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Hanging House Plants in your home

Small indoor plants are the perfect way to make any space look a bit more ‘alive’, but if your tight on space, and having to choose between functional everyday items and a plant, I think we both know what you have to choose, unfortunately. So where else can I put my plants? The solution… lookup! All that unused potential space!

Hanging plants in your home are the perfect modern-day alternative to transform, add greenery and make use of every bit of space you have. With so many options on the market, they are ideal for purifying air, adding privacy and they simply look effortless cool; another bonus if you have children or pets the fear of them getting too near them often eliminated.

Simple guide to maintaining all hanging plants

Now we know every plant is different, so make sure if you have a specific plant to check out the rest of this page for individual information on our top five or equally have a look at our plant directory.

However, on a more general note, here are a few of our quick tips and tricks to ensure you have the best-looking, healthiest hanging plant, and all importantly we’ve thought about health and safety, so you don’t have to!

  • Probably quite an essential trick is to ensure that you can reach the plants easily to water and trim when necessary.
  • On the flip side for the tall people make sure there is plenty of headroom underneath to allow people to walk around your home without leaving with a sore head.
  • Consider the height when hanging your plants; remember that hot air rises. Some plants are particularly sensitive and can cause some plants to wither and die. Try to avoid hanging above radiators.
  • Cut the straggling parts of the hanging plants back to just above the leaf; this encourages the plants to grow bushier.
  • On a more serious note hanging plants can be heavy so ensure that the correct fixings and hooks are securely attached to withstand the weight of the plant soil and container. Choose a lightweight container to lessen the load.
  • And another serious one ensure that you purchase the right hooks fixings and brackets that a suitable for the plants you would like to hang. If you are fixing to a ceiling or wall. Ensure that you take care guaranteeing that you don’t put yourself or any others at risk. Also make sure that the wall or ceiling can withstand a fixture such as a bracket as some thin walls may have difficulty.

Our Top 6 Hanging Plants

Whether you’re a novice or a complete pro gardener, you’ll find our favourite hanging plants right here! We’ve managed to narrow it down to the top 5, but feel free to look at our plant directory for all the other fantastic hanging plant options that aren’t featured here:

6. Ficus Pumila or Creeping Fig

Unlike most other varieties of Ficus, the creeping fig has rather small leaves and long trailing stems. Part of the Moraceae or Mulberry family, the creeping fig is the most well-behaved vine plant.

Due to its roots and fast-growing nature, you will most likely have to re-pot your fig every two years, which isn’t as bad as it sounds and also means you can propagate new ones! But also make sure to prune your fig – it’s natural growing nature means it can grow out of control (sometimes) – and even a plus to those who need and want an easy plant.

Top tip – Your creeping fig can also be trained to climb around a hoop or up a trellis, or as a climbing plant supported by a moss poll, where is receives it others common name the climbing tree. To find out more about training your plant to climb, Click here.

Where should I hang my plant?

We’ve got an easy one for you; this plant loves a position where other plants typically don’t thrive. It does not need very much light to succeed and prefers a shaded spot, albeit it will grow in any light, but like most others don’t place in direct sunlight.

The world is your oyster with regards to the position of your plant, so put where you want and feel. Figs are known to grow notoriously quickly, reaching lengths 23-30cm (9-12in) in one year, so make sure you have enough room, or you’re ready to prune your fig.

 

When should I water my plant?

The first tip is to make sure that the plant never dries out, checking the top of the soil before watering – if dry then its best you water it. You may find it is best to spray your plant with water to create the optimal environment, which is excellent for its humidity.

If you’re planning to keep your fig in a hot room during the winter period, make sure you water it more generously. It is that simple!

 

Why pick me?

Not only is this such an easy-going plant and quick to grow, but its small delicate heart-shaped leaves, densely cover its long stems and its thick vine leaves – it is true the saying that less is more.

Important note that these are toxic to pets and humans if consumed!

5. Epipremnum Aureum or Golden Pothos

Part of the Araceae Family or Arum family, these aren’t the plants only names, also more commonly known as money plant, devil’s vine or devil ivy; but don’t let the devil part put you off.

If you’re a beginner to the planting world, this plant is perfect for you because it’s practically impossible to kill off, as some say! So, this is the ideal plant to impress your friends and family by pretending you know how to keep a plant alive.

Top tip – When your pathos is not getting enough sunlight, they will lose their different coloured appearance in each zone, known as variegation.

Where should I hang my plant?

They are one of the best indoor plants; they are perfect for the bedroom to purify airborne toxins replacing carbon dioxide with oxygen. Combined with the benefits of helping you breathe easier and overall proven to help give you get a better night sleep, what is there not to love?

They thrive the most with a mix of moderate light and some shade, which will bring out its stunning colour. But here’s one for those who may find it hard to have this particular light, this plant will withstand and stay alive albeit with stunted growth, even in darkness!

This plant can also withstand direct bright light but be warned; the leaves will burn.

 

When should I water my plant?

If you are someone who forgets to regularly water plants, then this plant is ideal, as these devil plants are so hard to kill, the only thing that will kill them is overwatering them.

The pothos will not like it if they sit in a continually moist soil; this will result in it most likely fall victim to root rot.

The best way to water this plant is to feel the soil, if it feels wet, then you don’t need to add any more water, but if the soil is feeling dry, then you need to water your plant, making sure to water moderately throughout the year.

 

Why pick me?

The name golden pathos is said to derive from the variegated golden-yellow leaves that look bright and waxy, with a pointy heart-shaped figure; these are one of the most popular cultivators of Epipremnum and we not surprised!

Inside, as houseplant they confine themselves to around 6-10 feet, making them a stunning hanging plant!

 

Other varieties

To learn more about the Golden Pothos click here, or to find out more about the different varieties click on each name: Marble Queen, Satin Pathos, Neon, Pearls and Jade- all of which would also look amazing in hanging baskets!

4. Epipremnum Aureum or Golden Pothos

Part of the Araceae Family or Arum family, these aren’t the plants only names, also more commonly known as money plant, devil’s vine or devil ivy; but don’t let the devil part put you off.

If you’re a beginner to the planting world, this plant is perfect for you because it’s practically impossible to kill off, as some say! So, this is the ideal plant to impress your friends and family by pretending you know how to keep a plant alive.

Top tip – When your pathos is not getting enough sunlight, they will lose their different coloured appearance in each zone, known as variegation.

Where should I hang my plant?

They are one of the best indoor plants; they are perfect for the bedroom to purify airborne toxins replacing carbon dioxide with oxygen.

Combined with the benefits of helping you breathe easier and overall proven to help give you get a better night sleep, what is there not to love?

They thrive the most with a mix of moderate light and some shade, which will bring out its stunning colour. But here’s one for those who may find it hard to have this particular light, this plant will withstand and stay alive albeit with stunted growth, even in darkness!

This plant can also withstand direct bright light but be warned; the leaves will burn.

 

When should I water my plant?

If you are someone who forgets to regularly water plants, then this plant is ideal, as these devil plants are so hard to kill, the only thing that will kill them is overwatering them.

The pothos will not like it if they sit in a continually moist soil; this will result in it most likely fall victim to root rot. The best way to water this plant is to feel the soil, if it feels wet, then you don’t need to add any more water, but if the soil is feeling dry, then you need to water your plant, making sure to water moderately throughout the year.

 

Why pick me?

The name golden pathos is said to derive from the variegated golden-yellow leaves that look bright and waxy, with a pointy heart-shaped figure; these are one of the most popular cultivators of Epipremnum and we not surprised!

Inside, as houseplant they confine themselves to around 6-10 feet, making them a stunning hanging plant!

 

Other varieties

To learn more about the Golden Pothos click here, or to find out more about the different varieties click on each name: Marble Queen, Satin Pathos, Neon, Pearls and Jade- all of which would also look amazing in hanging baskets!

3. Senecio rowleyanus or String of Beads

Belonging to the family Asteraceae, this succulent plant, like many others, requires very little care due to its low maintenance need for watering.

This plant received its name from British botanist Gordan Douglas Rowley who specialised in succulents and cacti, and it is a breath-taking plant, that is so instagrammable – we are quite frankly obsessed with it!

Top tip – These plants are straightforward to propagate (grow new ones), which is perfect as you can make the original look a lot fuller when re-potting, and an ideal unique (free) gift for friends and family. Simply take cuttings and place them into the soil and allow them to take root. (If you want to know how to take cuttings here’s a page which explains how).

Where should I hang my plant?

These are the perfect hanging plant as the tendrils need room to sprawl out and hang down; the stems will trail down for 60-90 cm (2-3ft).

They typically do well in a bright space; an ideal location would be by a sunny windowsill; it can also handle a little lower light. Try to avoid placing it in drafty areas and keep in an average indoor temperature room. Direct sunlight is not preferable.

Therefore an east-facing window is preferred thus receives the first-morning weak rays of sunshine, and by midday, direct sunlight usually has stopped shining. It’s a natural source of heat without being too extreme.

 

When should I water my plant?

These plants like to completely dry out between their watering’s; this is due to the pearls storing water inside them – a little drought never kills any pearls!

They don’t like their roots to be sitting in water, therefore using a well-drained soil will be beneficial for succulent. As well as this, it’s best to plant in a pot with drainage holes using a cacti potting mix. One top tip don’t overwater it – but yes it is that easy!

 

Why pick me?

Where do we even start with this? The first reason why we would choose this is how incredible it looks in hanging pots, but this plant also blooms and a bonus – they are fragrant!

To encourage these tiny white spring flowers cut back on watering and move to the slightly cooler area during winter. Although they do take quite a while to bloom, all the patient is worth it.

Important note that these are toxic to pets and children if consumed and be sure to watch out for fallen beads!

2. Episicia or Flame Violet

Native to the tropical regions of Central and South America, this plant is part of the African violet family Gesneriaceae. Other names for this plant include trailing violet or chocolate soldier plant.

Also known as the carpet plant since it spreads by means of a runner, meaning that it tends to grow horizontally as opposed to upright, like the main stem. It gets its common name from the brightly coloured petals that appear on the plant from June through September, which we think only adds to this beautiful plant.

Top tip – The flame violet is a perennial plant meaning to last for a long time, or continually reoccurring, so it should endure a long life.

Where should I hang my plant?

The flame violet thrives of dry air, making it perfect for either the bathroom, kitchen or if you have a greenhouse/conservatory these would be the ideal rooms. If the humidity in your home is below 40 degrees, your plant will benefit when setting on trays of pebbles with water just below the pot line.

It does enjoy plenty of light but doesn’t like intense rays of the mid-day direct sun – this will result in it losing its leaf colour.  If keeping in your bedroom, bathroom or kitchen hanging it by a window with indirect sunlight would be perfect but try to stay away from drafty windows or heat vents!

If you do place in a south-facing window with direct sunlight, seek to protect your plant from the mid-day rays by filtering through a blind or a curtain. Either way, wherever you place this plant, and even when it is not in bloom, it is truly stunning!

 

When should I water my plant?

Well, after all the information on where you should hang your plant, we will try to keep this short and straightforward, emphasis on try. It’s best to water your flame violet during summer moderately and during the winter even more sparingly; letting the potting compost dry out slightly in between.

It is also best to use room temperature or lukewarm water; this is due to when cold water spills onto the leaves it can cause yellow spots – also another quick one is that your flame violet leaves can become prone to fungus and will spot if they are misted.

Although it seems hard, there are beautiful visual benefits from your hard work!

 

Why pick me?

Not only do the flowers make this plant stand out in comparison, but the leaves themselves are also picturesque to look at, these are heavily textured and marked, with a coppery or silvery colour, these showy leaves grow in a rosette. They can reach 5-8cm (2-3in) long!

 

Other varieties

African violet and Gloxinia, as well as two of the four species of flame violet that are also popular house plants; Espiscia reptans, dianthiflora, lilacina and punctate.

Some good news for all the pet lovers out there, this plant is non-toxic to dogs and cats, although we still would recommend keeping it away from them, so they don’t eat it!

1. Chlorophytum comosum Vittatum or Spider Plant

This white striped leaf plant belonging to the family of the Asparagaceae, is immediately recognisable by its narrow and graceful arching green leaves. This plant grows fairly quickly and looks most decorative when the stems can hang free, making it an ideal hanging plant.

Not only this, these plants produce long flower stalks, with small white flowers at the tip during the spring/summer period when daylight increased. Even though these flowers are short-lived, they are followed by young plantlets – which are younger or smaller plants hanging down from the mother plant that look like spiders on a web deriving its common name.

Top tip – This plant will last for years, and even when neglected, but you will be able to tell when it needs feeding or re-potting when the tips of the leaves turn brown.

To prevent this, give your spider plant a liquid feed once a week from June until September, and re-pot when the roots fill the pot, using a soil-based compost pot (preferably also do this in March or April).

The better you look after your plant, the better it will look.

Where should I hang my plant?

These plants are the most adaptable house plants due to their easy-going nature in a variety of environments. They do not like direct sunlight as it can cause their leaves to burn, which result in brown tips and spots on their leaves.

Try to find a place where it will get some bright to moderate indirect sunlight, east or west-facing window is perfect, where it will benefit from the bright morning sun followed by long shadows and softer light.

The ideal temperature for them is (13-27 C), making them a perfect indoor plant. As well as this, the maximum height for the spider plant is 15-25cm (6-10in), the leaves grow to a length of 30-60cm (12-24in) while flower stems are 45-60cm (18-24in) long, which is why they are the ideal hanging plant as they are free to grow.

We know, sorry this is a whole lot of information, but don’t worry your spider plant is tough!

 

When should I water my plant?

During the summer period water generously and try to aim 2-3 times a week, depending on the temperature. However, it’s best not to let the soil become waterlogged; it can tolerate drought but not over watering.

From October to March, water moderately, to ensure the ground is just moist. Like we mentioned though your spider plant is incredibly tough due to the roots being able to store water, so try not to keep it dry for an unnecessarily long time.

Ideally try to keep the soil even, not too wet not to dry.

 

Why pick me?

The spider plant symbolises caring, mindfulness and health, its small size makes it perfect for apartments. NASA has said that this plant removes 95% of benzene, formaldehyde, carbon monoxide and nitrate from the air.

Where for very little in return it helps keep our lungs clean and fresh; which is why there is no surprise it’s made our top 5.

 

Other varieties

If you want to find out more on this plant, visit our plant directory here, chlorophytum comosum Variegatum is also very similar to this plant, as well as Mandaianum.

Our favourite pots for your hanging plants

It is right plants are calming and soothing for your soul! So, treat yourself and your plants, you both deserve it! We’ve been searching far and wide (ok only amazon) for our favourite pots for your hanging plants and made a comfortable space for you to find the perfect one for you and your plants! Equally, if you want to learn more about pot maintenance and finding the right material for your plants, then click here.

 

Fancy something a bit different? Well, this is perfect; it gives you the option to use your plant pots and adds a boohoo element to highlight your greenery. With the choice of two different designs, it will give your area a minimalist feel, and we are struggling to think of somewhere where these wouldn’t look amazing! Using all-natural materials, what is there not to love! Want to know more about plants then click here.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Ceramic-Flower-Hanging-planter-Outdoor/dp/B01GBCCOPE/ref=sr_1_11?keywords=indoor+hanging+pots&qid=1563487486&s=gateway&sr=8-11

Got more than one plant that you want to hang up, need a great solution? Don’t worry; we have you covered, these pots are perfect for adding colour and something super cute to your space. We think that these would look great by a window or in your conservatory. The added draining hole at the bottom makes it perfect for plants that don’t sit well excess water.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Dangling-Multicolor-Ceramic-Ceiling-Planters/dp/B071G9G6JR/ref=sr_1_102?keywords=indoor+hanging+pots&qid=1563487911&s=gateway&sr=8-102

This pot not only adds to the cool vibe of plants, but no doubt will add a super modern feel to your home! These pots offer simplicity and instagrammable vibe to your space.  Also available in black, and two different sizes we think any succulent plant would look amazing hanging in these.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Lembeauty-Geometric-Container-Decoration-Succulent/dp/B078S6VF7T/ref=sr_1_110?keywords=indoor+hanging+pots&qid=1563487911&s=gateway&sr=8-110

If you’re looking for something a bit more different this 100% natural handcrafted cotton cord and solid pine wood shelf, is strong and durable, healthy and practical and so ideal! Also available in a square shape, these are a great way to display more than one plant. We think these are perfect for any hanging plant.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/lulalula-Hanging-Planters-Macrame-Hanger/dp/B07D78HYTH/ref=sr_1_131?keywords=indoor+hanging+pots&qid=1563487911&s=gateway&sr=8-131

We don’t think you can go wrong with this stunning botanical collection, these leafy green and earthy brown pots can only compliment your hanging plants, throughout all seasons!

Ensuring your home is filled with the natural aesthetic of the outside world.

These modern, simplistic pots can brighten up any space you hang them, where the minimalism makes them stand out more. Made of metal and rope, these durable pots are suitable for standard terra cotta flower pots. There is absolutely nothing we don’t love about these!

These modern hanging plants pots are a great way to show of your plants and give an instant homely more natural look to your space. These pots will ensure to attract attention but not take too much of that away from your plants inside. One last thing we love is popular; these type of pots are becoming.

Alternatives to hanging plants

Now, we all know hanging plants are not and can’t be for everyone, and that’s fine! But if you’re still out of space and want to have plants in your place, then look no further; we’ve still got some ideas for you below:

  • Terrarium – a perfectly unique way to display your plants (Article Coming Soon!)
  • Climbing plants for inside (Article Coming Soon!)
  • Pot plants (Article Coming Soon!)

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