BASKET CHOICE AND LINING
If you are using a standard wire basket, you can use, coir, felt or sphagnum moss, but some of the baskets we stock come with a liner. We stock a large and varied selection of baskets.
As most baskets only last for a season a good multi purpose compost is fine, I prefer Jacks Magic or J Arthur Bowers MP. An addition of a small handful of slow release fertiliser, I use Gardman Miracle Gro all purpose, is a good idea. Also consider using water-retaining granules to help reduce the watering.
When you begin to arrange the plants in the basket, it is usually easiest to start with one, central plant. Around this, position some trailing plants to cover the sides of the basket, especially if it is made from wire. Colour choice is a personal preference but choose plants that flower reliably. You can choose to be symmetrical with your planting or opt for a more haphazard arrangement.
This list is by no means exhaustive:
Calibrachoa, Million Bells
All available to purchase here at the centre. Once all the plants are in, fill around the rootballs carefully with more compost, firming gently.
Check baskets every day in summer, water always unless already wet . Deadhead regularly, this promotes more flower growth .After about a month start feeding with a liquid feed, Miracle Gro or Baby Bio for instance.