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How does Sunset get poinsettias to hang? There's a trick. But it's easier than it looks.

How does Sunset get poinsettias to hang? Long a tradition at Sunset's headquarters in Menlo Park, California, these colorful hanging poinsettia baskets greet visitors at our front door and hang from trees in our courtyard gardens.

Frequently, we're asked how we get a bicolored poinsettia to grow this way. The secret is that the arrangement isn't a single large plant, but actually 12 plants in a specially built plastic container.

Simply cut, drill, and fill with plants

For each basket, you need a 12-inch-diameter plastic nursery pot with slightly tapered sides; it should stand about 10 inches tall. After cutting and drilling the pot as shown, fill it with the poinsettias. Buy plants in 4-inch pots ($3 to $4 each); here, we used four white and eight red. Select same-height, single-stem plants that are not too leggy, with full blooms. You also need a block of scrap wood for drilling, sphagnum moss, potting soil, 10 feet of lightweight chain, and four 1-inch S-hooks. Tools for assembly are a hacksaw, saber saw, tape measure, string, black marking pen, tin snips, craft knife, and electric drill with 1/4-inch bit.

Start by cutting off the pot rim, then cut five equally spaced slots in the side; plants with shortest stems and fullest blooms slip into these spaces (we used two whites and three reds). Snug the plants in with moss, add soil, and put remaining plants on top. To hang, cut three 3-foot lengths of chain. Slip an S-hook through each hole in the rim, then through holes in pot (if needed, spread hooks to fit). Attach a length of chain to each hook. Bring chains together at top with fourth S-hook.

Water the pot thoroughly, then douse once a week. Since poinsettias are frost tender, cover the basket on cold nights. Poinsettia baskets last about a month. After the holidays, you can reuse the pot to create instant color displays with trailing spring- and summer-blooming plants in 4-inch pots.
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