Waterproofing is crucial for baskets as it protects them from any sought of damage like fungal attacks mainly caused by water spillage over the baskets.
The baskets should always be dry and moisture free to avoid microbial attacks.
The process can be done in several ways, but in this blog, you will learn various methods to waterproof your basket for plants.
Different types of baskets for plants:
Each basket varies in shape, size and material, but here are some of the best baskets picked up for you:
1. Hanging basket:
As the name indicates, these baskets are mainly used for hanging purposes suspended from the ceiling or wall, primarily for trailing plants.
These baskets are mainly made of plastic, wire, woven, and natural fibres.
2. Planter baskets:
Planter baskets are mainly used for indoor and outdoor plants.
These baskets come in various materials, such as ceramic, metal, and natural woven fibres.
Baskets can hold soil and have proper drainage holes at the bottom.
3. Wall baskets:
These baskets are similar to hanging baskets but fixed along with the wall.
They are mainly used in the vertical garden.
4. Woven basket:
Woven baskets are handmade from natural fibres like wicker, bamboo, and rattan.
These are mainly used for decorative purposes.
5. Wire basket:
Wire baskets are durable; they can be used for indoor and outdoor plants.
How to waterproof basket for plants:
Waterproofing ensures the wicker basket lasts longer. The various ways of waterproofing are listed below:
1. Use plastic liners:
You can use this plastic liner when the basket has larger holes and spaces between the weaves.
Plastic liners are thin plastic materials placed inside the basket to prevent water from leaking.
Step 1: Cut the plastic sheet slightly larger than the basket.
Step 2: Place the plastic sheet inside the basket and trim the excess part.
Step 3: Fix the plastic sheet with the basket by tape, ensuring it covers the basket’s bottom and sides.
2. Waterproof sealant:
A waterproof sealant is a liquid material applied to the basket surface to prevent water from penetrating through the basket.
This method best suits baskets with small holes and space between the weaves.
1. Waterproof sealant
Step 1: First, clean the basket thoroughly and allow it to dry.
Step 2: Apply the sealant with the help of a brush.
Step 3: While applying, cover the bottom and sides.
Step 4: Allow the sealant to dry completely before using the basket.
3. Fabric liner:
Fabric liners are made up of waterproof material such as vinyl and are placed inside the basket to prevent water from leaking.
This method best suits a basket with large holes between the weaves.
Step 1: Cut the fabric material according to the size of the basket
Step 2: Trim the excess material
Step 3: Use tape to secure the fabric and cover the entire basket.
Tips for maintaining waterproofed baskets:
By following these tips, you can easily maintain your waterproofed baskets:
1. Regular cleaning:
Regular cleaning is crucial and mandatory to prevent the basket from overloading with dirt and debris.
Use mild soaps and water to clean them thoroughly.
Dry the basket under sunlight before using them.
2. Avoid high temperatures:
Don’t expose the basket to high heat or cold temperatures because it may reduce its waterproof capabilities.
Keep the basket away from direct sunlight or cold.
3. Proper storage:
Store the baskets in a well-ventilated place when they are not being used.
Avoid storing in humid or damp places.
4. Regular inspection:
Inspect the baskets for any signs of wear and tear.
If you notice any damage or cracks, repair them immediately.
5. Avoid overloading:
Only load the basket within its limit; it may cause the basket to sag, and the waterproofing may get damaged.
How to convert a wicker basket into a planter:
Varnish the inside and outside of the basket with three coats of wood preservative or water-repellent varnish, then allow to dry.
This will weatherproof the wicker and significantly increase its usable life.
Cut a plastic circle that is twice as wide as the basket. Increase the circle’s diameter if the basket is quite deep. The plastic is lined within the container.
Make small holes in the plastic lining’s bottom to guarantee sufficient drainage.
Fill the container with potting soil and plant your favourite plant.
This is how you can convert a wicker basket into a planter.