We have a thing for house plants, and we aren’t the only ones. It’s easy to see why they’re such a popular choice — They never go out of style, and from their decorative benefits to their brain-boosting properties, you can’t go wrong with a house plant-filled home. One of the most artful and practical ways to display your house plants is to hang them. Drawing the eye upward, they can add height to even a small space, while providing a pop of color and natural element to your apartment. While this is easier said than done, it’s not too difficult once you know some basic information, and that’s what we’ll be covering in this post. Whether you’re new to the houseplant game or are a proud seasoned planter, these tips can help set you up for plant-hanging success. Check out these plant hanging tips for your own apartment below.
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 making a plant choice, you’ll need to consider the pot your plant will inhabit. The size, shape and material will depend on the plant it will house. The vessel will also influence what type of hanger you can choose to set it in. 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 longlasting.
Choose A Hanger
The next step to successful plant hanging is to choose the perfect plant hanger.
When it comes to vessels for plant hanging, you have a lot of options. Plant hangers range in style, material and price, and certain types work better with different kinds of plants. You’ll 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 all the rage right now, and it’s easy to see why. They’re sturdy, readily accessible and they look darn good in pretty much any room. Macrame 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” or . Check out DIY house plant shelf you can make on your own.
Potted plants are heavy, so hanging them does come with some risks. However, 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.