How to make a tropical basket

Follow these guidelines to construct a hanging basket

How to make a tropical basket

Lined with baby's tears, a half basket features a bird's nest fern flanked by two mother ferns and pink polka-dot plants.

Thomas J. Story

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TIME: 30 minutes

COST: About $60



• One piece of cardboard or coco-fiber liner

• One 16-inch-wide wire half basket

• One mudflat (at least 16 by 16 inches) of baby's tears (shown) or other ground cover

• 1 cubic foot potting soil

• 1/4 cup organic fertilizer

• One 6-inch bird's nest fern (Asplenium nidus)

• Two 4-inch mother ferns (Asplenium bulbiferum)

• One sixpack pink polka-dot plant (Hypoestes phyllostachya)

• One sixpack violas


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