January 18, 2016
Lining My New Hanging Planters with Moss
Our exciting hanging basket project continues in my main greenhouse.
As many of you recall, last week, I shared photos of several new hanging planters that were painted gray for use at the farm. The next step before planting was to line them all with sphagnum moss and the coconut coir liners that originally came with the basket delivery from Kinsman Company. I like to use both materials in my hanging containers - they not only look pretty when used together, but they also help to keep the potting mix inside the planter. Here are more photos - enjoy.
1 Mosses are small flowerless plants that usually grow in dense clumps or mats in dark, or shady locations. There are a lot of sources for moss. We got this supply from US Evergreen in New York City.
2 Remember the hanging baskets we painted? They look so nice colored in gray. These beautiful baskets came from Kinsman Company. http://www.kinsmangarden.com
3 To keep the baskets still and easy to work with, Ryan used an empty terra cotta pot as a base.
4 He covered it with an old towel to prevent the basket from getting scratched.
5 And then, he placed the basket on top of the covered pot.
6 Make sure the moss is relatively moist when working with it. Ryan pulled apart big pieces to line the inside of the basket.
7 Ryan carefully placed each piece into the wire basket. I also like wire baskets because their construction allows you to position plants along the side as well as up top.
8 The important thing was to make sure every bit of space was filled with moss. Ryan pressed the moss into the wire just enough, so it was secure.
9 Sphagnum is a genus of about 120-species of mosses known as peat moss. It works great to store water, and looks so pretty in hanging containers.
10 Here, the basket was nearly all filled.
11 This is the coconut coir liner that came with the hanging pot. Liners come in all different sizes and shapes, but this one was already specifically molded to one of the baskets we ordered.
12 Ryan placed the liner in the basket and pressed down to secure it in the moss.
13 Ryan made sure it made good contact with the moss. These liners are great for containing all the potting mix in the basket.
14 Because the liner was laying on top of the sphagnum moss, any extra coco coir liner was cut from the top.
15 Ryan used a pair of gardening snips to easily cut through the coir liner.
16 Cut the liner using the rim as the guide. The sphagnum moss and coir should only reach the top of the basket.
17 Look at the basket and fill in any spaces with more moss.
18 Be sure it is all firmly in place. The moss should look snug in the wire vessel.
19 Ryan gave it one last look.
20 Here is a view inside the basket - it is all ready to be planted.
21 Here is the outside of the basket - so pretty.
22 Next, Ryan tackled a bigger basket, also from Kinsman company.
23 Ryan lined it with a lot of moss, working from the bottom up.
24 Ryan placed one hand in the basket and the free hand on the outside of the basket to press the moss firmly between his two hands. The moss should be about an inch thick.
25 He placed the liner inside.
26 Pressed firmly and carefully so the coco coir liner was sitting on the moss.
27 He cut any excess off from the top of the basket.
28 Blackie the cat watched with some interest.
29 Finally, Ryan went over the basket again to fill in any spaces. The coir liner should not be seen from the sides of the basket. Ryan filled in this space with more moss.
30 He also did a cone shaped basket.
31 Ryan had lots more baskets to do, but I can't wait until I show you the finished product. You will be amazed.