Bloom Master Hanging Baskets

The Hanging Garden: Planting a Bloom Master

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Why are the items on the left hanging around together?

They are all going to come together and make one heck of a hanging basil basket. We take a few basil plants, a very special hanging basket called the Bloom Master (or, in our case, the Basil Master), and our own Organic Gro Container Mix and what follows is a work of art---a culinary masterpiece.

Below are the steps to planting a successful Bloom Master Planter. 

This project used five Sweet Basil Plants, one 10-inch Bloom Master Planter and two gallons (one bag) of Organic Gro Container Mix. Since this is a very dry mix, we start by pouring the mix on a clean hard surface that we can moisten and mix on. The idea is to make the mix moist but not soggy, and to break up any of the larger peat moss chunks. Usually it is necessary to spray and mix several times.

This 10-inch Bloom Master pot has two rows of openings that are offset from each other both vertically and horizontally. We begin by firming in enough moistened potting soil to reach about one-half inch below the first row of holes. Then by gently squeezing the sides of the pot with one hand we remove the plant with its root zone intact. We chose overly tall Sweet Basil for this demonstration to illustrate how the plant should be guided from the inside of the pot through the hole to the outside. Younger plants would hug the planter better and offer a better look from the beginning. As you guide the leaves through the hole, be sure not to damage the stem. A plant can make more leaves but a damaged stem can mean death to the plant.

Since a Basil in every hole would be too many Basils for the amount of soil, we put two Basils opposite each other in each row. After the first two plants in the bottom row are in place, more moistened potting soil is used to completely cover the root cubes. Be sure to gently firm the potting soil over the root cubes.  This brought the level of soil just under the second upper row of openings. We didn't lose a lot of dirt from the unused holes because the special way the openings are constructed on the inside.

After repeating the step above with two more Basil plants placed in the upper row of openings, we placed one more Basil on top and filled the planter to within an inch of the rim. We watered several times to make sure the soil was moist all the way to the bottom. As you can see the finished product looks like a windmill ready for take off. In a week, the plants had started to turn up toward the sun and cover the green sides of the planter. Since Basil is a rapidly growing annual, in about a month, we will begin a monthly regimen of fertilizing with Jobe's All Purpose Fertilizer. And, since our planter is hanging next to a wall, we will  rotate the planter every few days so that all the plants receive equal sunlight and will fill out our planter nicely.

Hanging Basket Hangers need to be durable!

Any hanging basket worth its salt has to have a hanger that can handle the weight of the planter. The 10-inch Bloom Master comes with a very heavy duty hanger crook and wires that you bend through each hole. The 14-inch Bloom Master comes with a chain.

The uses for a Bloom Master Planter are endless. Try one with our Windowsill Herb Garden Six Pack. Who says it has to go in a Window Box?


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