How to Select a Basket Planter

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Basket planters make an eye-catching statement on any porch, deck, or patio and also work great in conservatories or homes to host sun-loving plants.

Opt for trailing plants when selecting basket plants – such as lobelia, aquilegia, and petunias, which bloom for months on end; vinca (commonly referred to as periwinkle) provides plenty of beautiful blooms, too! Water early in the morning to minimize evaporation while giving time for compost and roots to absorb it all.

Size

Basket planters are a beautiful way to show off your houseplants, but selecting the appropriate size can be tricky. To maximize room for growth and development of the plants inside it while making sure the basket looks attractive compared to its host pot, ideally, the basket should be slightly larger than its interior pot size; this way, it won’t look out-of-scale with its internal planter counterpart.

When selecting a basket planter, always consider its dimensions and opening. This is especially important if you intend on repotting houseplants – you want the soil depth to be just right – not too shallow or deep for their particular species. When selecting taller planters, adding an inner liner may also prevent soil from spilling out of its pot onto floors or carpets.

Remember that some baskets come equipped with side handles while others do not. If you plan to utilize any side handles, make sure they can support the weight of your plant without breaking. Twine or brown florist tape are great ways to secure their ends if necessary.

Etsy offers many unique handmade woven baskets, each boasting a particular character and appearance. Crafted with sustainably sourced materials to support small businesses and indigenous artisans in developing nations. Additionally, they’re often more cost-effective than traditional terracotta or plastic pots, so if you’re considering purchasing one, make sure that size measurements and shipping costs are taken into consideration before making your decision – otherwise, returning the basket can become cumbersome; for best results, consider ordering multiple sizes so that when needed one fits perfectly for you.

Style

Basket planters make an eye-catching statement piece or beautiful accent piece in any living space, perfect for adding greenery. Not only are these eco-friendly containers designed to grow plants, but they can also double up as decorative centerpieces and wall hangings! And because their construction includes natural materials like bamboo and cork, they are eco-friendly.

Your selection of basket planters depends upon what types of houseplants you wish to grow in them. Smaller baskets work well for trailing houseplants like peperomia and ivy, while larger ones can accommodate shrubs or trees like Dracaena. Baskets also make an effective display solution for mound-shaped houseplants, such as palm trees, ficus trees, and ferns.

Woven basket planters come in many styles to fit your individual needs, ranging from those made from eco-friendly burlap sacks to plastic-lined containers with plastic liners.

Along with lining your basket planter’s interior with plastic, you must also fill it with potting mix. For optimal results, gently tamp down the soil so it doesn’t pack too tightly before watering your garden as usual. For added drainage benefits, layer some wood mulch or shredded leaves at the bottom for an improved drainage solution.

As part of your woven basket garden design, consider which plants require what kind of lighting. A trailing vine such as golden pothos (Philodendron) thrives with medium to low lighting levels and tends to spread out if left undisturbed; it should also be kept out of reach of children and pets as it’s poisonous if consumed directly.

Since many woven baskets are manufactured in developing nations, you must purchase from ethical suppliers. Look for companies that support local artisans and communities through sustainable practices and offer return policies and terms of service before placing your order online.

Materials

Basket planters offer an eco-friendly and simple solution for growing herbs or simply adding beauty to any room in the home, and come complete with sturdy bases and side walls, ready to be decorated further by adding handles or embellishments – the possibilities for customization are limitless!

Collect vines and branches from your garden or nearby wild areas to make a basket. Long lengths of three-foot vine are recommended as shorter chapters tend to break with drying and don’t provide sufficient structural integrity for baskets. Sticks or dowels will serve as handles, which you will then secure using thinner, flexible vine.

Once you’ve gathered all the necessary materials, create a cross in your hand from five three-foot-long spokes that will form the structure for your basket. Take a thin vine and start weaving it over and under each of the remaining four spokes alternately – from one end of one spoke to another – to weave an outer circumference border of basket weaver’s thread around all five. Keep rocking this pattern until all five spokes are covered with weaving thread.

As you weave, take breaks to bend each spoke up gently to form the sides of your basket. Once you’ve achieved an acceptable diameter for your spokes, resume weaving until four inches away from their ends. When completed, tuck any thin vine ends into holes within your basket before using your fingers to compact the weaving until you feel that everything fits securely within its boundaries.

If you want to protect the basket even further from soil or water leakage (and any subsequent rotting as it dries out), try lining its interior with a heavy-duty trash bag or jute sack lined with hot glue at its base, pressing in the bag securely, and trimming any excess.

Drainage

Assuming your basket planter doesn’t include drainage holes, it is vital to sit on a plastic or bamboo saucer to collect drained-off water before it seeps back into the basket and pools at its bottom. Puddled water can lead to fungal infections and roots drowning, preventing them from receiving the essential oxygen, nitrogen, and nutrients they need for healthy growth.

Basket planters can add character and style to any outdoor space in no time – not to mention be an enjoyable DIY project you can complete within hours!