This rustic sphagnum moss hanging planter tutorial is easy to make. All you need is the moss, some soil and a few plants to achieve the look.
Today I'm creating a rustic sphagnum moss hanging planter.
When I was pregnant with my first child, we moved into a house right next door to my older sister. Her home was situated on 5 acres of land with tons of beautiful plants and trees.
Our property was just under 1 acre, with many mature trees including pear, crab apple, lilac bushes, and more. This is really the first place I practiced gardening in full as an adult and have loved it ever since.
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One of the fun garden projects my sister introduced me to was making baskets from sphagnum moss.
Today you can easily find baskets with husk liners and even some with moss, which was unheard of back then.
However, it is still a nice way to create your own garden art, and one I would like to share with you today.
How to Make a Rustic Sphagnum Moss Hanging Planter
Wire hanging basket
Sphagnum moss ( I used a little less than 2 bags of .25 cu ft)
Trailing & low growing plants (I used trailing verbena, ivy geranium, pink impatiens, and alyssum)
First, you have to soak the moss in water for about 5 minutes.
Next, grab handfuls of the moss and squeeze out the water and line the basket.
Then poke holes around the sides and insert your plants adding potting soil around the roots to secure them in place.
Add some additional plants on top and fill in with potting soil.
Water well and hang.
Note: If you live in a very warm climate or have unseasonably hot weather this one will dry out quickly. Spray it with a hose or fill up a large tub and sink the entire basket in the water.
It's quick and easy and I really like the rustic country look. You can also make a similar hanging herb garden with sphagnum moss. Or this moss globe flower planter.
As the plants grow and fill in feel free to trim them to keep the planter looking nice and tidy. This particular basket is earmarked for the baby I delivered in that house, who just moved into her own first home.
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Rustic Sphagnum Moss Hanging Planter
- Wire hanging basket
- Sphagnum moss
- Trailing & low growing plants
- Potting soil
- Soak the moss in water for about 5 minutes.
- Grab handfuls of the moss and squeeze out the water.
- Line the basket.
- Poke holes around the sides.
- Insert your plants, adding potting soil around the roots to secure them in place.
- Add some additional plants on top.
- Fill in with potting soil.
- Water well and hang.
Thank you for sharing. This is an excellent anytime gift. I am going to make up a few extra and keep hanging in y yard until needed. I fear I might get too attached, hmmmm I suppose those are the ones I should gift first.❤️❤️
I know what you mean Janelle. Sometimes it's hard to part with your creations.
Thanks Patti for sharing the rustic basket recipe. Looks great Mary
I'm so glad you like the basket. It's one of my favorites to make as a gift because it's so pretty. They can dry out easily, so remember to dunk them or get a good sprayer hose for dousing.
Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your week,
Beautiful basket! Thanks for the tutorial.
Where did you purchase sphagnum moss?
You will have to show it when it matures.
I bought the moss at Home Depot in the garden center. There's a pic of it the post. It comes in a rectangular block. I gave the basket to my daughter. I'll ask her to send me a pic in a month or so and post it.
Thanks for stopping by,
So pretty! I can't wait to see it grown out.
Carole West @ Garden Up Green
Love this project - i recently started making planters because my garden is pretty much sitting in water overload; we're calling May monsoon season. Your planter is going to be really neat when it grows out. Love the color combination and variety. Carole