Growing flower seeds for hanging baskets is an easy way to beautify any entryway or porch. Hanging baskets can cost quite a bit if purchased already made at most garden centres or nurseries. Starting your own flower hanging basket from seed is an inexpensive way to show off unique flower designs and colours.
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Things you need
- Flower seeds
- Hanging basket
- Basket hardware
- Potting mix
- Dish soap (Ivory or similar)
- Cling film
- Grow lights
- Hook to hang basket
Make a list of the different flowers to be featured in the hanging basket. Visit a local garden centre and purchase desired flower seeds and a hanging basket.
Plan the basket according to flower height and its growing mode--compact, trailing, mound or upright--as found on the seed packet instructions. Ask the local garden employee if instructions are not featured on the seed packet.
Clean the hanging basket with dish soap such as Ivory and warm water, making sure to eliminate all traces of soap residue. This process washes away any trace chemicals left behind in the manufacturing or transit process. Remove flower basket hardware, such as chains, to ensure a level surface while seeds are germinating.
Fill the hanging basket three-quarters full with good quality potting mix. Sow four to five seeds of varying flower varieties and colours on top of the potting mix according to your desired design. Generally, flower hanging baskets consist of a simple design consisting of a taller flower in the middle with four smaller, trailing plants around the diameter of the basket.
Cover the seeds with a thin layer of potting mix. Water thoroughly and lightly, so you do not displace potting mix from the seeds. Cover the basket lightly with one sheet of cling film. Place the covered basket in a warm location to allow the seeds to germinate--usually, one to two weeks.
Remove the plastic cover when the seeds begin to sprout. Place the basket under a grow light for 12 to 16 hours per day. The basket is ready to hang when the flower seedlings grow three to four leaves.
Assemble chains that were included with the hanging basket onto the basket. Use one or two screws to fasten a metal or decorative hook in the desired location such as a porch roof or entryway pole. Check seed packet instructions for information regarding flower lighting requirements. Choose a location according to these instructions. Hang the flower basket and water it daily.
Growing Hanging Baskets from Seeds
Tips and warnings
- Hanging baskets, like containers, lose more water than in-ground gardens. Water daily or whenever the soil feels dry to the touch.
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