Coconut liners for planters

Information About Coconut Liners For Planters And Baskets

Brown coconut coir is a natural fiber made from the husk of ripe coconuts. This fiber is commonly used in a variety of products, like floor mats and brushes. One of the most popular products, however, are coconut fiber liners, which are commonly found and used in hanging baskets and planters.

Benefits of Coconut Basket Liners

There are several reasons for using coconut fiber liners. They can hold a great deal of water, releasing it slowly to allow plant roots to better take it up. These water-saving coconut liners also provide good drainage. They’re porous too, allowing for good aeration. These liners are very absorbent, so if hanging baskets or planters should become too dry, they will quickly re-absorb water.

In addition, the organic material of coconut coir contains a neutral pH (6.0-6.7) and small amounts of beneficial phosphorus and potassium. Many coconut basket liners contain antifungal properties as well, which can help discourage disease.

Using Coconut Liners for Planters

There are many types of coconut planter liners to choose from. They come in various shapes and sizes to meet just about anyone’s needs. These water-saving coconut liners are perfect for use indoors and out and are normally placed within planting troughs, window boxes, hanging baskets, and other types of planters/containers.

You can choose a liner shaped to fit your planter or hanging basket or use the preformed coconut coir that can be placed over top of the container and then pressed down inside, conforming to the shape of the container.

Once placed inside the planter, you can moisten the liner and add potting soil or another planting medium. You may also want to consider adding in some water-absorbing crystals or perlite to the potting mix as well to retain additional moisture. In times of excessive heat and windy conditions, especially with hanging baskets, this additional moisture is necessary to keep plants from drying out.

Although coconut fiber liners hold and absorb water well, they are still porous and apt to dry out more quickly. Therefore, you should always check plants frequently to stay on top of their watering needs.

How to plant hanging baskets

Hanging baskets add instant kerb appeal.

Make hanging baskets the dazzling centerpiece of your garden display this year. With a little forward planning, you can adorn walls, fences and gates with beautiful trailing foliage, stunning blooms, and even some tasty fruit, veg and herbs. Here’s our guide to help you get the best from your baskets this season.

When to plant hanging baskets

Keep your hanging baskets in the greenhouse until all threat of frost has passed.

Get your hanging baskets planted up in April before bringing them on in your greenhouse until May or early June. Not only does the extra warmth give the plants a boost, it also protects them from any unexpected late frosts.
If you don’t have access to a greenhouse, just leave your planting a little later – until May or even early June, when all risk of frost has passed. Or, if winter baskets are your thing, do your planting early in the autumn – in September or October.

What to plant in hanging baskets

A mixture of flowers including some trailing varieties have a huge impact.

Choose a colour theme, go heavy on scent, favour foliage, or simply select a range of hanging basket plants that offer a vibrant multi-hued splash. With so many options for hanging baskets, it can be hard to know where to start when choosing what to plant.
Annuals that look good in hanging baskets include:

  • • Pansies – try Pansy ‘Plentifall’ Mix bred for a full trailing habit
  • • Lobelia – try Trixi ‘Riverside’ which gives you three plants in one
  • • Sweet peas – try ‘Little Dancer’ for long-lasting colour
  • • Verbena – try Samira Deep Red Star for vibrant blooms

Perennials that look good in hanging baskets include:

  • • Heuchera – try ‘Redstone Falls’ for trailing stems cloaked with evergreen foliage
  • • Gaillardia – try ‘Fanfare’ which copes well with dry soil
  • • Lavender – try our fragrant lavender collection
  • • Clematis – try ‘Armandii’ for pristine white blooms and delicate fragrance

Don’t forget to include some delicious strawberries in your baskets – it’s a great way to protect your crop from slugs.

How to plant a hanging basket

Pre-cut coco liners are quick and easy.

For hanging baskets the general rule is to use one plant per inch of basket diameter – so 12 plants per 12 inch basket. You’ll only need 5 plants per 12 inch hanging basket for bigger plants like Geraniums (Pelargoniums), Surfinia Petunias, culinary herbs and Fuchsias.
Here’s what you need to do:

  1. 1. Place your empty basket on a bucket to hold it steady while you plant.
  2. 2. Line wire hanging baskets with a pre-cut liner or use sheet plastic disguised by a layer of straw or hessian. Trim off any material which overlaps the rim of the basket.
  3. 3. Cut a series of 5cm (2 inch) slits around the sides of the basket to allow for trailing plants. To take the hassle out of lining your basket, use a plastic hanging basket or our polypropylene basket with pre-cut holes.
  4. 4. Add water retaining granules and controlled-release fertiliser to a multi-purpose compost. This helps stop your containers drying out too quickly and feeds your plants through the growing season.
  5. 5. Fill your basket until the compost is level with the layer of the slits around the side. Firm the compost down gently to get rid of any air pockets.
  6. 6. Push your trailing plants through the slits ‘head-first’ from the inside. To protect the delicate young growth, wrap your plants in polythene before guiding them through the holes. Position the plant so that the root ball is sitting on the compost surface with the leaves on the outside of the basket.
  7. 7. When you’ve filled every slit, gently tease out the roots of the plants. Fill around the roots with further compost, filling up the basket to within 5cm (2 inches) of the rim.
  8. 8. Plant more trailing plants around the rim of the basket – you’ll get a more balanced overall shape if you position these to grow in between the plants below. Use bushy upright plants to fill in the centre of your basket.
  9. 9. Firm in around your plants with compost, aiming to reserve a 2.5cm (1 inch) gap below the rim of the basket so the compost doesn’t get washed away when you’re watering.
  10. 10. Water your basket well with a fine-rose watering can and either put it in the greenhouse, or hang it in its final position.

How to look after hanging baskets

Planting outside

Not all baskets require full sun – these ferns prefer a shadier spot.

You can bring your hanging baskets outside as soon as the risk of frost has passed. If you’ve been growing baskets indoors then the plants will need to be hardened off for a week before placing in their final positions outside.
Provided your plants aren’t shade-loving, place them in a sunny position, avoiding windy and exposed sites if possible.


Baskets should be watered regularly, especially while under cover or in the greenhouse.

Because hanging baskets can dry out quickly in warm weather, do make sure you check the compost regularly and water it thoroughly. If the top half inch of compost feels dry then your container needs watering. If you can’t reach into your hanging basket to feel the compost, try lifting it from beneath – if‘s is lightweight and easy to lift then it definitely needs watering!


Add a controlled release fertiliser when planting.

If you opted to use a controlled release fertiliser when planting, you shouldn’t need to add extra fertiliser during the growing season. If you need to fertilise, use a balanced liquid feed every few weeks to sustain healthy growth and flowering. Only feed container displays between April and October.


Regular deadheading will help produce a more spectacular display.

To get the best from your hanging baskets, do spend some time deadheading. Removing faded flowers stops the plant producing seed and wasting energy it could otherwise use on producing more beautiful flowers.
With a little care your hanging baskets should give you a colourful display from early summer right through until the first frosts of autumn. Enjoy!

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Coco Fiber Rolls & Coco Fiber Growing Medium

Keep coco fiber rolls on hand as an easy enhancement to container gardening. Gardeners who love hanging baskets, hayrack troughs and window box cages will love what a coco liner roll can do for their landscape. Depending on the scale of the project, Hooks and Lattice offers rolls measuring as little as 4-feet long, and as large as 33-feet long. Use the material to line newly purchased iron window box cages or buy it to keep on hand as replacement liner. Creating a coco fiber growing medium is conducive to healthy plant growth and a good looking container arrangement. Each coco liner roll is made up of natural material that comes from the fiber between a coconut husk and its center, also known as coir. This is put into mat form and held together using an ecological tree sap adhesive, making for an effortless combination of organic beauty and robustness. Coco fiber rolls give gardeners a great alternative to moss liner options that can be messy and difficult to maintain. A coco fiber growing medium also has greater longevity when compared with peat moss liners in a similarly sized container. Purchasing coco coir in rolls is a convenient way to keep the material on hand as it is easy to store. Just pull the roll out when needed and use a utility knife to cut out the desired size and shape. Choose a coco liner roll measuring 4-feet, 8-feet, 16-feet or 33-feet long. Plants and flowers love to grow in coconut coir, in part to its fibrous nature. This gives the material a breathability that is conducive to healthy airflow and plant roots. Favorite window box and hanging basket arrangements will thrive, including daisies, geraniums, ivy and marigolds. A coco fiber growing medium also allows for planting into the sides of the mat so an arrangement looks to surround the entire outside of a planter. For more information on coco fiber rolls or the use of a coco fiber growing medium in outdoor container gardening, please call toll free at 1-800-896-0978, 7am-5pm PST, Monday-Friday.

Clear Basket Liners – Hanging Basket Drip Liners

A Full Range of Accessories

Along with our basket liners, we also offer our heavy gauge carpet saver saucers to protect carpeting, hardwood flooring, and tiles from water damage caused by hanging baskets and potted plants. Our plastic plant saucers feature numerous bubble shaped feet that support the planter and reduce the risk of overwatering. At the same time, they protect surfaces against contact with dirt or moisture; this innovative design also allows air movement underneath planters to prevent discoloration of decks, shelves, and tables. Curtis Wagner Plastics also manufactures cake boards, plastic paint trays, pet place mats, and clear floral boxes and offers these items at wholesale prices to our corporate partners.

The professional staff at Curtis Wagner Plastics can provide added information on our full line of products. Contact us to learn how we can help your company expand its inventory options and provide top-quality plastic goods for the consumer marketplace.

Success with Moss and Coco-Fiber Baskets

Learn how to plant and create moss or coco-fiber hanging baskets, a how-to guide.

Our house has a wrap-around porch and every year I plant and hang seven baskets around it. Four years ago, shortly after we bought our house, I was on a mission to find hanging baskets for the porch. I didn’t want to buy finished baskets, I wanted to plant my own. I also didn’t want Plain Jane plastic baskets. I wanted something that was decorative. It took me a while, but I finally found coco-fiber baskets that I really liked. They look nice, are 14 inches in diameter and are also fairly deep. I wanted larger baskets because they will dry-out less quickly. Learn more about choosing and caring for hanging baskets here.

The first year, I simply added soil to the baskets, planted them up and away I went. Before long, I began to hate watering my hanging baskets for two reasons. First, they dried out really fast so I was watering a lot, sometimes more than once a day. Coco-fiber and moss baskets dry out more quickly because they evaporate water through the sides of the basket. Plastic pots do not evaporate water through the sides of the pot. Wind is able to pass through the porous sides of moss and coco-fiber baskets, which also increases water evaporation from the soil.

The second reason I hated watering was that water would come pouring out of the sides of the basket. I was trying to completely soak the entire root ball of the basket, but that was difficult when water was always escaping through the sides of the pot. I felt like I had to pour on a ton of water to adequately water each basket and most of that water was falling on the porch. I vowed to find a better way to do things the next year. My solution is lining the pot with plastic.

I started out searching for a plastic liner I could simply insert inside the basket. I wasn’t able to find liners, finding one to fit my baskets was impossible and I’m not certain they existed back then. You can now buy coco-fiber pots that have plastic or fiberglass liners (Hooks and Lattice is one company with liners – there are others) and even pots with water reservoirs to cut down on watering. However, you can get the effect of a liner while recycling plastic bags.

How To Guide

Step 1: Choose your hanging basket and buy your potting soil. Make sure you are buying a nice light potting soil, look for something made up largely of peat and perlite. These mixes are light and fluffy and contain enough air space for good root growth. Most potting soil will come in bags and will be pre-moistened. If you buy a bagged soil you can skip to Step 3. I use a lot of potting soil each year and if you can find it, bales of potting mix can be a better deal than the bagged version.

Step 2: If you are using a baled version of potting mix, you will need to moisten the soil before you use it. The easiest way I have found to moisten baled potting soil is with a wheelbarrow. Open the bale of soil and scoop or pour some of the potting mix into the wheelbarrow. It is compressed and dry – you may be breaking off chunks from the bale. Using a shovel with a rounded edge, break up the chunks of dry soil by smacking them with the back of the shovel. Then take a water hose with a nozzle that has a “shower” setting or use a watering can to moisten the soil. Using the shovel, turn the soil over – mixing it together to distribute the water. Alternate adding more water and mixing the soil until you get nice moist soil. It should be damp, but if you grab a handful you should not be able to squeeze out much water.

Step 3: Once you have the soil moist, it is time to line your baskets with plastic. I have been using plastic bags to line my baskets for several years. I first tried a grocery bag, but it was a bit small and didn’t quite fit my baskets. I have been successful using black garbage bags and Target bags for liners. I plan on continuing to use Target bags in the future. To use them, I first cut off the handles. Then I find the center of the bottom of the bag and cut out a large circle (at least 6 inches across) – it doesn’ t need to be perfect. Then place the bag inside the basket, make sure to spread out the bottom of the bag so that the circle (drainage hole) is open. The bag is going to have a tendency to want to blow around. Once you get a scoop or two of soil in the basket, it will anchor the bag. As you add the soil be sure the hole stays open – this is for drainage. If the bag isn’t quite large enough, you can cut a slit in the bag so it lies flat along the coco-fiber liner.

Step 4: Once the bag is anchored finish filling the basket with soil. Then trim off the excess plastic. I like to leave at least half an inch sticking up above the soil. This extra material works as an edge to help keep the water in the basket. The basket second from the left, in the photo below, is trimmed and ready to go.

Step 5: Mix some controlled release fertilizer into the top layer of soil, according to package directions. This will ensure your plants have food for growth.

Step 6: Place the plants in the top of the basket. There is no need to plant in the sides of a basket, not even with a large basket. Choose strongly trailing plants and they will quickly grow to cover the basket. For a 10 or 12-inch basket, I would use three 4-inch plants. For my 14-inch baskets, I still use 3 plants, although 4 would be fine too. When planting, you want to space the plants evenly – leaving some room between the plant and the edge of the basket. I used very small plants for these rather than 4-inch plants. I prefer to use 4-inch, they fill out much quicker. I also usually give my plants a light trim right after I plant them. This encourages additional branching and helps the basket look really full. It isn’t necessary, but it will probably give you a better final product.

Step 7: Using a watering can or the “shower” setting on your hose nozzle, lightly water the plants to settle them into the soil. They are now ready to hang. Right now you can see the white plastic – eventually the plants will cover this and you will no longer see it. If you don’t like this look, black plastic will blend more with the soil. The photo on the left, below, is right after I planted the basket. The one on the right was taken a month later, you can no longer see the plastic bag at all.

All that is left, is to keep your basket looking good for the rest of the season. To read more on taking care of your hanging basket,

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Fiberglass Planter Liners

Planter Liner Inserts: Protecting Your Investment

Protecting your investment when choosing a variety of industrial planters made from redwood, cedar, pine, concrete and more, is essential for the cost conscious designer. Our fiberglass planter liners and Custom Waterproof Planter Liners provide strong coverage that extends the life of your commercial outdoor planters. We sell the standard versions online that included drainage holes, but we encourage you to call us to request watertight liners for your next project. We build everything to spec. By adding planter inserts, the fiberglass material is impervious to moisture and can be custom manufactured to your exact specifications. Planter box liners protect all kinds of planters but are particularly important to incorporate in wooden planters as eventually, like all organic materials, wood is more likely to degrade over time without a moisture barrier. Need some help choosing the right planters and options for your next project? View our Large Planters & Outdoor Planters Selection Guide, for a functional solution to bring your design to life.

Customization for the Perfect Fiberglass Planter Box Fit

When choosing fiberglass planter boxes, wood planters, or large commercial plant containers, customized liners provide an enduring solution that protects your investment. When considering additional customization options, these unfinished planter inserts can be fitted with irrigation systems or reservoirs, complete with drainage holes to keep plants appropriately drained yet hydrated for up to 2 weeks without over watering. By adding these systems, they keep not just your planter investment secure, they also keep your plant life healthier and more robust.

Any Size, Any Shape, Anywhere

Our fiberglass planter liners are available for a wide variety of applications. This includes sizes and shapes. What’s more, because we know that commercial fiberglass planters are used to create beautiful decor in a wide variety of locations, liners are particularly advantageous to incorporate in the design scheme because of their light weight. Plus, particular locations require added protection due to longer exposure to whether or sometimes less exposure to sunlight. Examples of locations where planter liners are additionally advantageous include pedestrian bridges, hanging gardens, rooftop gardens, even parking structures.

Custom waterproof liners can be curved or contoured, round, square, or rectangular manufactured to fit whatever shape you require. It’s one of the important qualities of fiberglass in that it is quite flexible providing infinite shape possibilities. Plus, since it is made using essentially defect-free glass fibers, it is exceedingly strong as well as very lightweight. When incorporated into a plastic base as occurs in our planter liners, the entire material mixture is inherently watertight upon customization. What’s more, as the glass fibers reinforce the plastic, each liner is more durable by this fusion, lending them to both waterproofing and strength neither product possesses alone.

For information on how to order your fiberglass planter liners and to request a commitment-free quote on custom waterproof liners, please call us today at 1-888-320-0626.

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