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When all your window sills are filled with plants, when your indoor garden is all over your floors and tabletops, you should look up. Hanging plants are your green space savers.
Plants that hang are the perfect choice for smaller apartments as well. They maximize your space by being elevated in the air.
These are the best low maintenance indoor hanging plants and perfect for beginner plant parents.
Now go and get your hanging baskets ready!
Indoor hanging plants are a simple way to keep small children and pets out of your plants.
Easy to Care for Hanging Plants
Many common indoor trailing plants are well-suited for hanging. But some need more care than others.
For instance, a large Boston Fern looks amazing hanging from the ceiling, but it needs your care and attention, and lots of humidity.
Luckily, there are other plants that are easier to care for and also look great in a hanging planter.
This is the list of my favorite low maintenance hanging plants.
- Spider plant (Chlorophytum comosum)
- String of Hearts (Ceropegia woodii)
- English Ivy (Hedera helix)
- Swiss Cheese Vine (Monstera adansonii)
- Fishbone Cactus (Epiphyllum anguliger)
- Pothos (Epipremnum aureum)
- String of Pearls (Senecio rowleyanus)
You can find details of all these plants further down in this post.
Where to Hang Indoor Plants
The first thing is to think about the amount of light your plant needs. Some plants like to be in full sun near a window, others prefer some shade. Knowing this will guide you to where your plant wants to be placed.
Also, consider how much space your hanging plant needs. Some plants trail straight down, others grow more sideways and then hang down. Plants that grow long need to be hung higher.
My String of Hearts plant is over five feet long and growing. We have high ceilings and windows so there is enough space to hang the planter up high and let the plant grow.
Read More: All you need to know about how and when to water your indoor plants.
Make your own beaded macrame plant hanger for your hanging plant. It’s quick and easy!
The Safe Way to Hang Plants
Realize that hanging baskets filled with plants and wet soil can be very heavy.
You don’t want to hang your plant and have it fall out of the ceiling or off the wall.
To prevent this from happening, you want to drill where there is a wall stud or ceiling joist. Combine that with the right hardware to be sure your wall or ceiling can hold the weight of your plant.
If you hang your plant from the wall, use a swivel bracket to move it in and out of the sun as needed.
Keep in mind that you might have to take down your plant to water it, so don’t hang it too high so that you can’t easily reach it.
Don’t have a drill or are you a renter so no drilling allowed?
Hanging plants don’t always need to be hung. You can put your hanging plant on a shelf or plant stand and let it trail down.
Another way to display your hanging plants is to hang them on the side hooks of a standing coat rack.
How to Water Hanging Plants
Hanging plants usually need to be watered a little more often than plants in a lower location. This is because the air up higher is warmer and drier than below.
Plenty of hanging plants are potted up in planter pots without drainage. This is usually done to prevent water from leaking after watering. I completely understand that logic. But your plants’ roots need drainage to be able to dry out and not drown in wet soil.
There are hanging planters with drainage and drip trays to catch excess water. You can use a long-neck watering can and such a tray helps, but you still have to watch out that it doesn’t overflow. Water may still end up on your beautiful carpet.
For these reasons, my advice is to take your plant down to water it. Let it drain in the sink before putting it back. Use a step-ladder to reach it if needed.
If you do put your hanging plant in a decorative planter without drainage, use it as a cachepot. Have your plant inside a plastic nursery pot with drainage and place that inside the cachepot.
Hang a group of plants in front of your window. Great light for your plants, all natural privacy screen for you.
Use a sheer curtain to protect them from too much direct sun or make your own window sun diffusers.
Types of Indoor Hanging Plants
My experience is that you don’t want your hanging plants to be too fussy because well, they are hanging and are harder to reach and easier to accidentally forget about.
Make your life easier and choose one of these low maintenance hanging plants.
Spider Plant – Chlorophytum comosum
The Spider Plant is such a classic. In the past, they used to be in almost every home. I love that they have made such a comeback in recent days.
And for good reasons. Spider plants are super easy to care for, they are fast growers, and grow little spider plant babies that you can propagate into full new plants.
The Spider Plant prefers bright indirect light but can handle a little shade.
Give it plenty of space to grow out sideways.
String of Hearts – Ceropegia woodii
Another easy to grow hanging plant is the String of Hearts. Named after the heart-shaped leaves on long slender stems.
It grows curiously-shaped pink tubular flowers that function as clever fly traps. Small flies will be lured by the scent of the flower and get into the purple tops only to be trapped inside. The plant releases the fly after it has been covered in the plants’ pollen so it can go and pollinate.
String of Hearts plants grow long and slender trailing vines, so give yours plenty of vertical space to grow.
Find a spot for it with lots of bright light.
English Ivy – Hedera helix
English Ivy is such an easy and fast growing plant, that it’s considered invasive in some countries. This plant can be planted outdoors as a ground cover but it also looks stunning indoors in a hanging planter.
The vines grow long and hang down. They will and trail and climb if they find something to hold onto.
Hang your English Ivy plant where it has plenty of space to grow down and out.
English Ivy does well both in bright indirect light, as well as in low light situations.
Swiss Cheese Vine – Monstera adansonii
The Swiss Cheese Vine or Monstera adansonii is a smaller relative of the Monstera deliciosa and quite often mislabelled as Monstera obliqua, which is a much rarer family member.
The split leaves of the Monstera adansonii can trail up a trellis or cascade down from a plant hanger.
Hang your Monstera adansonii somewhere where it gets indirect light. It doesn’t like to be in full sun all day.
This plant is a little more sensitive to watering, so be careful not to overwater. It likes the humidity high.
Fishbone Cactus – Epiphyllum anguliger
The Fishbone cactus is a funny kind of cactus. Its native habitat is a humid rainforest, not a dry desert, like most cacti.
It can get by with a bit of neglect. The way it stores water like a succulent makes that you can occasionally forget to water it, and it will be fine.
The fishbone shaped stem leaves start out by growing upright, but as they grow they will start to cascade down. New stems will grow out from older stems and trail down.
Hang your fishbone cactus somewhere in bright indirect light. It can handle a bit of direct sun but not too much. The fishbone cactus also likes more water than your average cactus.
A small fishbone cactus can be placed on a plant stand with enough space around for the stems. When it matures, and new stems grow on older stems, it can get so large that hanging is the best option to give it the space it needs.
Satin Pothos – Scindapsus pictus
The Pothos is one of my favorites because it doesn’t need a lot of special attention, and it looks gorgeous trailing down.
Get a Golden Pothos (Epipremnum aureum) or a Satin Pothos (Scindapsus Pictus) with pretty variegated green and silver leaves.
Pothos plants often get mixed up with the Philodendron. They do look alike. Just feel the leaves and remember that the leaves of a pothos are larger and thicker, while the philodendron has thinner and smoother leaves. They do share similar care requirements.
There’s a great post on the Stamen and Stem blog on the differences between Photos and Philodendron plants.
The Pothos can grow in almost anywhere. You can put it somewhere with low light, but it will grow faster if you place it where it gets more light.
Hang your Pothos somewhere higher up, its vines can grow long and quick.
String of Pearls – Senecio rowleyanus
Last but not least, the easy-care String of Pearls plant. This unusual plant is a hanging succulent with lots of small pearls growing on long trailing stems.
The pearls store water so you can forget to water it sometimes. However, when the pearls start to shrivel, please water!
Hang your String of Pearls where it has enough room to trail down, preferably in a sunny spot. It likes a few hours of direct morning sun, followed by bright, indirect light for the rest of the day.
One more thing, all of these plants are incredibly easy to propagate in water. When your plants grow bigger and it’s time to prune, don’t throw away those cuttings. Propagate them and make more plants!