Question: Are plastic hanging baskets better than wire ones?

Answer: A lot depends on the type of plant that you’re trying to grow. If it’s a variety that roots freely through the sides of a wire basket like a Boston fern will, you probably ought to use that type of basket. On the other hand, if it needs more moisture than you might be able to provide in the wire basket, go with plastic. Bougainvilleas are a good example. They dry out quickly and are easier to maintain in plastic containers. If you’re dealing with larger plants, you’ll probably go to wire, particularly if you want something really attractive. There are welded wire baskets up to 4 and 5 feet in diameter.

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