Best Hanging Plants To Grow In The Home

Tom Gaffey
by Tom Gaffey
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Hanging plants create a strong statement in any room. The cascading leaves and stems give color, life, and drama to a room without taking up any floor space. Hanging plants are great for those who want to bring a natural look into a room without dedicating any floor space to a large house plant. In order to choose the best one for your living space, you need to know which hanging plants will easily thrive in an indoor environment.

When choosing an indoor hanging plant, ensure you choose one that can survive in the provided light conditions. Many hanging plants are resilient, even in low light, including English ivy, satin pothos, spider plants, and philodendrons. If you want a plant with blooms, consider a Christmas cactus. There are also stunning hanging succulents that can survive with very little watering, including the donkey’s tail and string of pearls.

A hanging plant can add a natural flare and even elegance into your home. Plants are also soothing and cleanse the air, which makes adding a hanging plant an overall great idea. The key is to pick the right plant for you based on your aesthetic goals, the care you can provide, and how much natural light in your home. Read through the list below of some of the best and most beautiful hanging plants available in order to find the perfect one for your indoor space.

11 Hanging Plants You Can Grow Inside Your Home

1. Boston Fern

One of the best ferns to grow inside or outside your home is the Boston fern. This fern is lush and vibrant green. The plant fans out and gives the look of a tropical jungle palm, but does not need the heat or light that the tropics provide.

Boston ferns like some light, but they can tolerate lower light conditions. Ideally, you will place your Boston fern near a window that receives at least two hours of direct sunlight per day, if possible. As long as you can stick to a weekly watering schedule, this plant will thrive indoors.

2. Satin Pothos

Pothos is one of the most popular indoor hanging plants, as it is easy to grow, and can grow long vines that you can hang to the floor, or stretch across a wall. There are many types of pothos to choose from, and they all have different looks and care instructions.

Satin Pothos is a good option for those looking for an indoor hanging plant. It has lovely variegated and spotted leaves that offer a nice look to any room. They also thrive in lower light environments, so you can keep this plant alive even if your home doesn't get much direct sunlight. It likes to stay moist, but it can stay alive a few days with dry soil. This makes it a great option for those who forget to water from time to time.

3. Spider Plant

Another wildly popular indoor hanging plant is the spider plant. Spider plants are also very easy to keep alive, and can tolerate lower light conditions. They will do best, however, if you place them by a window with some direct light.

A spider plant will not only thrive as a hanging plant, but it self-propagates. Therefore you can have several of these plants growing at once. Best of all, spider plants are fantastic plants for purifying the air in your home.

4. Bird’s Nest Fern

Ferns look great inside the home, but not all ferns will thrive indoors. In addition to the Boston fern, the bird’s nest fern is a unique, and exotic-looking fern that is worth considering. This is especially true if you plan to hang your plant by a window that gets a few hours of natural light.

These ferns like moderate temperatures between 60 and 80 degrees, so keep them away from cold windows. Water them regularly, but don’t over-water them.

5. Donkey’s Tail

If you are looking for a hanging plant and are a big fan of succulents, then you might want to consider purchasing a donkey’s tail succulent. This plant might have a funny name, but it looks gorgeous, especially as it continues to grow and hang. This clustered succulent is vibrant green, but can change colors through the season, and even grows lovely pinkish-red flowers.

This succulent can grow large and heavy, so it’s important to put it in a basket that can handle several pounds of weight.

6. Christmas Cactus

Another flowering hanging plant that is easy to grow indoors is the famous Christmas cactus. This plant gets its name from the beautiful blooms that come out of the ends of this green succulent, often around the Christmas holiday.

Being a succulent, this plant is fairly low maintenance. You don’t need to water it as much as other hanging plants, and it can survive in lower light conditions. This makes it a wonderful option for those seeking a low maintenance, flowering indoor hanging plant.

7. English Ivy

Ivy is a classy and sophisticated-looking vine that has graced the sides of homes and the sides of trellises and pergolas for centuries. English ivy is a lovely and particularly resilient type of ivy that you can grow indoors.

English ivy is a common outdoor plant that runs wild, but when you place it in a hanging plant, it flows downward (or outward) in a lovely fashion. This is a great hanging plant for those who embrace a Victorian, or old-world aesthetic inside. Just make sure you offer it plenty of light and water.

8. Monstera Deliciosa (Swiss Cheese Plant)

Monstera is known for its large curvy leaves, and is often found in tropical rain forest and jungle environments. But some monstera can be easily domesticated, and enjoyed in almost any climate-controlled home. The monstera deliciosa is a great example of this.

Also known as the Swiss cheese plant, the monstera deliciosa is a type of monstera you can grow indoors. It has the same silhouette of a typical monstera leaf, but there are holes in the leaf, hence the name. This plant likes direct and indirect sun, so hang it by a window. The leaves also like to be misted from time to time.

9. String Of Pearls

String of pearls is another example of a dramatic and stunning hanging succulent that you can easily grow indoors. The key to success with this plant is to use the right potting mix (any good orchid and succulent mix will work), and don’t over-water it.

Keep the soil slightly moist. You can either water it occasionally, or have fun misting it like you would care for an orchid. If possible, place this hanging beauty near a window that gets direct afternoon sunlight.

10. String Of Hearts

If pearl-shaped succulents aren’t something you fancy, perhaps you’d like to go with a plant that looks more romantic. String of hearts has a similar name to string of pearls, but looks quite different. As you may have guessed, this plant has heart-shaped leaves, which almost look fake as they are so perfectly heart-shaped.

This plant can go indoors, as it likes bright but indirect sunlight. Near a window is great. Water this plant regularly, but let the soil get dry. This plant is a real showstopper, and a great option for those looking for something unique and beautiful to hang by the window.

11. Philodendron

Lastly, if you are looking for a hanging plant that you can put just about anywhere, or even move from one area of the home to another, consider the philodendron. What makes the philodendron an amazing, and popular, indoor plant is its adaptability.

It can learn to thrive in bright or dim light, and can survive with lots of water, or even in dry conditions. This makes it a great plant for those who want a hanging plant, but have a tendency to neglect watering and plant care from time to time. The large green leaves hang low and bring a great splash of nature into whatever room you hang the plant.

Summing Up The Best Indoor Hanging Plants

If you want to bring a hanging plant into your home, you will be thrilled to know there is a wide array of options. You can choose a succulent plant that is both beautiful and easy to care for, like a string of pearls or a donkey's tail. Or you can opt for a seasonally flowering Christmas cactus plant. If you want a plant that purifies the air and grows easily, then look no further than the spider plant. English ivy, satin pothos, and the Boston fern are all popular hanging plant options that also grow well indoors.

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Tom Gaffey
Tom Gaffey

Tom Gaffey is an expert writer who currently resides in Washington D.C. Tom has a passion for real estate and home improvement writing, as well as travel and lifestyle writing. He lived the last twelve years in Hawaii where he worked closely with luxury resorts and event planners, mastering his knowledge of aesthetics and luxury products. This is where he found his passion for home improvement and a keen interest in DIY projects. Currently, Tom resides in Washington D.C, and also working on his debut fiction novel.

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