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Instructions to Make Hanging Baskets for Winter

Saptakee Sengupta Dec 12, 2018
Want to make hanging winter baskets? Read the instructions mentioned further to create them in no time, along with information on which plants to use.
There is a wide variety of flowers that bloom during the winter season. These flowers beautify the landscape and the gardens. In order to create a hanging winter basket, you first need to know which flowers to use. The size, depth, and color of the basket are some additional factors that you need to consider.


You can select from a wide range of hanging planters to create the basket. Traditional ceramic pots, clay pots, and terracotta pots are heavier as compared to handwoven baskets. While hanging them, make sure they are properly secured.
Bamboo plant baskets, plastic tubs, or handmade baskets look beautiful when planted with ornamental plants. The basic steps required to create a hanging winter basket are given ahead.
  • Prepare the soil by mixing manure, compost, fertilizer; the ratio depending on the plant.
  • Buy a fiber liner to cover inner portion of the basket to prevent moss growth.
  • Sometime clay pots permit leakage of water. In such cases, you can place a plastic liner on the top of the fiber to stop water seepage.
  • Now start placing the plants. Arrange their roots properly so that they derive maximum nutrition from the soil.
  • Fill at least two-thirds of the basket with soil and firm the roots tightly into it. Water it once done.
  • Hang the plants outside only after the frosty days are over.

Plants You Can Use

The most common winter flowers for hanging baskets are pansies, ivy, primroses, cyclamen, snowdrop, etc. If optimal conditions are provided, these plants blossom fully during the winter season. Moreover, you can grow one or two similar species inside the same basket to create a blend of colors.
The conditions mentioned hereon are essential for growing winter plants in hanging baskets.
  • Delicate winter pansies have red, yellow, and green colors. They require a well-drained soil for survival. Remove the dead foliage at regular intervals. Alternately expose the plants to full light and shade, and offer a clayey loam soil for maximum growth.
  • Trailing ivy brings the beauty of the spring season during winter months. It hangs out from the basket and has a dense branching system. It grows best when potted in ceramic pots or wrought iron planters. Place the hanging flower baskets into direct sunlight and enrich the loam with peat moss.
  • Planting cyclamen during winter season is a great idea. Plants from this genus bear red, pink, and white patterned flowers that greatly complement a handwoven bamboo basket or a clay tub. Keep the plants under shade for maximum foliage.
  • Hardy primroses grow beautifully during winter months. Your garden planters will brim with small multicolored flowers that range from red and white, to pink and purple. You can plant them in any planter as they don't weigh much.
  • Giant snowdrops look charming on pots that are considerably deep. This is because a single flower will grow on the top of the stem; thus, you can make them grow in clusters when the pot has a deep base. Keep the soil a little moist and well drained.
In the gloomy months of winter, these flowers will add the much-needed color. Hang these baskets at your windows, doors, and at your entrance.