Hanging plants can not only add stunning decor to your living space but they’re also quite useful. They’re perfect for anyone who wants to add plants to a small space, by making the most of available space by hanging the plants.
What’s best is that hanging your indoor plants is a great way to keep kids and pets out of them. This is an easy way to have plants that are toxic to humans and animals.
But with the hundreds of different options available, it can be tricky to narrow down the ones that are the best hanging plants. And so, we’ve done all the work for you!
In this article, we’ll share our list of the 10 best hanging plants that are versatile, easy, and stunning to hang indoors. You’ll also learn about where to hang your indoor plants and how to do it properly.
What are Hanging Plants?
A hanging plant is a type of houseplant that is suspended from the ceiling or another surface and suspended in the air. These plants come in various shapes and sizes and can be used as decorative pieces or simply for their health benefits.
Hanging plants are great for small spaces where there isn’t enough room to put a traditional potted plant or they are just more aesthetically pleasing.
Where to Hang Indoor Hanging Plants
If you’re looking to get some indoor plants, the first step is to consider how much light your plant requires.
Some plants prefer full light near a window, while others prefer partial shade. This will help you determine where to hang your plant. Also, take into account how much room your hanging plant needs.
While some plants grow horizontally before hanging downward, others trail down directly. Long-growing plants should be hung higher. But if you don’t have a lot of height, you can always cut the long stems and divide them to create new plants, or you may place cuttings beside the parent plant to encourage more growth!
Plants look great when hung in a group in front of a window. You’ll have a lovely, all-natural privacy screen and your plants will receive plenty of bright light!
We recommend shielding your plants from the harsh, direct sunlight by using a sheer curtain or your own homemade window sun diffusers. What’s best is that there are many beautiful plant hangers that you can choose from to showcase your plants.
How to Hang Plants Properly and Safely
Be aware that hanging baskets full of plants and moist soil can be quite heavy. If you hang your plant, you don’t want it to tumble from the wall or the ceiling.
You should drill where there is a wall stud or ceiling joist to avoid this from happening. To ensure that your wall or ceiling can support the weight of your plant, combine it with the appropriate hardware.
To find wall studs or ceiling joists, use a stud finder. And get a wall bracket or ceiling hook kit to hang your plant. Use a swivel bracket to move your plant in and out of the sun as needed if you hang it on the wall.
Don’t hang your plant too high where you can’t readily reach it because you might need to take it down to water it.
In case you don’t own a drill or are a renter who cannot drill, don’t worry there are still ways to have hanging plants in your home. It’s actually not always necessary to hang hanging plants. You can simply let your hanging plant trail down from a shelf or plant stand too.
Hanging plants on the side hooks of a standing coat rack is an additional way to show them.
How to Water Hanging Plants
Most of the time, hanging plants need watering more often than plants that are on the ground. This is a result of the air being warmer and drier above than below.
Many hanging plants are placed in non-draining planter pots. Usually, this is done to stop water from dripping after watering.
Even though that seems logical, the roots of your plants to be able to dry out and avoid drowning in moist soil, they need drainage. For this purpose, there are drip trays and hanging planters with drainage for extra water. You can use a step ladder and a watering can with a long spout, but you still need to be careful not to let it overflow. Water might still get on your lovely carpet.
For this reason, many gardeners prefer bringing their plants down to water them, and let the excess water drain in the sink before putting it back.
If you do use a decorative planter without drainage for your hanging plant, use it as a cachepot. Put your plant into a drainage-equipped plastic nursery pot, then put that inside the cachepot.
The majority of these plants can be multiplied in water quite easily. Don’t discard those cuttings when it comes time to clip your plants as they get bigger. Simply propagate them to grow more plants!
10 Best Hanging Plants for Your Home
If you’re looking for some beautiful hanging plants, here are 10 of the best hanging plants for your home:
1. Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum)
The spider plant is an all-time favorite houseplant.
Fast-growing and incredibly low-maintenance, spider plants also produce tiny offspring that can be grown into full-grown new plants.
The spider plant can tolerate a little shade but prefers bright indirect light. Allow it plenty of room to expand sideways.
2. English Ivy (Hedera helix)
English ivy is a simple and quick-growing plant; in fact, in some places, it is regarded as invasive.
This plant looks gorgeous indoors in a hanging planter, but it can also be grown outdoors as a ground cover.
The vines grow long and droop. If they manage to grab onto something, they will trail and climb.
Hang your English ivy plant in a location where it has lots of room to grow outward and downward. Both low light and bright indirect light are good for English Ivy.
3. Pothos (Epipremnum Aureum)
The Pothos plant is one of the most popular types of houseplants since it doesn’t require much care and looks lovely flowing down or growing on a moss pole.
A pothos plant may flourish in practically any place. Although it may tolerate low light, bright, indirect light will hasten its growth.
The vines on pothos can grow fairly long, so hang them higher up. The vines can be pruned and multiplied if necessary.
There are many different types of pothos. You can find types with golden or variegated foliage for added flair as well, and their long trailing stems are ideal for hanging planters.
4. Satin Pothos (Scindapsus Pictus)
The lovely hanging plant Scindapsus Pictus, also known as Satin Pothos, is ideal for bringing a little greenery inside.
The velvety, heart-shaped leaves of this low-maintenance plant are adored for their shades of green and silver.
Provide water when the top inch of soil is dry and bright indirect light. The Satin Pothos may grow in conditions of moderate indoor humidity, but it thrives in conditions of medium to high humidity.
5. Heart-leaf Philodendron (Philodendron Hederaceum)
The heart-leaf philodendron is sometimes confused with the pothos plant.
They are completely different plants, even though they do have similar leaf sizes and shapes, the way the plants trail, and frequently even similar variegations.
However, they have identical maintenance requirements and are both quite easy to care for.
6. String of Hearts (Ceropegia Woodii)
The String of Hearts gets its name from the heart-shaped leaves that grow on the long, slender trailing vines.
It produces pink tubular flowers with odd shapes that serve as ingenious fly traps, luring them with the flower’s aroma and encasing them in the purple tips. After the fly has been pollinated by the plant and is ready to move on, the plant releases it.
Give your String of Hearts ample space to grow vertically and bright, indirect light.
7. Boston Fern (Nephrolepis Exaltata)
The Boston Fern is a popular choice for a hanging plant due to its graceful and lush fronds. With its cascading foliage, the Boston Fern can add a touch of elegance and freshness to any indoor or outdoor space.
However, they can be a bit tricky to keep lush and healthy. Keep the soil evenly moist and the humidity high for this stunning plant to thrive.
8. Burro’s Tail (Sedum Morganianum)
Burro’s tail is a striking succulent with long, drooping stalks. Great for hanging baskets!
Small, oval succulent leaves cover the trailing stems. These leaves grow in such close proximity to one another and overlap that they resemble a thick green braid.
Burro’s tail thrives in a bright location, such as a south-facing windowsill or pot.
9. Strawberry Begonia (Saxifraga Stolonifera)
Saxifraga Stolonifera, also referred to as Strawberry Begonia, is a popular hanging plant that is cherished for its lovely leaves and simple maintenance.
Both strawberries and Begonias are not what the Strawberry Begonia is. The plant does produce long runners like a strawberry plant and leaves that resemble Begonias.
This plant can grow in your home with the proper care and conditions.
10. String of Pearls (Senecio Rowleyanus)
String of Pearls is a remarkable hanging succulent with many little green ‘pearls’ growing on long trailing stems.
There is no need for routine watering because the pearls contain water. However, if the pearls begin to shrivel, please water them!
Place your String of Pearls where it can trail down freely. Ideally with a few hours of morning sun and the rest of the day with bright, indirect light.
When the stems grow too long for the available space, they are simple to propagate.
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Melissa Pino is a biologist, master gardener, and regular contributor for Planet Natural. Melissa's work focuses on promoting environmentally-friendly practices, helping people create healthy gardens and finding ways to achieve overall health and wellness.