Choose a container that has holes in the bottom for drainage. Drainage is important for most types of flowers, grasses or plants that you would want to decorate with, so plan ahead. What is really fun is changing out the planting materials for each season or holiday. This is a easy and fun way to decorate the front of your home or entry.
Use all purpose potting soil. Packing peanuts in the bottom of the planter help minimize weight. We sell other materials that work - like our Pot Filler. The point is to make the hanging planter as light as possible. Don't fill the bottom with pot shards or gravel since the added weight could effect the hanging ability.
Mix in a slow release fertilizer, such as Osmocote, which provides nutrients to plants for several months. Trying to fertilize after you have placed the plant materials inside is hard to do. It is much easier to change out the soil and fertilizer each time you change the flowers.
Moisten the potting soil thoroughly. Don't skimp when it comes to the first watering. This helps to compact the soil, releasing air pockets that can cause problems. Make sure to keep watering after the plants or flowers are planted. A container that is hanging off a window ledge is exposed to more wind and weather elements so make sure you water to keep the soil from drying out.
Select plants according to preferred light exposure and how frequently you will be able to water. Space them closely for a full look. Add something to trail over the planter's edge. We love a trailing ivy that extends the length of the plant materials and adds character to every display.