Begonia, petunia and calibrachoa hanging basket

Begonia, petunia and calibrachoa hanging basket

We show you how to plant up a colourful hanging basket with bedding plants.

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At its best
At its best

Plant is not at its best in January

Plant is not at its best in February

Plant is not at its best in March

Plant is not at its best in April

Plant is not at its best in May

Plant is at its best in June

Plant is at its best in July

Plant is at its best in August

Plant is at its best in September

Plant is at its best in October

Plant is not at its best in November

Plant is not at its best in December

To do
To do

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Do not To do in February

Do not To do in March

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Do not To do in November

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This fiery hanging basket display combines trailing begonia with petunia, verbena and calibrachoa plants.

Perfect for a sunny spot, it provides a long season of colour throughout summer. To keep it looking good, be prepared to give it a thorough soaking everyday, especially in hot weather, which will dry out the soil quickly.

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Follow these easy steps to plant up this hotly coloured hanging basket.

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You Will Need

  • Trailing begonia e.g. 'Million Kisses Romance'
  • Petunia 'Surfinia Blue'
  • Verbena 'Ipanema Blue'
  • Calibrachoa 'Callie Peach'
  • Hanging basket with coir liner
  • Peat-free multi-purpose compost
  • Slow-release fertiliser pellets

Step 1

Place the basket in an empty flower pot to make planting easier.

Placing the basket in a plant pot
Placing the basket in a plant pot

Step 2

Add the coir liner and fill two-thirds with compost.

Adding coir to the basket
Adding coir to the basket

Step 3

Position the plants in the basket, ensuring the begonia is well placed to grow over the sides. Add more compost and firm plants in well.

Planting up the basket
Planting up the basket

Step 4

Add slow-release fertiliser pellets to boost the floweing potential of the plants.

Adding slow-release fertiliser to the compost
Adding slow-release fertiliser to the compost

Step 5

Water the basket thoroughly and allow to drain before hanging it in its final position.

Watering the hanging basket
Watering the hanging basket
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Kevin Smith says…

Be bold with colour combinations, not being afraid to mix contrasting shades. Orange and purple is a classic mix, although you could also try yellow and purple for a similar effect. Hanging baskets are relatively short lived, so take the opportunity to be creative.

Kevin Smith