One of the most artful and practical ways to display your house plants is to hang them in your home. By drawing the eye upward, they can add an illusion of height to small spaces while providing a natural element to your apartment’s aesthetic. While hanging plants is easier said than done, it’s not too difficult once you know some basic information. These plant hanging tips will help you do it right.
Choose A Plant
First, you’ll need to pick out what plants you want to have in your home. 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 you choose your plant, you’ll have to pick a pot. The size, shape and material of your pot will depend on the plant it will house and the way you choose to hang it. For example, a large clay pot won’t hang properly without adequate support, so you’ll need to choose a sturdy hanger.
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 to successful plant hanging is to choose the perfect plant hanger. You’ve got a lot of options: Plant hangers range in style, material and price, and certain types work better with different kinds of plants. You’ll also want your hangers to reflect your own personal style. In general, it’s a good idea to choose a hanger that can hold a range of different sized plants. That way, you won’t have to change the hanger as your plant grows larger.
Because there’s such a large range of options and the popularity of house plants, you shouldn’t have any trouble finding a hanger that fits both your style and budget. Here are some of our favorite suggestions:
Macrame: Macrame plant hangers are sturdy, readily accessible and they look in any spot. These plant hangers come in all shapes, sizes and colors. You can find them for sale in many home goods stores as well as online. Etsy has a large variety of handcrafted options. Or, if you’re feeling bold you can make your own.
Leather hangers: Plant hangers also come in other materials, like leather. These can 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 or plant. Check out this sturdy option from Amazon, which can accommodate your plant as it grows in size.
Hanging Basket: These are most often found outside, but work just as well in an indoor garden as they do on a front porch. 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 accidental falls by being mindful of your watering practices. A potted plant is inevitably going to become even heavier when you add water. Make sure your hanger is strong and stable enough to support your plant. To be on the safe side, you can take down the plant from its hanger while watering it. You can also avoid water damage by doubling up on your pots so that the water drains into the outside pot instead of onto your floor or couch. Another option is to attach a tray to the bottom of your potted plant to collect water.
Looking for more house plant help? Check out these posts below:
Schedule a virtual or in-person apartment tour with PPM today to find your next Chicago apartment! PPM offers pet-friendly apartments with zero pet fees in the best Chicago properties.