Indoor Hanging Plants: When you’re tired of staring at the same four walls, you can refresh your space in a simple and refreshing way. In fact, studies have shown that plants can help reduce stress and reduce indoor air pollution. And there is no question that, regardless of size, appearance and feel, they make your room more cozy and inviting.
If you have little space or available tables, countertops or shelves, turn to these hanging houseplants to fill your home with vibrant green. Not to mention that these pretty picks are a handy option if you have pets who like to nibble on houseplants or small children who take everything in sight.
Caring for a hanging plant may sound difficult, but the same rules apply: before you put the plant, succulent, or flower in a new planter, read how much water and sun it takes to thrive. A south-facing window is best for plants that need bright light. However, many of the plants on this list can survive in poor light conditions. And whatever you do, make sure your planter has drainage holes to prevent over-watering.
Spider plants are classic for a reason: they have long strappy leaves and arched stems with tiny little plants at the ends that can be pinched off to make new baby plants. Put it in a room with bright light, even if it adapts to poor lighting conditions. Pour it when the soil is slightly dry.
This sturdy plant is perfect for newbies as it is extremely tolerant and can survive for weeks without water and light. Pothos, which also comes from Devil’s Ivy, prefers moderate light but does not tolerate much light. Let it dry between waterings.
Phalenopsis orchids do not deserve a bad reputation for being fussy because they are pleasantly forgiving. They continue to bloom for months – even years – as long as you give them bright, indirect light and water every week.
English Ivy looks beautiful when it runs along the sides of a hanging basket or pot. It prefers moderate light, but adapts to poor lighting conditions. Let it dry completely between waterings.
Air plants are a type of epiphyte, which means that they can grow without soil. That means it comes closest to an easy-care system! It is often sold in a glass ball. So hang it in a visible place where you can see its delicate beauty. Give it bright light and water by spraying it occasionally.
This underestimated beauty has veined leaves that curl up in prayer in response to the dark. It prefers moderately light and moist soils.
The strong, upright fronds of this plant form a pretty vase shape. Some varieties of bird’s nest ferns, such as those from Bloomscape, have ruffled edges. As with most ferns, this type needs bright light and regular watering.
The adorable name is reason enough to own this little gem! Tiny pearls dangle from a long stem, giving this succulent plant a cascade inspired by pears. Place it in a room with bright light and let the soil dry out largely between waterings.
The arched shape of this flowering plant works wonderfully in a hanging pot. Keep an eye out for different species throughout the year as the flower colors vary with the seasons. Give it bright light and water when the soil is completely dry.
These inexpensive ferns are a classic houseplant, but let’s make one thing clear: they require tons of TLC. Boston ferns need constant light moisture and high humidity. You can do this by sticking them on a tray filled with pebbles and water. They also shed regularly, so keep your broom handy.
This wine plant consists of glossy, heart-shaped leaves that fill a hanging basket beautifully. They prefer moderate light and should dry out slightly between waterings.
Chenille plants have red caterpillar-like flowers that add a touch of color to any room. Hang it in a place where there is a lot of sunlight and keep it slightly moist for nice results.
Arrow-shaped leaves with silver splashes make this plant an interesting plant that brightens up any room. Bonus: It is not fussy and extremely easy to care for beginners. Just make sure it’s moderately light and slightly damp.
This succulent plant has an interesting texture that – you guessed it – looks like a burro tail. The long stems dangle over the sides of the pot and give it a unique look. Like other succulents, it needs bright light and should dry completely between waterings.
Folded leaves and unique markings make this plant a striking plant for any environment. It grows best in low to moderate light and should dry out between waterings.
These delicate ferns are stunning, but be warned: they need high humidity (at least 50%) to survive. For this reason, virgin hair ferns should be kept in sunny bathrooms where there is plenty of light and moisture.
This lesser-known ivy plant has flaky leaves that become shiny as they mature. It prefers moderate light but adapts easily to poor lighting conditions. Keep the floor slightly damp.
Polka dot plant
The pink, white or red speckled leaves of this plant make it a statement maker. Place it in a room with moderate light and let it dry between waterings.
Absolutely, every coin has two sides, and indoor hanging plants are no exception. They have their own set of advantages and disadvantages. Let’s explore them.
Pros of Indoor Hanging Plants:
- Air Purification: Many indoor hanging plants, such as English Ivy and Spider plants, are excellent at purifying the air, removing toxins, and improving indoor air quality.
- Aesthetically Pleasing: Hanging plants add a unique dimension to any room. They provide an eye-catching display and can be used to fill up empty spaces, especially in areas with high ceilings.
- Space Savers: If you’re tight on space, hanging plants are your perfect companion. They take up zero floor space, making them ideal for small apartments or rooms.
- Boost Mood: Plants in general, and hanging plants in particular, can greatly enhance mood and productivity, reduce stress, and increase a sense of well-being.
- Versatility: There’s a vast variety of hanging plants available, allowing you to choose plants that fit your aesthetic and care capabilities.
Cons of Indoor Hanging Plants:
- Maintenance: Some hanging plants can be high maintenance, requiring precise watering, feeding, and light conditions. Over or under watering can often be an issue.
- Difficult Access: Hanging plants can sometimes be tricky to reach, especially when it’s time to water them, prune them, or move them around.
- Pests and Diseases: If not properly cared for, hanging plants can be susceptible to pests and diseases, which may be harder to treat because of the height and inaccessibility of the plants.
- Potential Mess: Watering hanging plants can sometimes lead to water dripping down onto the furniture or floor below, which can cause a mess or damage.
- Safety: If not secured properly, a falling plant could cause injury or damage. It’s essential to use sturdy hooks and check the weight limit before hanging a plant from the ceiling or wall.
Despite the cons, with proper care and attention, hanging plants can make a delightful addition to any indoor space. As with any plant, understanding their specific needs and providing the right conditions will help ensure their health and longevity.
1. How often should I water my indoor hanging plants?
The watering frequency varies depending on the type of plant and its needs, but a general rule of thumb is to water when the top inch of soil feels dry. Succulents, like String of Pearls or Burro’s Tail, need less watering compared to ferns or ivies. Always research your specific plant for best care instructions.
2. How much light do indoor hanging plants need?
Again, this varies with each plant. Some plants like Pothos and Philodendron can thrive in low to medium light, while others like String of Dolphins or Fishbone Cactus prefer bright, indirect light. Ensure your plant’s location meets its light requirements for optimal growth.
3. What type of planter should I use for my hanging plants?
Your choice of planter depends on your aesthetic preference and the plant’s needs. Generally, ensure that your planter has adequate drainage holes and is large enough for the root system of your plant. A lightweight planter is preferable for hanging arrangements for safety and ease of maintenance.
4. How do I install a hanging plant at home?
Select a location that meets your plant’s light requirements. You’ll need a sturdy hook and a drill to install the hook in the ceiling or wall. Make sure the hook can support the weight of the plant and the planter, especially when it’s watered.
5. How can I propagate my hanging plants?
Many hanging plants can be propagated through cuttings. Cut a piece of the vine just below a node (the bump where leaves grow), place it in water, and wait for roots to form. Once you have a good root system, you can plant it in soil.
6. What should I do if my hanging plant looks unhealthy?
The first step is to identify the problem. Yellowing leaves could indicate overwatering, while brown, crispy leaves might mean too little water or humidity. Pests, too much or too little light, and nutrient deficiencies can also cause issues. Once you’ve identified the problem, adjust your care routine accordingly.
7. Can I hang plants in a room without windows?
Yes, but your choice of plants will be limited. Choose plants that thrive in low-light conditions, such as Pothos or Spider plants. Alternatively, you can use artificial grow lights to provide the necessary light for more light-loving plants.
Remember, every plant is unique and requires different care. It’s essential to research and understand the specific needs of your chosen plant for it to thrive. Happy planting!