Hanging house plants is one of the most artful and practical ways to keep them in your home. By drawing the eye upward, hanging plants give the illusion of height to small spaces while providing a natural element to your apartment’s aesthetic. These plant hanging tips will help you do it right.
Choose a Plant
First, you’ll need to pick out the plants you want to have in your apartment. Some plants hang better than others. Here are a few plant suggestions that are known to hang well:
- Air plant (No soil required!)
- Boston Fern
- Golden Pothos
- Chenille Plant
- English Ivy
- Pitcher Plant
- Spider Plant
Choose a Vessel
After choosing your plant, you’ll have to pick a pot to plant it. The size, shape, and material of your pot will depend on your plant. For example, a large clay pot won’t hang properly without adequate support, so you’ll need to choose a strong hanging material. On the other hand, a lighter air plant will do fine on a hanger made from fabric or thin rope. In addition to standard clay pots, you can also place your hanging plants in a glass terrarium. Plastic pots are another option, but they aren’t the best choice if you’re looking for something sturdy and long-lasting. Don’t be afraid to try out a few different options before making a final decision.
Choose a Hanger
The next step is to choose the perfect plant hanger. You’ve got lots of options here. Plant hangers range in style, material, and price, and certain types work better with different plants. You’ll also want your hangers to reflect your personal style. In general, it’s a good idea to choose a hanger that can hold plants of various sizes. That way, you won’t have to change the hangers as your plants grow.
Here are some of our suggestions:
Macrame: Macrame plant hangers are sturdy, easy to find, and they look good in any spot. These plant hangers come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. You’ll find them for sale in many home goods stores as well as online. Or, if you’re feeling bold you can make your own.
Leather hangers: Plant hangers also come in leather, which may be a better option if you’re hanging a larger or heavier plant. With leather, you won’t have to worry about a falling pot!
Hanging basket: Baskets are most often found outside, but they’ll work just as well in an indoor garden. For indoor house plants, we recommend a finished ceramic basket.
Plant shelves: Plant shelves are another hanging option, along with plant “pods.” Check out DIY house plant shelf you can make on your own.
Potted plants are heavy, so hanging them does come with some risks. You can avoid falls by being mindful of your watering practices. A potted plant is inevitably going to become even heavier when you add water, so make sure your hanger is strong and stable enough to support your plant. To be on the safe side, take the plant down from its hanger while watering it. You can also avoid water damage by doubling up on your pots. Another option is to attach a tray to the bottom of your potted plant to collect water.