Great hanging plants

Spanish moss


It is native in North, Central and South America and grows hanging from trees.Spanish moss is actually an air plant and not a moss.Spanish moss shoots, depending on the form can have different thicknesses, are several meters long. Its small flowers are yellowish-green.

Care

Position
Overall Spanish moss prefers bright but not direct light and good air circulation. Choose a location that is exposed to light morning and evening sun on a tree or tall shrub.

During summer or if you’re growing it in tropics, must remember that you never place it in proximity to a hot window or wall otherwise the heat will transfer and might be detrimental for Spanish moss.

Watering
Keep the Spanish moss moist all the time. Otherwise, it will become dormant. Spray it with water regularly but only when it seems dry. Frequent watering when it is already moist can be detrimental.

Humidity
Humidity is an important factor, especially when you’re growing Spanish moss indoors. To avoid it from drying out of the middle or rear drives, spray it from all sides.

Overwintering
In cooler zones, Spanish moss dies in winter as it can’t tolerate temperature below 50 F (10 C) for a long time. However, Spanish moss can tolerate temperature down to 22 F (-5 C). To overwinter it, keep the Spanish moss indoors, hanging near the sunny window in a temperature around 50 – 70 F (10 and 21 C).

Summer
In summer provide it a light shade and increase watering.

USDA Zones— 7 – 11

Propagation

Most often it is propagated naturally when the tiny pieces of its stems and plantlets spread during rainy or windy weather. In your garden, you can propagate it from division by separating side shoots and plantlets.

Tip:Spray it with liquid fertilizer once a week to accelerate growth.

Pansy

These peculiarly shaped plants will add some character to your living space or garden. These are easy to maintain, just remember to water them regularly and apply general fertiliser. Pansies only require moderate amounts of sunlight.

Care

Requires six-to-eight hours of direct sunlight. Move the pot to an area that receives four-to-six hours of morning sun but light afternoon shade when daytime temperatures are above 70 degrees to prolong flowering.

Water the pansies when the top inch of soil begins to feel dry. Empty any excess water from the drip tray beneath the pot if you are using one. Pansies may require twice daily watering during warmer weather.

Water pansies every two weeks with a soluble 5-10-5 or similar blend of fertilizer. Dilute the fertilizer in water at the package-recommended rate.

Pinch off the dead flowers as they wilt to prevent them from forming seeds and to encourage further budding.

Note:Water pansies early in the day so the foliage dries before evening. Dry foliage is less prone to fungal problems.

Recommended varieties

‘Jolly Joker’, which blooms in spring and summer and has orange flowers with deep purple upper petals and a purple outline.

Princess Series, which offer a variety of colors such as blue, purple, and yellow.

Fama Series, which flowers in winter and spring and offers a wide variety of single- and mixed-colored flowers.

Lantana

Lantanas are lovely to have as they blossom for a very long time. Extremely easy to maintain, lantanas thrive in almost all conditions. The best conditions are full sun and well-drained slightly acidic soil.

Care

Mulching with pine needles is an easy way to increase acidity levels in the soil.
A good soaking about once a week should keep them relatively happy.
They can be given a light dose of fertilizer each spring, but too much may inhibit their overall flowering.
To encourage reblooming, cut the tips (deadhead) periodically.

Common Problems

While lantanas are not affected by too many problems, you may encounter them on occasion. Powdery mildew can become a problem if the plant is not given enough light. In addition, the plant may develop root rot if it is kept too wet. Sooty mold is a condition that causes black discoloration on the leaves and is most often attributed to insect pests, such as whiteflies. Other common pests that affect lantana plants include lace bugs which cause the foliage to turn gray or brown and then drop off.

Petunia

These colourful blossoms bring joy wherever they are. These sun-loving plants are perfect to bring a pop of bold colour to any area.
the two types of petunias:
Grandiflora petunias have very large flowers and are best grown in containers or hanging baskets (because they are more susceptible to rain damage).
Multiflora petunias have smaller, but more abundant flowers and are ideal for summer bedding or in a mixed border (because they are more tolerant to wet weather).

Care

Petunias are tolerant of heat so you don’t have to water them regularly. A thorough watering once a week should be sufficient (unless there are prolonged periods of drought in your area). The spreading types and those in containers require more frequent watering though.
Fertilize your plants monthly to ensure good growth. Double-flowered cultivars like a biweekly dose of fertilizer.
Remove faded/dead flowers to prolong blooming.

Recommended varieties

Carpet Series, which is ideal for a ground cover and offers a wide variety of colors

‘Sugar Daddy’ (Petunia Daddy Series), which sports purple flowers with dark veins.

‘Rose Star’ (Petunia Ultra Series), whose flowers look striped because of its rose-pink flowers with a white center.

My personal favourite hehe

Geranium

These low-maintenance plants are perfect for any hanging basket. Found in an array of different colours, they can fit any kind of space with grace. All they need is moderate amounts of sunlight, deep watering and well-drained soil.

Ivy-Leaf Geraniums (Pelargonium peltatum) are very popular for hanging baskets, window-boxes, and containers

Care

Potting mixture should be equal amounts of peat moss, perlite (and/or vermiculite), and sand.
For maximum bloom, place the plants in an area where they will get 4-6 hours of sunlight daily.
Allow to dry between waterings, then water thoroughly.
During the winter, water much less, but do not let the roots dry out.
To encourage blooming, deadhead spent flowers.
To promote bushiness and avoid legginess, pinch the stems.
During active growing months, fertilize every 2 weeks. Use a water-soluble fertilizer at half strength. Don’t fertilize in winter.
Geraniums can be re-potted as needed during the spring to be refreshed.

PESTS/DISEASES

Common problems can be low light or too much or too little water. The leaves will turn yellow as an indication you are watering too little or too much. In this case, try to even the watering out and move the geraniums to a brighter place.

Propagation

Most geraniums root easily from stem cuttings in soil, coarse sand, water, perlite, or other rooting material—but nothing with fertilizer.

Using a sharp, clean knife, make a slanted cut 4 inches below a stem tip, above a node where leaves emerge. Trim cutting to just below a node. Remove any buds, all but two or three leaves, and the leaflike stipules at the base of leaf stalks.
Roll the stem cutting in newspaper or put it in the shade for 24 hours, so that the end will seal and not rot.
Push the stem into a pot of moistened rooting medium and store it in a warm, shady place for 2 days. After that, give the cutting indirect sun. Moisten the medium only as needed.

Succulents

 

Jade plant

The Jade plant is an exceptionally robust hanging basket plant and is easy to grow and maintain. They are considered good luck symbols, making them a great addition to your home office. It is not only an excellent hanging plant, but also is one of the best low light houseplants. With proper watering and maintenance, jade plants can last for at least 20 years.

Care

A cactus mix with some organic matter will do. You can also make a mix of one part sterilized organic soil, one part sphagnum peat moss, and three parts coarse sand by volume
Jade plants are known to have very thick stems and may eventually become top-heavy, so plan ahead by planting in a wide and sturdy pot.
Jade plants do need 4 or more hours of sunlight each day
Jade plants grow best at room temperature (65 to 75°F), but prefer slightly cooler temperatures at night and in the winter (55°F).
Keep soil moist but not wet during active growth in the spring and summer. Allow soil to dry between waterings in the winter. Avoid splashing water on the leaves while watering.
If shedding or brown spots occur on the leaves, it is an indication that the plant needs more water.
Jade plants may be fertilized three to four times a year with a standard liquid houseplant fertilizer.
During the winter months, move the plants away from cold windowpanes and out of drafts.
Repotting is optional as they dont mind being root bound

Common problems

Mealybugs may hide under stems and leaves. To remove the bugs, use a spray bottle of water or wipe the insects off gently with a bit of rubbing alcohol on a paper towel or cotton swab.
Powdery mildew is a common problem.
Root rot is due to excessive moisture in the soil.
Leaf drop is a sign of a thirsty plant in need of more frequent watering.

Blooming

Grow the jade plant in a small pot and hold back the water. This may persuade it to flower. Cooler temperatures in the winter promote blooming, too.

Common varieties

Hummel’s Sunset

‘ET’s Fingers’ has tubular leaves with red tips. An oddity!

String of Pearls (Curio rowleyanus)

This easy-care, succulent plant resembles a beaded necklace with its fleshy green, pea-like foliage and looks great in hanging baskets.

Care

Prune regularly to encourage an attractive multi- stemmed look. You can use these ‘cuttings’ to grow new plants!
Re-pot annually in spring to give it more space to grow.
Position – Indoors in a well lit spot, out of direct sunlight
Water – During the growing season, water the plant and allow the potting mix to dry between waterings. Water sparingly during winter and the cooler months, just enough to moisten the potting mix.
Soil – Well drained potting mix – one part sterilized organic soil, one part sphagnum peat moss, and three parts coarse sand or formulated for succulents
Place in a spot that is out of reach of drafts and air conditioning. The cold air can cause the leaves to drop

Propagation

After several years, when the plant shows signs of dying down, propagate another plant via stem cuttings. This can be done by laying a length of stem on the soil.
Note:Due to its mildly toxic nature, position this plant away from curious children and pets.

 

Burro’s Tail (Sedum burrito)

It seems similar to S. morganianum, which is native to Mexico and forms long cascading stems of glaucous, blue-green leaves, there has been conjecture that perhaps ‘burrito’ is a natural S. morganianum hybrid. Gorgeous succulent which forms tails and trails down the pot as it grows. Excellent for hanging basket culture, or in brightly lit atriums or patios with filtered light.

Care

Bright sunlight preferred
Well drained potting mix-preferably soil less(one part sterilized organic soil, one part sphagnum peat moss, and three parts coarse sand)
Provide moisture and fertilize with cactus food during the growing season. Divide the plant when it gets too large for a container and transplant it every couple of years to provide it with fresh nutrient-rich soil.

Propagation

Burro’s tail features long stems laden with small, rounded leaves. The leaves fall off at the slightest touch and will litter the ground after transplanting or repotting. Gather the leaves and insert them partway into a moist soilless medium. Burro’s tail plants can tolerate periods of drought, but the new potential plants need to be kept lightly moist until they root and establish.

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