Guides on how to
How to plant up a artificial hanging basket from scratch.
Serves around 6 hanging baskets based on 30cm/12” diameter.
Empty hanging basket – one that has a polythene liner or is
a solid are best as you will be using Expanding Foam to fill the basket. Willow ones with liner are around £7.00 from
a well know auction site.
Cannister of Expanding Foam – I use Everbuild Fix & Fill
– you want the one that is hand held and has a plastic tube down the side. Available from buiilders merchants and a well
know auction site for around £7.00 for a 750ml cannister. The big DIY stores will be a lot more
expensive for the same thing.
Artificial plants from Plants Enhance – of course!
Cannister of spray glue available where you get the
Expanding Foam from
Dried and preserved moss – around £7.00 from that auction
site and hobby sites.
First fill a bucket or bowl with hot water and put the
cannister of expanding foam in it. If
you heat the foam just before using you will get a lot more out of the
cannister. I leave it in the water for a
few minutes and swirl the cannister around to heat all the foam. There are clear instructions how to use the
foam on the side of the cannister – basically secure the tube and hold it
upside down and press. Remember that it
expands so don’t fill more than half of the basket, actually keep it just under
I do about 6 baskets at a time – I spread them out in the
garden so that I can go from one to the other quickly. Before putting the foam in sprinkle some cold
water on the lining of the baskets this just helps the foam to adhere to the
liner. I have never tried the coco
liners but I don’t think that the foam would stick to that. I tuck the chain around the outside of the
basket so that it is out of the way.
Leave for 24 hours before attempting to do the next
stage. The top of the foam may appear
set but the middle will not be as it is a lot of foam to cure.
I put a cover of dried, preserved moss on top of my baskets
but you do not have to do this as usually the top of the basket will be not
seen as the baskets are up higher than you can see – well especially me as I am
If you want to do this then use the spray glue over the foam
– hold it away from yourself otherwise you end up with glue on you as well –
yes ok I learnt the hard way – then stick the moss on top, press firmly down
and leave for a little while to dry.
Put the chain of the basket so that the hook is in the
middle of the basket on top of the foam.
This nicely then divides the basket in to 3 sections.
In a 30cm/12” basket I use 3 ivy bushes and 5 pansy bushes –
3 around the outside with 2 in the middle.
You then have a lovely colourful hanging basket ready to
hang up. When the pansy bushes start to
look “tired” then just remove them and replace with new ones from – yes –
Don’t worry about the rain as the foam will not soak it up
and in the wicker baskets the water just drains naturally but if you have a
solid basket then you may need to put in a couple of drainage holes.
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