How to Take Care of Hanging Plants

Hanging plants and baskets can be an attractive way to compliment your home or garden. Since hanging plants are suspended in the air, they are more susceptible to drying out at a faster pace than plants located on the ground level. Also watering hanging plants more often, you can take care of them by fertilizing them and trimming them to encourage additional growth and flower blooming. Continue reading this guide to learn how you can effectively take care of your hanging plants.


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    Place hanging plants in spots that can be adequately supported by the ceiling. If your plant grows large or heavy fruit or vegetables, or if you use a heavy container made of clay, your hanging plant may fall from the ceiling and be damaged if it is not properly supported.
    • Install large hooks into ceiling beams to help support large or heavy hanging baskets.
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    Water your hanging plants when they become dry. At some times, especially in warm or hot weather, you may need to water your plants up to 3 times per day.
    • Check the dryness of a plant by lifting its container slightly out of the hanging basket and feeling its weight. Dry plants will be significantly lighter than hydrated plants.
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    • Place one of your fingers 1 inch (2.54 cm) below the surface of the soil in one of your hanging plants. If the soil feels dry, you will need to water your plant.
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    Keep your hanging plants fertilized. Since hanging plants are watered more frequently because of their tendency to dry out faster, nutrients must be replenished in the soil by fertilizer.
    • Treat your hanging plants with fertilizer when the soil is moist and before the plants begin to wilt to gain the ideal results.
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    • Apply fertilizer to the soil of your hanging plants by following the instructions provided by the fertilizer's manufacturer. Some fertilizers will require you to apply them twice a week; whereas other types of fertilizers can be applied once every several months.
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    Remove any wilted or faded flowers after they have finished blooming. This will allow your hanging plants to apply their energy toward growing flowers, stems, and branches that have not yet grown or bloomed.


  • If you are hanging plants are too high for you to reach consistently, water them using a garden hose with a watering wand attached. Water the plants using a gentle stream of water, then stop when water beings to drain and pour out of the holes at the bottom of your hanging basket.
  • Use potting mix that is light in weight or soil-free in your hanging plants. This will help lighten the weight of your hanging baskets when they are suspended from the ceiling.
  • Place blooms such as verbena, impatiens, lantana, and angelonia into your hanging baskets; as these plant types require less maintenance and are available in various colors to brighten up your hanging baskets.


  • Water your hanging plants less often if you notice the leaves turning yellow or if the soil becomes soggy, as these are signs that you are watering your plants too often.

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