Sphagnum Moss for Hanging Basket Liners
Over the years, moss has been considered to be the only solution for creating great hanging baskets.
Sphagnum moss is living carpet of moss found in wet places like peat bogs and marshes. It has a great ability to retain moisture within it large cells.
Water retention is a great quality for a hanging basket liner, along with the ability for the liner to drain well. So, no matter what hanging basket lining material you choose for your hanging baskets, make sure you consider these 2 important elements.
One of the downsides for using Sphagnum moss as a hanging basket liner, is that it is quite a challenge to successfully fit and can be somewhat tedious to work with.
Another negative about using this material for a basket liner is that we are often finding a lot of the moss on the market in the UK is imported from the other side of the world. In fact, 94% of the UK’s Peat bogs have been destroyed or damaged, which believe it or not is increasing the size of our carbon foot print and we still consume vast amounts of it every year.
As this material comes from far off parts of the world, it may explain a lot of the negative feedback that people give on online marketplaces like amazon. Many complain of the colour, the small and the length of the strands being too short, making it useless for hanging baskets.
So, beware of this, even coming from the most reputable companies, you may find the quality of the product less than acceptable.
Further issues arise with moss, the further in to the season you get. You will probably find that the moss is even more attractive to your local wildlife than it is to you! Expect to see birds take it away piece by piece to line their little nests.
The Amateur’s Answer (Alternative) Hanging Basket Liner
With great water retention and drainage, the Amateur’s Answer Hanging Basket Lining System has been growing in popularity throughout the gardening community since 1996 when the idea was first thought of.
It is often described to us as an ideal solution by our customers, giving not only a great look to the basket, but excellent durability and material strength.
It’s considered to be one of the easiest liners to fit and each liner is versatile enough to fit baskets of varying sizes and shapes up to 16” diameters.
The Amateur’s Answer hanging basket liner is also one of the more versatile liners you can buy, as it’s thin but strong material is easy to cut, making it perfect for side filling baskets such as busy Lizzie balls.
Side filling is often thought of as too difficult for many of us gardeners, but with the Amateur’s Answer it is so easy that anyone could do it.
There are online guides that show you how to Line your Hanging Basket and each pack comes with a full colour step by step picture guide, making it easy to follow.
This hanging basket liner will not be taken away by the birds and can be reused in future seasons.
The Price is also a bonus. With a pack of 3 liners that fit hanging baskets up to 16” diameter on sale for £5.49, this works out at £1.83 per basket including post and packaging.
So altogether, the Amateur’s Answer hanging basket liner is a brilliant Alternative when changing from the use of Sphagnum Moss for your baskets.
Other Helpful Links
How to Plant a Large Hanging Basket – This is a short guide to help people create hanging baskets of odd shapes and of sizes greater than 16” diameter.
Side Planting a Hanging Basket with Large Cell Plants – This is a great tip for anyone who has trouble with side-planting plants with large cells. This is particularly useful for more developed plants or winter baskets.
When to Plant a Hanging Basket – This may be a good guide for anyone wanting to know when to start their hanging baskets.
What are the Best Plants for Hanging Baskets? – The essential guide to your choice of plants.
How to Care for a Hanging Basket – Here are details to help you look after your basket and keep it fed and health for the whole season.
Planting a Window Box– This is a great guide for other kinds of containers and will help guide you with creating window boxes and trough planters.
We are pretty much all about hanging baskets and we fully believe in our products, so much so we have always offered a ‘No Quibble’ returns policy.
We want each customer to be totally happy with their liner and if you do not feel as if this is the liner for you then please send it back and we will give you a full refund.