Hanging plants are an excellent way to give your home a garden space that has some height. Trailing plants will add even more to your display, especially if you lack space to have a lot of houseplants.
Of course, you can always place these plants on tables or shelves in your home, but hanging the plant provides more options that will brighten up the space and help give it more of a jungle-like feel.
The right plants can add dimension and atmosphere in a way that furniture and accents can’t.
Unsure where to start? Let’s explore 14 great hanging plants for your home.
The English Ivy plant has long vines that can make a beautiful wall display if planted in a hanging basket. The leaves also look great dangling from the hanging basket if you trim them, which creates a flawless look for a dining space. When mature, the plant is about 7 or 8 inches high, but the vines can grow 15 feet long. It does well in partial sun and rich, well-drained soil. The English Ivy grows best in zones four to eight.
The Boston Fern is a plant that does well in indirect sunlight, but it needs to have a humid atmosphere to grow in your home. For this reason, this is an ideal plant to hang in a bathroom. If the humidity is too low, misting the leaves should suffice. When mature, the plant should be about 2 or 3 feet tall. It also prefers to grow in moist soil that has a good amount of drainage. Since this plant purifies the air, it is ideal for a bedroom.
Spider Plants are durable little plants that do not take much effort to grow. They have green leaves with white stripes, and they can adapt to most growing conditions. It is perfect for a hanging basket because the new growths hang from the plant in a spider-like fashion, which will dangle under the basket. The plant does best in well-drained soil and indirect sunlight.
The Prayer Plant has flat leaves during the day, but at night the leaves curl up like they are hands praying at night. The leaves are about 6 inches in length, and when the plant blooms in the spring, big white flowers will appear. They do best with indirect sunlight and slightly acidic soil that drains well. During the growing season, the plant will need to be watered frequently.
Bird’s Nest Fern
The Bird’s Nest Fern grows on other plants in nature, so they have a bit of a unique shape. The plant they latch onto will determine the amount of light it gets, so if you want a particular look, change the lighting. The fronds resemble banana leaves because they can most often be found in the tropics on coconut trees. However, too much light can cause the leaves to turn yellow. The plant needs a lot of humidity to grow, so hanging it in the bathroom may be ideal. Indoors, the fern can grow to be about 2 feet.
A Christmas Cactus is an excellent option for an indoor hanging plant because it has pink and purple blooms. However, it needs about 14 hours of darkness at night to bloom, so keep that in mind when hanging it. The flowers will appear right before the holidays begin. Keep the temperature at about 65 degrees, and make sure there is some humidity in the air. It does well in partial sun and soil that drains well.
The Chenille Plant is a bright plant that will look great in a dining room. It can grow to be 6 feet indoors, but outside, it can grow to 15 feet. It has red flowers that dangle with the leaves. These flowers are fuzzy and clustered together, so the color pops in a room. It prefers sandy, well-drained soil, full sun, and temperatures that stay above 60 degrees.
The Burro’s Tail or the Donkey’s Tail is a succulent that has thick stems and cascading leaves that look great in a hanging basket. The leaves are delicate and can fall with a simple touch, so hanging the plant is best. The plant can tolerate heat and drought conditions. To make sure that it’s not overwatered, limit watering to once a month. It also does well in indirect sunlight.
The Maidenhair Fern is another great option for a hanging basket. Its light green ferns are feathery, and it’s easy to care for, especially indoors. It can grow in direct or indirect sunlight, so most locations will be fine. It needs moist, well-draining soil that is slightly acidic, and it needs a good bit of humidity to thrive. It can grow indoors in hardiness zones three to 11.
The leave of this ivy plant resembles grapevines. It’s easy to grow; it does not need much water, and it does best in indirect light. Grape Ivy should be planted on a pebble bed to give the plant added humidity as it grows. If humidity levels are too low, mist the leaves of the plant. The vines on this plant can grow to 10 feet long, but it’s often shorter when grown indoors.
Arrowhead Plant (Syngonium podophyllum)
The leaves of this plant have the unique shape of an arrowhead, hence the name. This is ideal for a hanging basket because if the vine is not trimmed, it will grow to be very long. It cannot handle direct sunlight, so it will do well in a bedroom or a similar room in your home. It requires average water to grow, and it prefers high humidity.
The Peperomia is a plant with broad, fleshy leaves that retain moisture so that they don’t need to be watered a lot. It also only requires a medium amount of sunlight, so a room with low light will work well for a hanging plant. It is drought-tolerant and can grow to have a trail that is up to 3 feet long. When it comes to soil, it needs to be well-drained with a slight acidity.
String of Nickels (Dischidia nummularia)
This is a plant that gets its name from its appearance. The leaves are shaped like small coins dangling from a rope. In fact, some varieties have leaves that have a silver tint. This plant prefers to grow with filtered light, so it will grow in the majority of your home. It only needs an average amount of water, so allow the soil to dry before watering it. Soil should be well-drained and somewhat alkaline.
String of Pearls
The String of Pearls is a plant with a unique look that is quite stunning in a hanging basket. In fact, a hanging basket will keep the toxic plant away from pets and small children. It is a succulent, and the leaves are pearl-like balls that grow on a stem that can be up to 2 feet in length. It will grow best in indirect sunlight because the balls can burn with too much sun. Don’t keep it in a place where there is a draft, or the leaves will drop. It is also very sensitive to overwatering, so make sure the soil can drain well.