Thursday, July 11, 2013

Hanging Flowers Disney Style

I love the landscaping and beautiful flowers throughout Walt Disney World.  I always leave feeling I can do this at home... then I get home!  I realize I don't have a green thumb, I don't have time to weed, fertilize and tend to the plants.  A lot of times I even fail to water them.  I would not be a good employee at Disney if I were responsible for all the plants and flowers!

But, I still wish deep down that I could have planters and hanging baskets like the ones at Disney.  So, I did a bit of research on the web and actually found a great tutorial from Southern Living on how to create Disney Hanging Baskets!  Melissa Shepherd is a gardening specialist at WDW and shows how to make these lovely baskets. 
the only picture I could find with baskets!
Here is a summary of what Melissa shares with Southern Living:

Start with a wire frame basket.  Press moist sphagnum moss onto the bottom and sides of the basket.  Use monofilament line on the frame of the basket to keep the moss in place.  Fill the basket with potting soil and fertilizer.  

If you want, you can use small spider plants on the sides to help cover up the moss.  Begonias, sweet potato vine, purple heart, and chenille plants are great for color and filler between your anchor plants.

A few tips:
  • Make sure you buy plants for the growing condition of where they will be placed.  Buy all shade or all "full sun"  plants according to your location.  
  • Plant the plants so the weight doesn't all go to one side when the plants start to grow.
  • Once a week, feed with a water soluble 10-10-10, 13-13-13 or 20-20-20 product to keep blooms coming.
  • Consider using a some white flowers to draw the eye and help make the colors pop.

1 comment:

  1. I am just like you! Though everytime I experience Living with the Land, I get the idea that I could create a garden with some of their techniques .... well, that has never actually happened. Maybe one day! ;-)