Famous Red Wing Moss Baskets
Those who live in Red Wing, the surrounding area, or who have traveled through our City have likely enjoyed the beautiful, full, flowering baskets hanging from the light poles downtown. Since 1989, the very first year they were hung, we have received hundreds of inquiries;
“Where can I get one of those?”
The tradition of the Red Wing Moss Basket began in 1989 and has grown into an icon for our beautiful City. Sargent’s Nursery currently grows all of the Red Wing Moss Baskets you see around town, along with many more we sell to the public. While they represent the City of Red Wing, the basket program is actually fully paid for by Red Wing’s Noontime Kiwanis Club (since 2004); no tax dollars are used for flower basket expenses. Kiwanians have full responsibility for raising funds for everything from the seeds to the fertilizer and the seasonal City employees who water the baskets.
Donations to the Program
The Red Wing Noontime Kiwanis invite you to help keep the tradition blooming and to be a part of making your community bright and beautiful.
Tax-deductible donations may be made to the Red Wing Kiwanis Foundation-Flower Basket Trust.
You can contact the Red Wing Chamber of Commerce with questions or to make a donation.
Purchase for Your Home
Baskets available for purchase by the public are built from the same sun-loving plants as the larger city baskets, and are planted in a 14″ basket rather than a 16″ the brackets available to the general public can accommodate their weight.
We produce well over 500 flowering baskets for our customers yearly and they are only available for a limited time. To purchase a Sargent’s Nursery moss basket, stop by or call in early May to ensure you get one. They do sell quickly!
Plant your Own
Early each Spring Sargent’s Nursery offers several moss basket planting classes where we let you in on the tradition with tips and tricks and expertise.
We provide you with the supplies you need–wire basket, moss liner, soil, fertilizer, and of course beautiful plants–to create your very own replica Red Wing Moss Basket which you can display at your home.
When you’ve finished planting, we tag your basket and find a home for it in our greenhouse where we care for it until sometime in May when you can pick it up and bring it home with you!
To reserve space for yourself or a group, please check our events page in February or March; you can locate the exact dates on our event calendar.
Red Wing Moss Basket Care Tips
The Red Wing Moss Baskets are designed to be hung in a sunny location. The trademarks of these baskets are the volume of foliage and the number of flowers. If your basket doesn’t receive at least of 6 hours of bright sun each day it just won’t maintain the classic full look and may have fewer blossoms.
A location sheltered from the hot wind can help prevent wilting and breakage.
Deadheading is not necessary, these petunias—when properly cared for—will continue to produce new blooms.
Your ability to water the basket properly will dictate the success you will have with it. In May, the days and nights are still relatively cool and the plants are small, so you may only need to water every few days. In the heat of the summer you will likely need to water your basket daily. Check the basket daily to determine its water needs.
A few techniques to determine wateting needs:
• Lift it slightly from the bottom to determine the weight. (If it feels lighter than when you bought it, it’s time for water!)
• If the moss on the outside is dry, the basket may also be dry inside.
• Touch the Soil. If it’s dry, it’s time for more water.
How to Water
With a watering can, thoroughly drench the base of the plants in the basket until water pours out the bottom. If the basket is quite dry and light feeling, the water may pour out immediately, don’t mistake this for being watered properly. The soil just needs time to absorb, so take your time with it until it is fully saturated. Never count on the rain to water your basket properly; despite the rain, continue to check on your basket’s water needs. Remember to flush any solar heated water from the hose fully before you fill your watering can.
Fertilizing is crucial to the success of your basket! Even if you’ve never used fertilizer before, this is the time to start! We recommend using two products Miracle Gro and Miracid throughout the season to achieve the best results.
We recommend one of the following options:
• Once a Week: With watering can, water your basket one week with full strength Miracle Gro (1 Tablespoon/ gallon water) and the next week with Miracid at full strength (1 Tablespoon/gal.) Alternate all season long.
• Fertilize Daily when watering at ¼ strength (1 teaspoon/gal.) Use Miracle Gro regularly and substitute with Miracid every 3rd watering.
Enjoy the tradition!