What you will need:

  • Hanging basket
  • Fibrous lining
  • Black plastic
  • Quality potting mix
  • Water crystals
  • Selection of suitable plants
  • Screwdriver
  • Small plastic pot
  • Small bucket


  1. Line the inside of basket with the fibrous lining. If necessary remove and cut it to size t ensure a better fit.
  2. Soak water crystals in water in a small bucket.
  3. Cut a square of black plastic to fit into base of basket. Use the screwdriver to poke several holes through plastic to create drainage holes.
  4. Fill half the basket with the potting mix. Then sprinkle the mixture with a handful of pre-soaked water crystals. Continue to fill the remainder of the basket with potting mix just short of the top of the basket.
  5. Make a hole in centre of potting mix in basket, large enough for tallest plant’s root ball. Position plant in centre, then pot up smaller plants around it. Water well, re-attach chains and hang.