Worried hanging plants will be too much work? You're in luck! We've got seven beautiful plants, ranging from the weird to the traditional, that are easy to care for and will look beautiful in your home, office, or apartment. Plus, discover brilliant ideas for remembering to water your new fern or ivy!
Top 7 Hanging Plants for Your Home
Hanging plants are beautiful ways to freshen your indoor space and add life and vitality to your decor. Even if outside is cold and wintery, inside your home can be a green escape!
Many people are intimidated by hanging plants and worry they’ll be too much work, but today we’re sharing seven hanging plants that are easy to grow and beautiful. Plus, keep reading for tips and tricks for caring for your hanging plants.
1. Baby’s Tears
Baby’s tears (its grown-up name is Helxine soleirolii) is known for its tiny, delicate leaves and it ability to grow very low. It’s a popular choice for terrariums but if you opt to try to use it in a fairy garden (its a popular choice for those, too), be careful, since it will spread quickly!
Because of this low-hanging skill, it’s one of the more stunning hanging plants, since its leaves will trail beautifully out of whatever you plant it in.
To help it grow its best, your home should already be fairly humid, and it does need some daily sun.
2. Boston Fern
You’ve likely seen a Boston fern inside and outside--it’s a beautiful plant, and it does well in both places, but it especially thrives as a hanging fern. Its Latin name is Nephrolepis exaltata, and it’s fairly easy to take care of, though you’ll need to make sure you give it room to grow as it can get quite large.
Boston ferns thrive in cool, humid environments (most ferns do) with indirect light. This means you shouldn’t place it on a windowsill that faces east or west, and if your living room isn’t humid enough, you might try your bathroom (if it has a window). If you’re still short on humidity, you can mist your fern with water once or twice a week or set it on a tray of pebbles in water.
You should also make sure that your Boston fern’s soil stays damp. This is a plant you should check daily.
3. Spider Plant
If traditional is not your decor style of choice, you’ll love the spider plant! The Chlorophytum comosum makes a fun, funky hanging basket and looks, well, like a green spider. It’s smaller than the Boston fern, and if you thought the fern was too fussy, you’re going to love how easy the spider plant is to care for.
Simply water it once or twice a week, and make sure it gets some good sunlight. It’s so easy that people like to refer to it as the goldfish of the plant world--easy to care for and difficult to kill. In fact, perfect for a first-time hanging plant owner!
Pothos is a no-brainer on our list of great hanging plants. Its scientific name is Epipremnum aureum (though it’s also called Devil’s ivy) and this happy green plant could not be more difficult to kill! If you’re afraid you have a black thumb, this is the plant that will finally break your streak.
One of the reasons pothos is so popular is that it can be grown easily from cuttings. If you have a friend with pothos, simply ask for a cutting, and you’ll be able to cultivate a whole new plant for free.
Pothos can handle most light situations (though it’s not a big fan of direct sun) and will especially thrive in low-light situations, like offices and rooms without windows. Just give it a watering when it starts to look a little wilted and enjoy its classic ivy loops and curls.
4. Bridal Veil Plant
Bridal veil plants are beautiful and unique. If you want something different from the usual bright green ivy or fern, this is a great choice, especially since it’s so easy to care for. It has dark purple and green foliage that is peppered periodically with white flowers that look something like pearls.
You can also find it by searching for its Latin name (Gibasis geniculata). Sometimes it will even go outdoors (it can’t handle direct sun, however), though you’ll need to bring it indoors when summer’s over. Either way, be careful not to water it until the soil is dry to the touch; otherwise, you’ll drown it.
5. English Ivy
Ivies are the obvious choices for hanging plants thanks to their hanging vines; they’re just lovely, no matter what height they’re hanging! Hedera helix, commonly known as English ivy, is that beautiful dark green plant with small, sharp leaves that is synonymous with red brick courtyards and white gabled homes.
If you plant it outside, your home will quickly be overrun, but that’s what makes it such a great houseplant; it grows easily without too much fuss! Unlike other ferns, this one doesn’t want its soil to be kept damp. Instead, water it when the soil is completely dry and make sure it gets lots of sunlight.
English ivy looks beautiful when paired with dark wood, so if your home is traditional, this is an optimal choice for you.
6. Burro’s Tail
The scientific name for Burro’s tail (also known as donkey’s tail) is delightful: Sedum burrito. Not to be confused, however, with a delicious bean-filled tortilla, the burro’s tail is just weird and wild enough to earn a spot on our list of great hanging plants.
This plant is native to Honduras and southern Mexico, and it brings the same carefree, exotic style to your living room.
Unlike several of the plants we’ve already shared, the burro’s tail thrives when the air is hot and dry--great if you live in the desert or if you run the heater year-round. As you might imagine, it doesn’t like lots of water. In fact, you’re better off under watering it than overwatering it. It will need lots of sunshine, however, so give it a spot near an east or west-facing window.
7. Arrowhead Plant
A more classic choice for our list of optimal hanging plants, the arrowhead plant (Syngonium podophyllum) is also known as American evergreen, five fingers, nephthytis, and arrowhead vine. It makes a great filler plant, so it’s often used with other plants to add a trailing element to a hanging basket.
Alone or with other plants, its heart-shaped, textured leaves are lovely. Since it appreciates humidity, keep it in the bathroom (out of direct sunlight) and give it a good mist every day.
Benefits of Hanging Plants
Plants aren’t just beautiful additions to your decor; they can also increase your overall health.
Green plants indoors can help increase humidity levels (a huge help if you live in dry climates or are running the heater a lot), reduce levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, and help purify the air in your home be removing pollutants like nitrogen dioxide and benzene. They even help keep your home cool in the summer, reducing your electricity bill!
Another benefit comes from adding height and visual interest in un-decorated places. Your shelves and coffee tables might not need a plant, but hanging plants from the ceiling or high places draws the eye up, making your space look bigger and more like a custom-designed home than otherwise.
How to Choose the Right Plant Hanger
Here’s a secret, technically, any plant can be a hanging plant! The difference between a hanging plant and a non-hanging plant is simply the planter. What kind of planter should you choose? That’s up to you and your style!
You’ll want to choose a planter that works with your place; if you already have hooks, for example, you won’t need a planter that comes with a hook. However, if you don’t want to add hooks to your ceiling or wall, you can also invest in a plant stand or even get creative and use a coat rack.
Tips for Living With Plants
One thing you should be careful about when you’re adding plants to your home is dogs and children. Not only can they damage plants, but plants can damage them; some plants are poisonous to dogs or children (or both!). In fact, that’s another reason hanging plants are so beneficial, as hanging means they’re less likely to be within reach of dogs or little ones.
Remembering to Water
If you find you have trouble remembering to water your plants regularly, here’s an easy tip: set the alarm on your phone. Another suggestion is to tie watering your plants to another routine you perform every week. For example, if your snake plant needs to be watered weekly, do it on Sunday mornings when you’re getting ready for your weekly brunch date with friends.
If you’ve read this far, we can officially certify you as an expert; it’s time to get out there and add some new hanging plants to your collection!