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Christmas Cactus hanging basket in full bloom for the Holidays. Mandavilla is a tropical vining plant that is beautiful in hanging baskets. Gorgeous Petunias in mixed colors. Poinsettia hanging baskets brighten up the winter Holiday Season.

Flowering Hanging Baskets

from Alyssum to Verbena

 
Flowering hanging baskets provide long-lasting beauty both indoors and out. Brighten up a porch, patio or deck. Create a hanging garden under your favorite tree. Or, create your own little oasis in your sunroom. They also make great gifts!

Whether you buy already planted hanging baskets or plant them yourself, consider the following first:

What size do you need?

Small pots dry out faster, but very large baskets with more soil may become too heavy to handle. A 14-inch diameter, deep hanging basket is a good place to start until you get a feel for what you like.

Baskets come in a variety of materials.

Plastic retains moisture well, is inexpensive and easy to find. Coco-fiber/moss baskets are more decorative but dry out faster and liners need to be replaced periodically. Ceramic pots are similar to plastic and can be more decorative, but they also add weight to your basket. Wood and terra cotta dry out faster than plastic, but not as quickly as a fiber-lined basket.

Choose plants that fit your environment and lifestyle.

Will your baskets be hanging in sun or shade? Do you have enough time to meet your plants’ water needs? Do they require deadheading? How much fertilizer will be needed? How much time you have to devote to your hanging flower garden should help determine the plants you get.

Use a good, light potting soil and replace the soil in your baskets every year.

There are several good commercial mixes available – some even come with fertilizer.

  • 47160 *Calibrachoa MiniFamous Dark B
  • 47162 *Calibrachoa MiniFamous Double
  • 47161 *Calibrachoa MiniFamous Double
  • 47163 *Calibrachoa MiniFamous Purpl
  • 47164 *Calibrachoa MiniFamous Vampir
  • 47165 *Calibrachoa MiniFamous White
  • 47166 *Combo 102BA Trixi Bolero 10"
  • 47167 *Combo 102CA Trixi Brass Band
  • 47168 *Combo 107BA Confetti Garden H
  • 47182 *Combo 98D 10" Hanging Basket
  • 47241 Begonia Beauville Salmon 10" H
  • 30114 Begonia Dragon Wing Pink 12" H
  • 11436 Begonia Dragon Wing Red 12" Ha
  • 43259 Begonia Encanto Orange 10" HB
  • 44951 Begonia Encanto Pink 10" HB
  • 44953 Begonia Encanto Red 10" HB
  • 47239 Begonia Fragrant Lemon
  • 30123 Begonia Nonstop Deep Salmon 10
  • 42205 Begonia Nonstop Mocca Deep Ora
  • 33561 Begonia Nonstop Pink 10" Hangi
  • 31642 Begonia Nonstop Red 10" Hangin
  • 30125 Begonia Nonstop Yellow 10" Han
  • 31746 Begonia Rieger Baladin 10" HB
  • 30126 Begonia Rieger Barkos 10" Hang
  • 30127 Begonia Rieger Berseba 10" Han
  • 44955 Begonia Rieger Blitz 10" HB
  • 30128 Begonia Rieger Borias 10" HB
  • 44956 Begonia Rieger Camilla 10" HB
  • 30129 Begonia Rieger Clara 10" Hangi
  • 36168 Begonia Rieger Netja Dark 10"
  • 46945 Begonia Rieger Veronica 10" HB
  • 47240 Begonia Soft Pink Angel
  • 42208 Calibra Superbells Blue Moon10
  • 42210 Calibra Superbells Double Ruby
  • 45369 Calibrachoa Aloha Pineapple 10
  • 44958 Calibrachoa Kona Dark Red 10"
  • 35993 Calibrachoa MiniFamous Dark Bl
  • 33477 Calibrachoa MiniFamous Dark Bl
  • 33479 Calibrachoa MiniFamous Dbl Blu
  • 44964 Calibrachoa MiniFamous Dbl Lem
  • 36169 Calibrachoa MiniFamous Dbl Pin
  • 46949 Calibrachoa MiniFamous Dbl Pin
  • 44965 Calibrachoa MiniFamous Dbl Sil
  • 46950 Calibrachoa MiniFamous Dbl Sil
  • 46952 Calibrachoa MiniFamous Dbl Yel
  • 46947 Calibrachoa MiniFamous Deep Or
  • 38434 Calibrachoa MiniFamous Deep Ye
  • 37714 Calibrachoa MiniFamous Deep Ye
  • 33480 Calibrachoa MiniFamous Double
  • 47339 Calibrachoa MiniFamous Light B
  • 33478 Calibrachoa MiniFamous Light P
  • 36172 Calibrachoa MiniFamous Neo Sal
  • 42251 Calibrachoa MiniFamous Neo Vam
  • 37713 Calibrachoa MiniFamous Neo Whi
  • 45206 Calibrachoa MiniFamous Orange/
  • 38286 Calibrachoa MiniFamous Purple
  • 40039 Calibrachoa MiniFamous Purple
  • 45220 Calibrachoa MiniFamous Salmon
  • 42252 Calibrachoa MiniFamous White/Y
  • 45221 Calibrachoa Neo Vampire 12" Ha
  • 30145 Calibrachoa Superbells Grape P
  • 31339 Calibrachoa Superbells Lemon S
  • 07679 Christmas Cactus Asst. 8" HB
  • 42299 Combo 102B Trixi Bolero 18
  • 45236 Combo 102C Trixi Brass Band 10
  • 45243 Combo 103B Written in the Star
  • 43274 Combo 103C Popular Demand 10"
  • 47171 Combo 103X Cajun Flare 10" HB
  • 31770 Combo 107 Confetti Garden Hawa
  • 36087 Combo 107A Confetti Garden Haw
  • 37785 Combo 107B Confetti Garden Haw
  • 45238 Combo 107D Confetti Garden Haw
  • 42303 Combo 108B Trixi Spring Valley
  • 45239 Combo 108D Confetti Garden Wat
  • 37787 Combo 110D Confetti Garden Wat
  • 36086 Combo 111A Confetti Garden Haw
  • 31776 Combo 113 Trixi Double Date 10
  • 36096 Combo 113C Trixi Double Delig
  • 45240 Combo 113D Trixi Flirtini 10"
  • 31777 Combo 114 Trixi Strawberry Sho
  • 31779 Combo 116 Trixi Caribbean Cock
  • 31780 Combo 117 Trixi Gold and Bold
  • 45242 Combo 117C Old Glory 10" HB
  • 31783 Combo 120 Trixi Purple with a
  • 42319 Combo 15 Iguana Envy 12" HB
  • 30281 Combo 17 12" Hanging Basket
  • 36056 Combo 17A 12" Hanging Basket
  • 31958 Combo 23 Napa Twilight 12" H
  • 31959 Combo 24 Raven's Midnight 12"
  • 33427 Combo 26A Bahama Beach 12" Han
  • 31796 Combo 29 Candyland 12" Hanging
  • 36064 Combo 2A Above and Beyond 12"
  • 45257 Combo 2B Believe in Fairies 12
  • 33430 Combo 33A Starry Night 12" Han
  • 42324 Combo 37 Spring Valley 12" HB
  • 31809 Combo 42 Trixi Old Glory 12" H
  • 31810 Combo 43 Trixi Berry Daring 12
  • 31811 Combo 44 Trixi Caribbean Cockt
  • 31812 Combo 45 Trixi Gold & Bold 12"
  • 31816 Combo 48 Trixi Lollipop 12" Ha
  • 45263 Combo 50 Trixi Flirtini 12" HB
  • 45264 Combo 50A Trixi Brass Band 12"
  • 31819 Combo 51 Trixi Purple with a P
  • 47032 Combo 6C In Our Element 12" HB
  • 47033 Combo 6D The Flamenco 12" HB
  • 47034 Combo 6E True Beauty 12" HB
  • 30156 Fuchsia Blue Eyes 10" Hanging
  • 30157 Fuchsia Dark Eyes 10" Hanging
  • 46965 Fuchsia Dollar Princess 10" HB
  • 30160 Fuchsia Southgate 10" HB
  • 30161 Fuchsia Swingtime 10" HB
  • 46966 Fuchsia Voodoo 10" HB
  • 46967 Fuchsia Windchimes Neon/White
  • 46968 Fuchsia Windchimes Rose/Purple
  • 46970 Geranium Calliope Med. Hot Ros
  • 46969 Geranium Calliope Med. Hot Ros
  • 45251 Geranium Calliope Medium Crims
  • 45208 Geranium Calliope Medium Crims
  • 45303 Geranium Calliope Medium Dark
  • 31631 Geranium Calliope Medium Dark
  • 33488 Geranium Calliope Medium Hot P
  • 45370 Geranium Calliope Medium Pink
  • 45371 Geranium Calliope Medium Pink
  • 31878 Geranium Ivy Great Balls of Fi
  • 33489 Geranium Ivy Great Balls of Fi
  • 31877 Geranium Ivy Great Balls of Fi
  • 46971 Geranium Ivy Great Balls of Fi
  • 46972 Geranium Ivy Great Balls of Fi
  • 46973 Geranium Savannah Oh So Orange
  • 40807 Geranium Savannah Really Red 1
  • 41900 Geranium Survivor Dark Red 10"
  • 46974 Geranium Survivor Dark Red 12"
  • 46975 Geranium Survivor Indigo Sky 1
  • 46976 Geranium Survivor Indigo Sky 1
  • 37743 Geranium Survivor Salmon Sensa
  • 33494 Geranium Survivor Salmon Sensa
  • 41897 Geranium Zonal Survivor Blue 1
  • 41901 Geranium Zonal Survivor Coral
  • 41898 Geranium Zonal Survivor Hot Pi
  • 46979 Impatiens N.G. Paradise Bicolo
  • 46980 Impatiens N.G. Sonic Sweet Ora
  • 46981 Impatiens N.G. Sonic Sweet Pur
  • 46982 Impatiens N.G. Supersonic Swee
  • 46983 Impatiens N.G. Tamarinda Max N
  • 46984 Impatiens N.G. Tamarinda Max P
  • 46985 Impatiens N.G. Tamarinda Red B
  • 35978 Impatiens New Guinea Magnum Bl
  • 37702 Impatiens New Guinea Magnum Cl
  • 37751 Impatiens New Guinea Magnum Cl
  • 37755 Impatiens New Guinea Magnum Fi
  • 37757 Impatiens New Guinea Magnum Ho
  • 37758 Impatiens New Guinea Magnum La
  • 46977 Impatiens New Guinea Magnum Ma
  • 37761 Impatiens New Guinea Magnum Or
  • 33499 Impatiens New Guinea Magnum Pi
  • 42233 Impatiens New Guinea Magnum Pu
  • 35979 Impatiens New Guinea Magnum Re
  • 35980 Impatiens New Guinea Magnum Wh
  • 45214 Impatiens New Guinea Magnum Wi
  • 45212 Lobelia Laguna Dark Blue 10" H
  • 30202 Lobelia Laguna Sky Blue 10" Ha
  • 45211 Lobelia Laguna Ultraviolet 10"
  • 42256 Lobelia Mag. Bskt E. Bl 10" HB
  • 42262 Petunia Bermuda Beach 12" HB
  • 42215 Petunia Supertunia Bermuda Bea
  • 30214 Petunia Supertunia Bordeaux 10
  • 30215 Petunia Supertunia Bordeaux 12
  • 30216 Petunia Supertunia Bordeaux 16
  • 37774 Petunia Supertunia Honey 10" H
  • 42217 Petunia Supertunia Lovie Dovie
  • 42260 Petunia Supertunia Lovie Dovie
  • 30226 Petunia Supertunia Mini Blue V
  • 45252 Petunia Supertunia Picasso in
  • 46990 Petunia Supertunia Raspberry R
  • 47172 Petunia Supertunia Raspberry R
  • 46991 Petunia Supertunia Really Red
  • 30249 Petunia Supertunia Royal Velve
  • 30250 Petunia Supertunia Royal Velve
  • 30225 Petunia Supertunia Trailing Bl
  • 31634 Petunia Supertunia Trailing Bl
  • 30228 Petunia Supertunia Trailing Br
  • 30229 Petunia Supertunia Trailing Br
  • 30231 Petunia Supertunia Trailing Pu
  • 30232 Petunia Supertunia Trailing Pu
  • 30233 Petunia Supertunia Trailing Ro
  • 30236 Petunia Supertunia Trailing Si
  • 30237 Petunia Supertunia Trailing St
  • 42433 Petunia Supertunia Vista Bubbl
  • 46986 Petunia Supertunia Vista Mini
  • 46989 Petunia Supertunia Vista Mini
  • 46992 Petunia Supertunia Vista Parad
  • 46993 Petunia Supertunia Vista Snowd
  • 30445 Petunia Supertunia White 12" H
  • 42272 Petunia Surfinia Deep Re
  • 30253 Petunia Vista Bubblegum 16" Ha
  • 36495 Petunia Vista Silverberry 12"

Water

Strike a happy medium between “too wet” and “too dry.” In cooler weather, you may need to water less frequently. As plants grow bigger and summer heat arrives, prepare to water as much as once a day (maybe even twice a day, depending on the plant and where you live). Windy days tend to dry the soil out faster, as well.

1. Make sure your pot has drainage holes
2. Water only when the top of the soil is dry to the touch
3. Water until it comes out of the drainage holes
4. Don’t allow your pot to sit in standing water

Fertilizer

Add a slow or controlled-release fertilizer to your hanging basket right after you buy or plant it.  By midsummer, you can start using a water-soluble fertilizer once a week.  If your plants are exposed to heavy rains, you may want to give them a dose of water-soluble fertilizer after the rain stops, as much of the existing fertilizer may have gotten washed out with the rain.

Other Maintenance

Some plants may need deadheading or even a midsummer “haircut”.  Hanging baskets that have become spindly and ungainly over time can benefit from a trim. Using sharp scissors or clippers, trim an inch or more off the entire basket. If you have long trailing pieces that you don't like, cut them off. You may be temporarily robbed of flowers, but trimming the plant will help it branch out and look better long-term. And, the flowers should return within a few days to a week and, given enough fertilizer, your plant is likely to start growing more strongly again.


Information for this care sheet was supplied, in part, by Proven Winners® at www.provenwinners.com, “Hope for Hanging Baskets” by Kerry Meyer. Milmont Garden Center is pleased to offer a variety of Proven Winners plants.