Hanging baskets are just that – a type of basket. The use of baskets provides lots of open space for adequate air circulation and sets the stage for proper drainage. With that in mind, it is important to line your hanging basket with materials that will help keep the soil, plants, and roots protected, in addition to keeping water from just pouring through.
There are a few options that work well for lining your baskets. Some gardeners use moss to line their hanging baskets. Other gardeners turn to coco and pre-manufactured liners that are made to fit a certain size basket.
Coco liners have a long and interesting history. They are fabricated from the shell, or outer covering of a coconut, hence the name coco liner. The first steps of the coco liner’s production are primarily done in Sri Lanka and Indonesia where the hull is shredded into fibers and baled. These bales are shipped to China where they are dried, sprayed with pesticides and latex, and then cut into squares for easy handling so they can be molded into the shape of baskets. The molding process also involves additional latex spraying. It is a highly manual process involving unnecessary chemicals.
Until recently, these textured and messy liners were the only option available on the market. The EcoLiner™ has changed the hanging basket liner landscape with its durability, performance, and eco-friendly construction.
What is EcoLiner™:
CobraCo® has developed a solution that dramatically outperforms the coco liner. Meet EcoLiner. EcoLiner is a paper mache liner; fabricated from recycled corrugate. The benefits of using EcoLiner in your hanging baskets include:
- Biodegradable materials; without the chemicals used in coco liner production
- Twice the moisture retaining capability of a coco liner
- Reduced effort required to maintain plants – less watering on your part
- Resists fading caused by sunlight due to natural colorfast pigment dye
EcoLiner is truly better for your plant, better for you, and better for the earth. Made with a paper mache material that starts with recycled cardboard to create a slurry, EcoLiner®’s material is not the art class paper mache you’re familiar with. This mixture is made with biodegradable ingredients necessary to create durability and moisture retaining features of EcoLiner. With this proprietary formula, EcoLiner can be made in just about any shape or color you can imagine!
Using a liner for your basket will save you time and water and will help the longevity and health of your plants. CobraCo® plant liners are available at your local garden center or can be purchased online in our Plant Liner Shop!