Have you tried Amberol’s self-watering hanging baskets?

Have you tried Amberol’s self-watering hanging baskets?

Hanging baskets are one of the staples of great floral displays in public spaces as well as along frontages and in gardens. They add differing levels of height and depth to floral displays and look great sited along the length of a street or in a town square. However, traditional hanging baskets can be high maintenance, requiring frequent watering, particularly during the drier months, which is why Amberol’s range of self-watering hanging baskets is so popular amongst councils, landscape gardeners and Britain in Bloom groups.

Watering once or twice a week

All Amberol’s self-watering hanging baskets have a water reservoir and use our trademarked Aquafeed matting, which enables the even dispersal of water to plants and foliage as required. This means that they rarely need topping up with water more than once a week, saving time and money whilst ensuring hanging basket displays look fresh and full, even in the warmest weather. Also, unlike traditional hanging baskets, because they have a water reservoir, they don’t leak onto the surface below - or on to unfortunate passers-by!

Which hanging basket is right for you? 

The Amberol range includes four main styles of self-watering hanging baskets so you can choose the right style, size and colour for your needs:

Wicker effect hanging basket: a very popular choice as the exterior looks just like wicker but offers all the durability that comes with using recyclable polyethylene. This hanging basket looks very attractive in a variety of different settings from street scenes to business parks to private gardens.  

Conventional hanging basket: like all Amberol self-watering planters, this is made from recyclable polyethene and come as standard in black, although they can also be supplied in any of the Amberol range of 18 colours from Turquoise to Burnt Orange. The conventional hanging basket has a compost capacity of 15 litres and a water capacity of 6 litres.

Cup and saucer hanging basket: a very popular choice, the cup and saucer hanging basket comes with an integral ‘saucer’ as an additional style feature. Available in two sizes, it has the largest capacity of all Amberol baskets, holding up to 24 litres of compost and 13 litres of water. 

Imperial hanging basket: this hanging basket has an external surface pattern to give it more of a heritage feel, perfectly complementing other planters in the heritage range such as our stone effect trough and barrel planters. 

Tips for the safe installation of self-watering hanging baskets

Fortunately, Amberol self-watering hanging baskets are easy to install and plant up. All baskets come with a quick release chain system for easy attachment to wall brackets which can also be supplied by Amberol if required. 

  1. When planting, release and detach one section of the chain and lay to one side to enable easy access to the basket area
  2. Fill the basket with moist compost. For optimum plant growth, you can also add a slow release fertiliser before planting up. There is a wide variety of plants suitable for hanging baskets; some of our favourites include fuchsias, geraniums, petunias and trailing lobelia to create a colourful cascade effect. 
  3. Re-secure the hanging chain, checking that all karabiner clips are closed and secure. You can then hang the basket from its wall bracket. To prevent tampering, the basket can also be secured with a padlock or D shackle which don’t come as standard, but which but can be supplied by Amberol if required.
  4. Next, fill water reservoir with water and nutrients as required. Top up the planter’s water reservoir once a week. During excessively hot weather it’s advisable to increase this to twice weekly. 
  5. Enjoy your beautiful hanging basket displays!

For more information about Amberol’s self-watering planters, litter bins, outdoor seating or planterware, or to book an on-site demonstration, call 01773 830 930 or email sales@amberol.co.uk.

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