Plants are great. They give life to an empty room, colour to a grey environment and have many benefits for mental health
The only downside to plants? They take up. So. Much. Space. If like me, you've run out of space on the side, hanging your houseplants might be the only option.
Where should I hang indoor plants?
Just because you are hanging plants doesn’t mean you can disregard their light and watering needs. Be careful not to put shade-loving plants in bright sunlight and vice versa.
Also, consider how you are going to water your trailing plants. You will need to have clear and easy access for watering and general maintenance purposes. Believe my little dried-up English Ivy
that this is a must.
If you don’t want to be constantly taking them down, you can use decorative pots without drain holes. But be careful not to overwater, as most plants don’t like sitting in water and will get root rot.
Which Are The Best Hanging Plants?
Everybody has their preferences when it comes to trailing houseplants. However, I prefer indoor plants which have rich foliage and help create an indoor jungle feeling. That’s why I have been buying different varieties of pothos and experimenting with English Ivy indoors (the latter with not much luck).
Some people are happy to hang plants that don’t trail at all, such as Bird’s Nest Fern
or putting small Air Plants in class vases or pots and hanging them.
As a fan of trailing plants, this list focuses more on them, but really there's no limit to plants that can go in a hanging pot!
Pothos is a large genus of plants with many different varieties. Epipremnum aureum aka Devil’s Ivy is one of the most common and makes for easy care trailing plants. Epipremnum aureum ‘Njoy’ has a fascinating colour variation on its leaves and is equally easy to grow.
Look out also for Epipremnum aureum marble queen
and Epipremnum marble planet
for other wonderful variations. All of these plants can dry out halfway down the soil in between watering.
2. Satin Pothos
Also known as Satin Pothos, this plant has beautiful green and silver foliage and is confusingly not part of the Pothos genus. They are marvellous trailers and can grow up to 3metres.
They thrive in bright conditions but will still grow with lower light. They also prefer to be left on the drier side, which means letting the soil dry out in between watering.
3. Heartleaf Philodendron
This common hanging houseplant confusingly shares its common name with P. cordatum, although they come from very different parts of the world.
It also used to be known as Philodendron scandens, although this name is no longer commonly used.
These are fast growers, so have a spot in mind that this will grow into. Philodendron hederaceum brasil
is a nice variety that has exotic colouring on the leaves, which make for a dramatic statement plant.
They are easy to care for, needing bright indirect light and watering when they are relatively dry.
4. English Ivy
As much as I struggle with English Ivy, I understand the nation’s obsession with this evergreen plant. It provides excellent groundcover, outside and in and is perfect to have around during the festive period.
As with most houseplants, the trick with English Ivy is not to over or underwater. If you can get the balance right, it will likely be happy in most spots in the house.
5. Prayer Plant
Maranta is a genus of 37 species with striking leaves that curls up at night, hence the common name. Great to watch as a timelapse.
is the most popular, and will do best in partial, indirect sunlight and well draining soil.
Good care may reward you with delicate white and purple flowers, which don't last long but are lovely to see!
6. Round Leaf Peperomia
A succulent with a wonderful trailing habit, Peperomia rotundifola is an epiphyte (living on other plants) native to North and South America. It can be found crawling through rock crevices and forest floors.
They prefer high humidity (the one pictured above is in a bathroom) and are also fairly sensitive to overwatering.
This indoor hanging plant also likes being fairly pot-bound, so make sure it's never over potted.
7. String of Hearts
A trendy trailing plant because of its delicate heart-shaped leaves.
You will find these in a couple of different colour and size varieties, all of them equally as lovely.
A super tolerant plant to lots of light and very minimal watering - they store water in their leaves, similar to succulents.
Let the soil dry out almost completely in between watering and place in a sunny spot.
8. String of Pearls
The spherical trailing pea-shaped leaves on this plant give rise to its common name, although I do think that 'String of Peas' has a better ring to it.
It is adapted to arid environments, so it stores water in the fleshy leaves for droughts. It can grow fairly rapidly (up to 2-3 ft), although it has small roots, so you won't have to repot plants too frequently.
This succulent prefers more water than others and is better placed in partial shade than full direct sunlight.
9. Burro's Tail
Native to Honduras and southern Mexico, Burro's (donkey in Spanish) tail is another hanging plant named after what it resembles. And this one does it full justice.
As well as being a popular indoor hanging plat, it can also grow outside in good light. It can reach up to 60cm in full sun with regular watering.
This plant loves the sun, so make sure it hangs near a south-facing window or another sunny spot.
10. Forest Cactus
Pfeiffera boliviana are epiphytic cacti with long, green ridged branches that can grow up to a foot in length.
Surprisingly, they are tolerant to lower light conditions and aren't huge fans of direct sunlight. This is a reminder not to get your jungle cacti and desert cacti mixed up!
They often come in smaller sizes as houseplants but can grow large, making them striking additions to any hanging houseplant collection.
In winter, you can let the top 2cm of soil dry out, but in the summer, make sure the top of the soil stays slightly damp.
11. Mistletoe Cactus
Perhaps one of the funkiest houseplants around, both to look at and touch, Rhipsalis species do look a bit uncannily like mistletoe from a distance if you squint a bit.
This is another epiphytic cactus native to Central America and the Caribbean that does not require direct sunlight.
It will thrive in bright indirect light with a little bit of morning sun and will want to be watered when the top half of the soil feels dry.
If looked after correctly, it can produce beautiful cream-white to pink flowers that give way to red fruits.
12. Fishbone Cactus
Disocactus anguliger 's interesting leaf structure lends itself to its name of the fishbone cactus.
It has long woody stems with flattened, smooth and succulent leaves that are deeply lobed leaves and can reach 20-30cm long.
Lobes are rounded to rectangular, and plants can produce 6-20cm long, yellow or white, nocturnal and sweetly scented blooms.
Originating from Mexico, these are low maintenance hanging plants that grow quickly and want lots of light.
Keep well-watered during the spring and summer but allow to almost dry out during the winter months.
13. Lipstick Plant
Aeschynanthus is a genus that contains over 200 species of climbing evergreen plants. They can differ quite a bit in leaf form but are known for their striking red flowers, which resemble, you guessed it, tubes of lipstick.
These flowers are pollinated by sunbirds in the wild, attracted by the colour. Common houseplant varieties include A. pulcher
and A. longicaulis
Lipstick plants need plenty of bright light but don't enjoy the direct sun. You should try to water them frequently in the summer but sparingly in winter.
Perfect for hanging pots and baskets, Aporocactus
is a genus that only contains two species. The most commonly cultivated as a hanging houseplant is A. flageliformis, the Rat-Tailed Cactus.
. You must get how the names work by now.
A spikier trailing plant that requires careful handling, these have beautiful flowers in spring and summer but only last for a couple of days.
Ensure they are well watered when in bloom, and let them dry out halfway down the soil the rest of the year.
15. Staghorn Fern
It looks like a stag's horn! The magnificent 18 species that make up this genus grow on trees and rocks in tropical and temperate areas across the southern hemisphere.
Fronds (large, divided leaves) are either branched if fertile or round if sterile. They don't produce flowers but rather spores on the underside of the leaves.
is the most commonly cultivated species and can grow up to a metre across.
They like bright, indirect sunlight and need good drainage. They love humid environments, so you should mist them regularly and be careful not to remove the brown round leaves at the base of the plant, as these are essential.