanging Basket Tips

We're here to help you create the perfect hanging basket. A summer garden is often enhanced by the sight of beautiful hanging baskets providing colour at different heights in the garden. Hanging baskets, containers and Flower Pouches™ add a whole new dimension to gardening, helping to utilise all your available space. With hanging baskets and Flower Pouches™ you can brighten up a sunny wall, or with the right choice of plants, even add colour to those tricky shady areas. And remember that when choosing which hanging baskets to buy, size IS everything! The bigger the basket, the bigger the spread and height of the display.

Paul Hansord brings you his top 10 tips for hanging baskets!


Always use a good quality compost as plants grown in a small area need the best possible start.


Choose the right plants for baskets; not all plants are suitable. Read the product copy carefully and make sure that you select long flowering varieties and plants with scent.


Plant up your baskets in April to allow the plants to establish before putting your baskets outside when the risk of frost has passed.


Side planting is essential to grow an avalanche of colour. Any basket under 38cm (15in) makes this diffi cult. The new 15in Easy Fill hanging basket, as featured, is the best basket for side planting. Don’t be tempted by cheaper, smaller baskets - they'll dry out within hours in hot weather.


Always add Incredibloom™ and Swell Gel™ to the compost, as plants are always very hungry and thirsty.

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To have interesting baskets all year round, it's essential to have two sets so that you don’t have to wait for your summer baskets to finish flowering before planting up your winter baskets.


The removal of all the first flowers, as well as pinching shoot tips, will enable the plant to put all of its efforts into growing stronger roots and in turn, will lead to thousands of flowers throughout the long season.


Water regularly throughout the season, being particularly vigilant in hot weather.


Top dressing your baskets with Incredibloom™ saves messing about with liquid feeds.

Tip 10

Regular maintenance is essential to grow a stunning basket to last the season. Deadheading and trimming when the plants start to look straggly will encourage many more blooms.

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