Hanging plants add a decorative feature to areas of the yard where other kinds of plantings don't fit or won't give colour where you want it, such as along a shed, fence or deck. Purdue University recommends choosing strong support for hanging plants to ensure that the pot's weight doesn't cause it to break. Some pots come with holes on the sides for hanging. Buy pot hangers with attached hooks or follow guidelines for hanging flower pots securely with basic hardware.
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Things you need
- Chain, 1/4-inch strong chain, 4 lengths, 18- to 24-inch, for each pot
- 1-inch metal O-rings 16-gauge or thicker, 1 for each flower pot hanger
- S-hooks that fit the flower pot side holes
- Needle-nose pliers
- Tape measure
- Shepherd's hooks
- Heavy-duty screw-in hooks
Install the supporting hooks in the desired locations for the hanging flower pots. Use screw-in hooks for overhead locations, such as patio or deck beams or porch ceilings. Start the hole with a hammer and nail or a drill bit the width of the hook shank -- the area of the hook below the threads. Turn the hook to the right by hand. Cover the hook with a rag and grip it with a pliers to finish screwing it in.
Install shepherd's hooks into a wall or fence to support a hanging basket. Put a screw through each hole in the base of the hook.
Fit one S-hook into each of the flower pot's side holes, with the bottom end of the S-hook aiming toward the pot's centre.
Open an end link of each chain with needle-nose pliers, attach each end link to the O-ring and close each link with needle-nose pliers.
Hold the chain pot hanger over the pot to keep the chains straight. Slip a free end of one of the chains over the top end of one S-hook. Repeat, matching up each chain with an S-hook.
Hang the O-ring over the hook at the desired location.
Repeat Steps 2 through 4 for each hanging flower pot that has holes in the sides.
Tips and warnings
- Have an assistant hand you the flower pot once you mount the ladder. Avoid overreaching from a ladder.
- If there are eye-bolts in place for hanging plants, use an S-hook to hang the plant hanger; put one end of the S-hook through the eye-bolt and the other through the hanger's O-ring.
- To hang wire baskets or pots without holes, hook S-hooks under the top wire or rim, as long as the flower pot rim is large enough and strong enough to support the combined weight of soil, plants and water.
- Avoid using cotton cord to hang plants -- it may break.
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