West Carlston Garden Centre, Campsie Road, Torrance, Glasgow G64 4EZ, Tel: 01360 620248
The Amateur's Answer to a perfect Basket
(Looking after your Basket)
To obtain the best results from your basket please follow the instructions carefully.
N.B. Use at least a 12" basket - anything smaller doesn't give such good results.

Baskets are round bottomed and difficult to work with as they move about.
Remove the chains from your basket and place it on a large plant pot about the same size as your basket - this will hold it steady and stop it moving about.
Place your liner over the basket ensuring that the overhang is even all the way round. Place an old margarine tub in the bottom to create a reservoir.
(Fig 1)
Back to the Top
Half fill with good quality compost. Check overhang is still even. Mix in some slow release fertilizer (about 50g) then fill to the brim. Pull liner gently to spread out any overlaps. This gives a neater appearance.
(Fig 2)
Back to the Top
Place a rubber band round the rim of the basket so as to hold the liner tight to the outside of the basket.
(Fig 3)
Back to the Top
Trim the liner so as to give an overhang of about 7cms (Fig 4).
Now draw compost from the edges into the centre.
Gently fold the overlapping edge of the liner bask over into the basket, taking care not to dislodge the rubber band.
Back to the Top
Now push the compost from the centre back against the edge of the basket to hold the folded "liner overlap" in place.
(Fig 5)
Your basket is now ready to plant up.
If you intend to use Surfinias only the top of the basket needs planted.
Surfinias are so vigorous that they would quickly choke any other plants and block out light.
3 Surfias evenly spaced will produce a brilliant display.
There is a wide range of basket plants available nowadays to fill your basket.
At the end of the day this is down to personal choice - but do be adventurous.
Back to the Top
There are many variations in Hanging Basket design but all are filled in much the same way.
Start with an upright plant as a centrepiece to give height e.g. Fuchsia, Geranium or Non-Stop Begonia.
(Fig 6)
Next you will want to put plants in the side of the basket, preferably at 2 different levels.
Back to the Top
Start by placing 6 coins, evenly spaced on top of your compost.
(Fig 7)
Back to the Top
Under one coin cut a slot about 1/3 the way up from the bottom. (A slot is better than a hole as it prevents too much compost from spilling out).
(Fig 8)
Back to the Top
Now push a couple of fingers in through the slot to make a cavity in the compost.
Now push a plug plant into through the slot in the liner and into the cavity you have made in the compost. At the same time push down on the compost from the top with tour other hand to firm the plug plant in to place.
(Fig 9)
Back to the Top
Repeat under all 6 coins.
Now cut another 6 slots, this time 1/3 from the top and in between the coins.
Repeat the planting process with another 6 plugs.
(Fig 10)
Side planting is now complete.
Back to the Top
Moving on to the top of the basket now, insert a plant at each of places marked with a coin, about 25cms in from the side.
When all 6 plants are in place it is time to put one upright plant in the centre to give height to the basket.
Finally put 4 more plants between the centrpiece and the rim of the basket.
Your basket is now complete.
(Fig 11)
Having put so much time and effort and money into your basket it is important to look after it.
Back to the Top
Looking after your basket

Baskets need a lot of looking after.
In the basket described above there are 23 plants in a very small volume of compost.
23 plants will go through a lot of water every day so check your basket every day for watering and more than once a day in very warm weather.
Do not rely on the rain to water your basket.
Baskets are often sheltered by the house eaves and miss a lot of the rain.
When a basket fills out, rain just runs off the leaves missing the compost completely.
The Plants will quickly use up the feeding in the compost if you don't use slow release fertilizer.
Plants may survive without feeding but they most certainly won't thrive.
Finally, a lot of baskets are damaged because the wind batters them gainst the wall.
Use a bigger wall bracket than recommended to keep the basket well away from the wall.

Back to the Top

West Carlston Garden Centre & Tea Room, Campsie Road, Torrance, Glasgow, G64 4EZ
Tel: 01360 620248 -:- e-mail: info@westcarlston.com