Updated: Sep 17, 2020
Hanging houseplants can add a lot of personality to your space while saving floor space. But what kinds of hanging houseplants are out there? And what options do you have for hanging your plants? In this week's blog post we are going to give you some hints and tips about introducing hanging plants to your home or office!
Succulent Hanging Plants
Succulents as hanging plants are a fantastic option because they are perfect for inconvenient or hard to reach spots because they do not require frequent watering. They are also a wonderful option for a bright but diffuse light location which might be too warm for other options.
Succulent hanging plants like very similar care in the way they require bright light, best from a diffuse West or South facing window. Well draining soil like ProMix Cactus Mix is a fantastic option if you are re-potting you succulent. Increase watering during Spring and Summer months and use a cactus and succulent fertilizer during the growing season
Trailing Jade are wonderful plants for a high light location but will require slightly more watering than other trailing succulents in a hot spot.
String of Pearls
These delicate strings and bobbles are a fun and interesting succulent. Finding the right balance of water is exceptionally important, so perhaps not a beginner friendly plant.
With fleshy blue-green leaves which retain water, Burros Tail plants are a good plant for the beginner plant collector. These plants like their soil to moderately and consistently moist - just be sure not to over water as it may cause root rot.
String of Fishhooks
These handsome plants join the ranks of the 'String of ___" plants such as String of Dolphins, String of Bananas and String of Beans. These plants are vigorous growers who love a sunny spot and are the most forgiving of the succulents in watering. Be sure to let these plants soil dry out in between waterings to avoid root rot.
Ferns are an amazing and diverse group of plants with a huge array of foliage and colours. These plants make excellent hanging plants for shadier corners of your home or office. Though these plants are epiphytes meaning that in the wild you can find them growing on the side of trees or rocks in rain forests around the world, you will find them growing in soil medium and baskets in our greenhouses. These plants prefer part shade to shade areas and plenty of humidity making them perfect for bathrooms. They are wonderful plants for those who love their plants too much (aka over watering and misting.) Unlike the succulents mentioned above, ferns need more frequent watering and therefore you should consider how you are going to contain the inevitable drips. Some options include hanging pots without drainage holes or special trays which hook onto the pots. In some situations, it might be easier just to bring the plant down and water it in your sink.
Staghorn ferns are unique since they have a relatively small root ball and large fuzzy fronds which are lobed and branched like antlers of stags. These antler fronds produce spores for reproduction - don't remove these! You can find these in our greenhouse in hanging baskets and sometimes mounted on boards for a unique display option. These ferns absorb a large portion of their water and nutrients through the shield" fronds (the round disc like fronds at the base of the plant) and a lesser amount through their root systems. These ferns prefer diffuse light, like that which would dapple through the under-story of a tropical canopy - so an East facing window with morning light would be wonderful.
Rabbit Foot Fern
These ferns are easily spotted with their distinct white fuzzy rhizomes which are often crawling over the sides of their pots. These fuzzy rhizomes should not be buried as their purpose is to absorb water and nutrients above the soil. The delicate foliage requires more moisture than its cousins Deer Foot and Squirrel Foot ferns, so frequent misting is required. Additionally, the delicate foliage is prone to burning in direct sunlight, so diffuse light is paramount. Water your fern regularly to maintain steady soil moisture for optimal plant health.
Boston Ferns are a classic hanging indoor houseplant and outdoor annual plant. These fluffy ferns are robust and fill out a space well. Hanging these plants slightly lower than average trailing plants to enjoy their deep green foliage. Aim to hang a Boston fern in a cooler area of your home with high humidity, which we know can be a difficult space to create. However, a foyer with a slight draft will be great and commit to misting it daily. Morning light would be optimal to prevent the delicate fronds from burning and drying out.
Pothos & Philodendrons
Pothos & Philodendrons are extremely common hanging houseplants due to their luxurious vines and leaves and their ability to grow very quickly. Both Pothos and Philodendrons are very adaptable to a variety of lighting and watering conditions making them very beginner friendly. Ideally both plants would like bright but diffuse light and regular watering. Pothos are come in a huge variety of colours such as this Neon, Marble Queen (heavily white variegated), Satin, and Golden Pothos (heavily yellow variegated).
Philodendrons are a large family of plants; however, two are quite common and found most in our greenhouses. The Heart Leaf Philodendron has a dark green heart-shaped leaf that it is named for. These leaves are slightly matte giving them a slight velvety look. Its cousin the Brasil Philodendron is a showy variegated type which has a mixture of bright lime green leaves, dark leaves, and variegated leaves. In my collection, this is the most prolific of growers and is now exceeding 7 feet in length despite regular trimmings. If you have high ceilings and want to make an impact, the Brazil Philodendron should be considered!
Neon Pothos, Marble Queen Pothos, Golden Pothos, Brasil Philodendron, Heart Leaf Philodendron x 2.
The world of hanging plants is vast and diverse and we have only scratched the surface of beautiful hanging houseplant options. In Part 2 we will continue to explore the world of these plants and also discuss the options you have for physically hanging your plants. But for now I will also include some honourable mentions which we currently have in store and cannot be overlooked!