Think you can’t fit a plant in your house? Think again! Hanging plants are the perfect choice for tight space, and they’re booming in popularity right now.
Here’s why we want to see this trend grow:
They Save Space - Small rooms can squeeze in a hanging plant or two. Trailing ivy plants look beautiful on a bookcase, and it’s good to have a bit of greenery to break up sections of books. Meanwhile, a string of pearls looks gorgeous dangling down from a hanging basket in front of a window or a doorway.
They Look Good in Large Spaces, Too - Hanging plants look great in larger spaces as well. If you’ve got a large bare room and you want to make it feel more homely, adding some hanging plants can really help. They help to absorb sound, stopping that cold ‘echo’ that you can get in emptier rooms.
They’re Good for You - Plants in general are good for your mind and soul. Studies have shown that having a plant or two around can combat stress, help you to feel calm and alert, and they can even improve concentration levels. Plus, the act of caring for plants is a screen-free task that can help you to feel more connected to the world around you. This is ideal if you’re living in a city, and you don’t get to see the countryside as often as you’d like.
They Look Good for All Spaces - Some hanging plants require more care than others. Here’s some ideas on the plants you can get for your indoor space:
Full Sun & Partial Sun Options - Some indoor hanging plants can tolerate full sunlight. String of pearls, as we mentioned earlier, is a beautiful, delicate plant that loves the sunlight. There are many plants that thrive in partial sunlight. Ivy and tradescantia trail beautifully, and they require partial sunlight. The spider plant is a classic (and can withstand a little bit of neglect, too), or you could choose a philodendron. It has beautiful rich green leaves with splashes of yellow throughout.
How to Care for Your Hanging Plants
There are a few things you need to do to care for your hanging plants.
- Ensure that the spot you choose is sturdy. If you’re hanging plants using a hook, make sure it can cope with the weight of the pot as well as the plant itself. If you’re going for a bookcase or shelf, make sure that it’s sturdy enough to handle a heavy weight.
- Choose your pot carefully. You’ll need an inner pot with holes. This is because during the watering process, the water has to run all the way through to drain properly. If you allow your plants to sit in water, they could rot.
- Think about heat. Hot air rises, so if you’ve got plants way up high, they may need watering more often.
- Choose your plant carefully. Plants love the right amount of sunlight for their particular type, and they’ll quickly wilt if you place them in the wrong spot.