The windowsill is already overflowing with plants, and there’s no more room on the floor for anything more.
Hanging plants, on the other hand, are a great way to bring some greenery into your house.
They create a jungle-like atmosphere in your home, making it feel instantly cozier.
That’s why I’m placing hanging plants in the spotlight in my blog!
Hanging plants and Sunlight
Hanging plants come in a variety of shapes and sizes.
Some grow rapidly and become enormous, while others are delicate and remain little.
Hanging plants for full sun and hanging plants for shaded areas are available.
There are numerous options for greening up your stark corners.
When selecting a hanging plant, the first thing to consider is the amount of light in the area where it will be hung.
There is a lovely hanging plant for every light category.
It’s important to remember that high up on the ceiling, there’s frequently less light than on the ground.
That’s because, unless you have a skylight, most sunlight enters our home at an angle.
Cacti and succulents can be grown as hanging plants.
Consider the rattail cactus, Curio rowleyanus (string of pearls), or Ceropegia woodii (chain of hearts). These prefer a location in direct sunlight.
Mistletoe cactus, the Fishbone Cactus or Zig Zag Cactus, and Lepismium are some plants that can tolerate a lot of light yet also thrive in indirect light. These are tropical cactus species that grow between the branches of trees in the wild.
Remember that high up on the ceiling, there’s frequently less light than on the ground!
Hanging plants that work well in oblique light include Epipremnum, Scindapsus, Vader plant, and various types of Ornamental Asparagus.
Do you have a shaded area in mind for a hanging plant? Then find a Fern that will look good hanging over the container.
Not every plant you put in a hanging pot has to be a hanging plant. You can achieve a nice effect if you give a standing plant a hanging pot. Think, for example, of a plant that grows very wide.On the ground it might take up too much space, but above your head those broad leaves look beautiful.
You can also make a nice change by hanging three plants together, two of them growing downwards and the third upwards. With some hanging plants you can also guide a number of stems upwards along the strings. The (devil’s ivy) is good for this. This makes it look even greener.
What is the best way to hang a hanging plant?
Hanging a plant takes a little more effort than putting a pot on the cabinet. But you only have to take action once. First consider where you want to hang your plant. Do you have a nice plant pot with strings attached, then you can use that. But you can also put a normal pot in a macramé hanger.
It is wise to regularly take your plant off the hook, so you can better check the soil.
Do you find it difficult to find a good pot? Be creative: you can also turn an iron bowl into a hanging pot by drilling holes and attaching strings. A large ceramic pot quickly becomes very heavy, a light bowl ensures that there is no enormous weight hanging from the ceiling. Macramé hangers can be bought ready-made but you can also tie them yourself.
Now think about how you want to hang your plant. Do you want to make a hook in the ceiling, hang it from the curtain rail or do you have nice wooden beams that can be wrapped around a rope? Anything is possible, even up to stringing cables on which you can hang several plants. The best way to attach a hook differs from ceiling to ceiling. Sometimes you can screw it in directly, but usually you have to pre-drill a hole and use a plug, so that the hook stays in place. A hardware store will be able to advise you on what is possible for your ceiling.
Do you want to have extra time to fill your home with hanging plants? Then read our Top 10 easy indoor plants!
Like any plant, your hanging plant needs plenty of water. When hanging your plants, make sure that your plant remains easily accessible. If your plant is hanging too high and you have to use the stairs to water it every time, you might be tempted to skip watering it. My plants are hanging so that I can reach them with a small stool.
Because you often can’t see into the pot and feel the soil, you have to be more careful that your plant doesn’t get too much or too little water. Therefore it is wise to regularly take your plant off the hook, so you can better check the soil. Too much water will stay at the bottom of the pot and of course you want to avoid that.
Hanging Plants care
Your hanging plants are cared for just like your other plants. Regular watering, plant nutrition during the growing season and occasionally dusting if there is a layer of dust on the leaves. When your plant is growing nicely, it can happen that it gets too long and that your head is suddenly between the leaves. If your plant really gets too long, you can cut the strands shorter. Your plant will sprout again and the cuttings you have cut away can be used to make the plant fuller, if they are well rooted.
Don’t feel like cutting into your plant? Then you can also lead the long strands up over the pot, this way your plant doesn’t hang so low anymore and it also looks fuller.
Hang in there! 😉
Hanging plants are perfect for adding some green to your home and creating a jungle feeling. Make sure they get enough light and that you don’t forget to water them. And before you know it, you’ll be sitting with your head between the greenery – and that’s what we don’t mind right? haha.