How to Hang a Rail Planter

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How to Hang a Rail Planter
Spruce up railings with rail planters. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Rail planters are available in different materials, including metal, wood and plastic. They hang onto porch, deck or balcony railings. Growing trailing plants in the rail planters will create a beautiful and colourful atmosphere. These containers provide a way for a person to have a small container garden when outdoor yard space is limited. Rail planters also provide an easier way to garden, since most railings and balconies are waist-height, which eliminates the need to stoop or bend repeatedly.

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Things you need

  • Measuring tape
  • Pencil
  • Paper
  • Rail planters
  • Screwdriver
  • Black marker
  • Power drill

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  1. 1

    Measure the width of the top of the rail with a measuring tape. Write down the measurement. Take this measurement to the home improvement or garden supply store to choose the proper rail planter. You can also look for rail planters that include adjustable mounting brackets that slide open larger or smaller depending upon the rail size.

  2. 2

    Secure the metal mounting brackets onto the back of the rail planters, using the included hardware, with a screwdriver. Use the pre-drilled holes in the back of the rail planter to secure the brackets.

  3. 3

    Place the rail planters onto the railing where desired. Mark the bracket holes on the railing with a black marker so the exact placement will not be lost due to accidental movement of the rail planter before it is secure.

  4. 4

    Secure the rail planters to the railing by turning the included screws into the pre-drilled holes in the metal brackets, using a power drill.

  5. 5

    Test the rail planter by gently it. Tighten the screws in the mounting brackets.

  6. 6

    Fill each rail planter with potting soil and flowers and/or vegetable plants.

Tips and warnings

  • Purchase saddle-type rail planters for the deck, porch or fence. Saddle planters have a groove that fits directly on the railing, using no tools or mounting hardware.
  • For wooden decks or porches, avoid wood rot and damage by placing small, potted plants underneath the rail planters to catch the water draining out from the bottom holes.
  • Many mounting brackets have adjustable slides that tighten onto the railing without having to drill holes.
  • Always read and follow the included instructions given with every rail planter, as manufacturers have varying instructions for mounting their product.

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