Asked on Aug 28, 2020

How to winter hanging basket ?

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I have a very large hanging basket of verbena and petunias bought at Lowe’s. No saucer. Outdoors I just let it drain in plastic saucer but when I bring in, I need a saucer I can attach. I bought largest hanging basket saucer w/ holders. Too small. Any idea what I may buy, to attach to my basket to get it through winter? Thanks in advance. Diane


10 answers
  • K. Rupp
    K. Rupp
    on Aug 28, 2020

    Are you wanting to still hang it inside for the winter? Can you just take the hangers that are attached off and use the potted plant in a dish on the floor or in a stand? That is what I usually do. I buy a thick plastic saucer to put under it and take off the hangers. Hoping I am understanding your question correctly.

    • K. Rupp
      K. Rupp
      on Aug 29, 2020

      Sure anytime! Yeah, it would be a little work to do all that especially if you have trouble with your fingers...the table would be the easiest. Good luck!

  • Kmdreamer
    Kmdreamer
    on Aug 28, 2020

    Use the bottom of a take out container the round black part plastic thete great for plants

  • Kathy Gunter Law
    Kathy Gunter Law
    on Aug 28, 2020

    Would chargers work? If so, you can pick some up at Dollar Tree.

    • Kathy Gunter Law
      Kathy Gunter Law
      on Aug 30, 2020

      You could attach wire or string with an adhesive that is good for exterior use. Loctite power grab is good but has a long setting time. It’s my go to, not sure what others would be good. Perhaps that would be a good forum question: best exterior adhesive

  • Recreated Designs
    Recreated Designs
    on Aug 28, 2020

    Hi Diane, can you use a pie plate? You can get either a disposable one that would be very light or you can get a vintage tin one and either leave as it or paint it. It may be larger enough to help.

    • Recreated Designs
      Recreated Designs
      on Sep 1, 2020

      Oh darn and a pie plate is too small I take it? Can you drill a few holds in the bottom of the basket and use c hooks to hold whatever you can find to use as a saucer to the basket? I suppose the water may leak out those holes then. This really is a dilemma :) I know this might be a pain, but can you just take it down, set it in the bathtub and water it? Leave it there until the water is done running through and then rehang it?

  • Nan W.
    Nan W.
    on Aug 28, 2020

    You could maybe use a $1 ceramic plate from the Dollar Store.


    For wintering -- It depends on what growing zone you are in: https://garden.org/nga/zipzone/

    • Diane Johnson McCarter
      Diane Johnson McCarter
      on Aug 28, 2020

      My basket desperately needs to hang, I’m out of floor space, lol. And that’s got me puzzled. I did buy the largest saucers made with the “wings” that hold it on to a hanging basket but it’s way too small this basket is huge. 😊

  • FrugalFamilyTimes.com
    FrugalFamilyTimes.com
    on Aug 28, 2020

    There will be so many end of season sales on summer planters now - maybe you can repot it in something with a tray attached. :)

    • Diane Johnson McCarter
      Diane Johnson McCarter
      on Aug 28, 2020

      This basket has a tray attached but it’s too thin it’s too shallow it’s not even half an inch In depth...and the circumference of the hanging basket it’s at least 25-30 inches. Like I said I bought the largest made attachable saucer and it’s way too small. The basket needs to hang as I’m out if room...but if i can’t figure this out, I’ll have to buy a table ...😊

  • Annie
    Annie
    on Aug 28, 2020

    Measure how large you need the saucer, then check at garden center or buy one on Amazon?

  • R j mattan
    R j mattan
    on Aug 29, 2020

    I put a clear Pyrex pie plant under mine! Can buy cheap at thrift store or garage sale!

  • Pat
    Pat
    on Aug 29, 2020

    You want to hang your planter and you need something on the bottom to catch the drips, right? Could you attach a plastic plate or bowl to the bottom of the planter with wire going from the top rim of the planter down around the bottom of the plate/bowl and up to the top of the rim , repeating this on the other side so you have two wires going down and up. I don't know if you can picture what I am saying.... I think you could use stout string or twine instead of wire. Might even be able to use wire like your hanging planter has and it will look uniform. Just continue your wire going into the top of the planter, down around the drip pan and up the other side. I believe most hanging pots have three wires from pot to ceiling. Hope I haven't confused you too much. I too love plants and bring mine in every fall, though don't have any hanging plants.

  • If you can't attach anything to the bottom of the pot itself, perhaps you could just use a large dish to catch the water underneath as you water and then put something really large like a plastic sled on the floor to catch anything that still drips. I know it isn't ideal, but without a larger pot, I don't see a great solution.

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