Everyone wants to have a nice hanging plant (or an entire room full) in their house, but some of those flowers, succulents, and other decorative plants can be hard to hang and even harder to manage.
Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Before you know it, you’re house, apartment, or studio will look more like a greenhouse than a living space. The proper plant and proper placement can add a sense of life to your home better than any picture, paining, or obscure wall decoration ever could.
Below you will find the best hanging plants for all types of situations — small places, plants that are easy to take care of, and hanging plants that won’t break the bank.
How Do You Hang An Indoor Plant?
Hanging an indoor plant doesn’t have to be a daunting or labor intensive project. Depending on your living arrangement, you can hang the plants in just about any fashion you choose.
Suction Them To A Window
If you don’t have permission to drill holes into your walls or just don’t want to commit to them, you can always hang suction cup planters on your windows to make for an easy to move and manage window garden. The plants will also get plenty of sunlight which can make growing indoor plants a whole lot easier.
Hang Them From The Ceiling
The most traditional method is to hang plants from the ceiling. You’ll need to drill a hole or two in your ceiling to hang the ropes that will hold the planters in place. We recommend finding a way to anchor the planters into the ceiling to avoid them crashing down in the future.
Build An Indoor Trellis
If you’re ceiling is too high or you don’t trust it to hold a planter with a plant, soil, and water, you can always build an indoor trellis on one of your walls and then use that to hang flower pots connected to hooks. This can give you endless options to arrange the plants along your wall and will also make it easier to care for those indoor plants.
For Small Places
Don’t let having a small house, apartment, or cramped studio stop you from adding a plant or two to your living space. Here are a few small indoor hanging plants that caught our eye.
Air plants are some of the easiest indoor plants to take care of as they don’t require any soil and only minimal care (a light misting two to three times a week). They come in a variety of shapes and sizes, so there are plenty of options to meet your needs.
You could try placing them in a terrarium that gets plenty of air circulation or even something as simple as a block of wood hanging from a rope.
They can be purchased at a number of retailers, but you can always start with the Air Plant Design Studio.
The oxalis plant comes in all shapes and sizes, but one of the more popular varieties is the one commonly referred to as the “purple shamrock” or “false shamrock.” This plant looks somewhat similar to the three-leafed clover, only it’s purple.
The oxalis will need to be hung in a spot where it receives indirect sunlight and in a planter that can be drained, which might make things difficult for the novice plant owner.
You can buy a package of oxalis bulbs on Amazon, but you will need to plant them and allow it to grow before it reaches its full potential. Otherwise, check your local nursery or plant store.
If you’re looking for a nice vine plant to bring life to your study, living room, or even kitchen, then pothos plants are going to be your best bet. These vine plants have a nice appearance with their trailing leaves, and they can also help purify the air in the room.
These vines will work best in a hanging pot. If they are placed at the proper height, the vines can trail down onto bookcases, desks, or other pieces of furniture.
The leaves of the pothos will be the best indicator as to whether or not they are receiving enough water. If the leaves are wilting or starting to turn brown, you will need to give them more water. They will need less water if the leaves turn yellow.
Different varieties of pothos can be purchased at ProFlowers.
Easy To Take Care Of Plants
Sometimes you want a plant that won’t require all too much work; a plant that looks nice but also acts nice as well. That’s where these plants come in.
The spider plant is probably one of the most unique house plants you can find. Its distinct foliage certainly lives up to its peculiar name, which might be the reason why it’s one of the most popular hanging plants out there.
This type of plant works best in direct sunlight, so you’ll want to make sure to place it in front of a window or a room that gets a lot of sun throughout the day.
The spider plant is one of the best starter plants for anyone looking at adding hanging plants to their living space mostly because it doesn’t require all too much attention.
Bloomspace has fully grown spider plants for sale if you don’t want to go through the process of growing your own.
English ivy is one of the most elegant houseplants you can get that doesn’t require a lot of work to maintain. Like most living organisms from England, this variety of ivy thrives best in moist and cold environments.
These would be great hanging in front of a window that receives partial light to the east or west or any window on the north or south side of your home.
You’ll just need to make sure the soil remains wet and the temperature remains between the mid-60s and mid-70s. Anything north of that range can cause the leaves to dry and wilt.
You can pick up a small pot of English ivy on Amazon or other retailers.
The peperomia is one of the most popular types of ornamental foliage mainly because it’s easy to grow, is relatively small, and doesn’t require a whole lot of care once they are put into place.
These plants can be hung in any fashion, but the best way would probably be in a room where there isn’t all that much direct sunlight; too much intense sunlight can be harmful.
Once the peperomia is planted, you will just need to water it once a week. Make sure to the let the soil completely dry out before each watering.
You can pick up one of these plants at The Sill.
For A Tight Budget
String Of Pearls
The string of pearls is a cheap, low-maintenance, and popular indoor plant that gets its name from the small, round leaves that look remarkably similar to a string of pearls.
Like most of the plants on this list, the string of pearls will do best when hung in front of window that gets ample sunlight each day. You can hang it pretty high because the strings will dangle as they grow.
String of pearls will require the occasional dose of a balanced nitrogen formula in addition to the normal soil if you want to promote growth. Make sure to keep the soil loose and porous to allow water to reach the roots of the plant.
Fully grown string of pearl plants can be purchased on Amazon.
The goldfish plant (or candy corn plant) is one of the funkier plants on this list. Taking its name from everyone’s favorite childhood fish, this is another relatively cheap hanging plant that with a little work can go a long way.
Hanging the goldfish plant in front of a window that gets direct sunlight by morning and indirect by afternoon is going to be your best best. You don’t want to fry the leaves or small flowers of this plant.
Watering is key to the goldfish plant and you should water it thoroughly when it’s dry. Besides that, you shouldn’t have to work with the soil or prune any leaves.
The goldfish plant can be found on Amazon or other retailers.
If you have a cat that likes to climb shelves or other pieces of tall furniture, then the Boston fern is the indoor plant for you. It’s non-toxic, it looks somewhat tropical, and it’s cheap. What’s not to love?
Since it’s a fern, this plant will be best if hung somewhere in the house where it’s going to get a decent amount of indirect sunlight or soft light in the morning.
There’s not much to the care of the Boston fern besides the occasional watering and making sure it stays in a room with a temperature between 55 and 75 degrees.
The Boston fern isn’t all too expensive and can be picked up on Amazon or your local garden store.
Tips On How To NOT Kill Your Hanging Plant
If you want to keep your indoor hanging plant alive and healthy, you’ll need to pay attention to the amount of water and sunlight it requires for proper growth. Each plant has its own way of telling you if it’s happy or not, so make note of how it reacts to sunlight and watering; you’ll need to make adjustments from there.
Indoor hanging plants are typically not the hardest to keep alive, so you won’t much work at all. Just give them a little attention from time to time and you’ll be fine.