Hanging baskets are a delightful way to bring the essence of a summer garden or a cool forest glade into your home. Verdant green leaves spilling down from a hanging basket add a soothing natural touch to any décor. A hanging basket filled with bright colored flowers adds a bright spot of color to indoor rooms. Outdoors hanging baskets make a lovely focal point for porches and lattice-covered patios.
Hanging baskets can be planted with a single species or several types of plants can be mixed. When mixing plants be sure to choose plants with similar light and watering requirements. Long-leafed ferns like the Kimberly Queen Fern (Nephrolepis), also known as the Boston Fern, make attractive hanging baskets. Trailing vines and flowers are particular hanging basket favorites. English Ivy (Hedera), Spider Plant and Wandering Jew are all easy to grow and exhibit lovely trailing tendrils of variegated green foliage. The Spider Plant is particularly fun to grow. It drops new growth on long, thin, bare, arching stems looking very much like tiny green spiders hanging under the mother plant. Some of the most eye-catching hanging baskets combine upright flowers with trailing vines.
Many hanging baskets can travel from indoors to outdoors in summer once nighttime temperatures stay above 55 to 60 degrees Fahrenheit. Gradually accustom plants to outside temperatures, by taking them outside during the day. Avoid placing plants in direct sunlight as this will be too harsh and may cause burning along leaf edges. Place plants where they will receive filtered sunlight or indirect early morning or late afternoon exposure. For the first week, bring hanging baskets in at night, gradually lengthening the amount of time they are outdoors. When overnight temperatures start to drop in early fall, plants should be relocated indoors until next spring.