This hanging globe planter can be easily made with sphagnum moss, dollar store hanging basket containers, and your favorite annual flowers.
When I saw small wire hanging baskets at the dollar store, I was reminded of the globe planters seen on Pinterest, and other gardening or craft blogs.
They sometimes are made with chicken wire or frames specifically made for this purpose, but I thought I might be able to create one with this more affordable material. Also, many of the globe planters are using succulents, which look beautiful, but succulents can be quite pricey, and you need many to fill this kind of planter.
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How to Make a Sphere Hanging Planter
I've worked with sphagnum moss many times. In fact, this planter is very much like the Sphagnum Moss Planter I made a few years ago.
I also used it to make a fun hanging vertical herb garden for my sister. The moss comes dry, and all you need to do is soak it in some water for a few minutes.
For this project start by removing the hanging chains (save one for later), and add a piece of plastic in the bottom.
Next, squeeze out some of the water from the moss and start lining the basket. You need to make it quite thick as the space between the wires is pretty large.
If you have a tighter basket then you can use less. Fill the basket 1/3 - 1/2 way, then add in some all-purpose potting soil.
Next add in some of the flowers. These are white begonias from a 6-pack. They will fill out and look nice and compact as they grow. Another good choice here would be alyssum.
Add some more moss and more flowers adding in more soil as you go.
Six pack annuals are perfect for this project, but if you can only find four inch pots take a close look at the top of the soil. If you look closely you may notice more than one plant. This way you can gently pull them apart and use each piece in a different area.
Fill in with more soil and then repeat the same steps for the second wire basket.
To create a globe, carefully tilt the baskets onto their sides, and use zip ties to bring the baskets together.
It would be helpful to have an extra set of hands at this point, but I did this one by myself, so you can too. Trim off the excess plastic from the zip tie with scissors.
You can now remove the plastic from the bottom.
Then use your fingers to make a hole in the bottom and insert another flowering plant.
At the top use the chain hanger and attach it evenly onto the spokes just outside the round circle. Then you can carefully remove the plastic and plant one final flower at the top.
Hang your masterpiece and smile. If you notice any bare spots you can add a little extra moss to fill it in.
How to Care for the Hanging Planter
To water use a watering wand to thoroughly drench the planter. Or fill a large tub with water, and immerse the entire planter for 20-30 seconds.
As time goes on feel free to trim the plants to keep the globe shape once or twice throughout the summer.
Wouldn't this make a great gift? Mother's Day, birthday, or a gift for anyone who loves flowers just because.
- 2 wire hanging baskets - (dollar store)
- spaghnum moss
- small zip ties
- potting soil
- flowers ( approx. 10 - 12)
- Soak the moss in some water for a few minutes.
- Remove the hanging chains from the wire baskets.
- Add a piece of plastic in the bottom.
- Squeeze out some of the water from the moss and start lining the basket.
- Fill the basket 1/3 - 1/2 way, then add in some all-purpose potting soil.
- Add in some of the flowers, some more moss and more flowers.
- Fill in with more soil.
- Repeat the same steps for the second wire basket.
- To make them into a globe, carefully tilt the baskets onto their sides.
- Use zip ties to bring the baskets together.
- Trim off the excess plastic from the zip tie with scissors.
- Remove the plastic from the bottom.
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