Setting Up A Nice Color Bowl or Hanging Basket

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There are so many pre sprouted flowers and plants available right now that it is the perfect time for setting up all kinds of containers to beautify our living areas.

I love the color bowls on display in the Lawn and Garden shops but they are so overpriced. I decided to make a few color bowls of my own and for less than $20 (and less than the cost of 1 premade color bowl) I was able to make two of my own in about 10 minutes. If you already have empty pots, extra potting soil, etc. around the garage from previous plantings you can save even more.
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Step 1: Materials

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You can make both a Terra Cotta Bowl and hanging basket using these items:

I large round bowl - $7
1 Coconut Hanging Basket - $5
3 Pre sprouted Six Packs - $2 each
1 small Bag Potting Soil (already had)
Some Drainage Material (already had)
Total cost $18

When selecting plants for your color bowls you want to choose ones that all have similar growing needs with varying colors, shapes, height and directions.

I chose Celosa (the red pointed flower that grows tall and upright), Vincia (white rounded petals that grow medium height and spread outwards) and Petunias (purple and white horn shaped flowers that will grow over the edge and dangle a bit)

All three flowers are annuals, require a basic potting soil (not top soil), require daily watering, good drainage and can use the same plant food and fertilizer.

Coconut bowls are excellent for hanging planters because they are a natural fiber and while they drain well they also retain just enough water in the soil for happy healthy plants.

Terra Cotta Bowls are also excellent as the pot will also drain well and absorbs excess water into its shell.

Step 2:

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Scatter a little drainage material in the bottom of your bowls, since both of these bowls are good draining material you don't need much.

Add potting soil to within 2 inches of the rims leaving space for setting your plants and adding more soil to cover the roots later.

Step 3: Add The First Plants

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Starting with your tallest plant and working from the middle out remove it gently from the container and spread the root ball by grasping in the lower center and working the roots outward so the ball is almost flat.

Place your center flowers without overlapping the root balls any more than you have to. You don't want to overcrowd your color bowls, remember some of these flowers are going to need room to spread out.

Step 4: Adding More Plants

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Repeat this process adding the next sets of flowers, since the Petunias will be dangling I put them a little closer to the edge and the Vincias will be spreading around the inside of the bowl so I placed them a little more between the edge and the Cleosias so they could grow between the other two.

Once all of your plants are in place add more potting soil around the color bowls to cover the exposed root balls well and press down lightly to pack the soil on top.

Step 5: Place Your Color Bowls

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Hang or place your color bowls in their desired locations and water them well being careful to water on the soil and not directly on the flowers themselves.
DaveLH5 years ago
I'm a weekend gardner and would like to thank you, I get a lot of great ideas from you.
Donaldhrtc5 years ago
You do nice work, I really like this one DebH.
HeidiR5 years ago
You go girl
Deewheat6 years ago
Nice job!
hsmomof26 years ago
I like the color combination of flowers you chose for you hanging basket.
DebH57 (author)  hsmomof26 years ago
Thanks Hsmom
im4tooele6 years ago
That's neat, Debra.
DebH57 (author)  im4tooele6 years ago
Thanks Im4
chauntee26 years ago
I love pretty hanging baskets;)
DebH57 (author)  chauntee26 years ago
Thanks Chauntee
JohnMac6 years ago
You have done an excelent job with this Deb, how many different plants can I use per planter?
DebH57 (author)  JohnMac6 years ago
It all depends on the size JohnMac you want a nice full planter but you don't want to overcrowd
aunty6 years ago
Very lovely sweetheart
DebH57 (author)  aunty6 years ago
Thanks Aunty!
Good job DebH, nice pictures clear directions
DebH57 (author)  NuclearWinter6 years ago
Thnak you and thank you for your comment.
Bratillia6 years ago
Very nice, I just did one of these it was so easy!
DebH57 (author)  Bratillia6 years ago
Glad you gave it a shot Bratillia, thanks for commenting.
bethmez6 years ago
very nice - I try to do this myself - had about five this year.
DebH57 (author)  bethmez6 years ago
I really enjoyed doing these Beth. Thanks for commenting.
good instructable deb also instead of the regular potting mix that uses peat moss which is a non renewable resource mix compost with leaf mold has a great moisture holding capacity also its organic :)
DebH57 (author)  treesneedtobehugged6 years ago
So true Trees, thanks for your input!