Recently, hanging plants have become a new trend for interior gardening. There is a big collection of dropping and trailing plants that can be used for this purpose. We can find mini-plants which have small leaves, such us Peperomia and Ceropegia, succulents like Sedum and Senecio, and plants with large leaves like Philodendron and Syngonium. Hanging your houseplants is an excellent way to show off your favourite plants in style and add a jungle effect, a touch of color and life to any space.
If you finally choose to bring hanging plants at home, prepare yourself, because special care is required. Firstly, make sure to choose the suitable pot for each species, and for each plant size. Then, inform yourself about the appropriate requirements of each indoor plant type, which means light, water, fertilizer and other needs. Furthermore, you must know that to hang plants can be a bit harder to do and plants are harder to reach than the standard potted plants, so make sure to get all the needed equipment (for example, a scale, a water can…).
In this article, you’ll find the most popular and the most used hanging plants for home decoration. Enjoy!
Most popular hanging plants
1- Senecio rowleyanus
Senecio rowleyanus, also called String of pearls, is among the best hanging plants belonging to the Asteraceae family, native to southern Africa and Namibia. It has a creeping or a dropping form with branched stems, bearing foliage of almost spherical, tiny pea-shaped leaves looking like a river. Also, this succulent houseplant blooms in summer with whitish small flowers in the form of a bush. This beauty needs well-drained soil, less water and bright but indirect sunlight. (Find out the most popular string plants and how to care for them here: https://plantsbank.com/7-popular-types-of-string-plants/).
2- Ceropegia woodii
Ceropegia woodii, also called “String of hearts”, is the star of plants. It is a perennial plant native to South Africa belonging to the Asclepiadaceae family. String of hearts is ideal to give as a gift on special occasions because of their wonderful heart-shaped leaves. This tuberous plant has long trailing stems bearing small pale to dark green leaves. Moreover, tubular, pink flowers appear in late summer to early fall and last up to 6 weeks.
String of Hearts is easy to care for plant, just give it bright light (but indirect light) and full sun at least 3 hours a day. Watering every 10 days should suffice during the growing season. In autumn, gradually reduce the frequency of watering. (Find out the most popular string plants and how to care for them here: https://plantsbank.com/7-popular-types-of-string-plants/)
3- Begonia boliviensis
Begonia boliviensis, also known as ‘Santa Cruz’ and ‘Begonia Bonfire’, is a very showy perennial plant belonging to the Begoniaceae family. These lovely indoor trailing plants have angel-wing-shaped leaves with red margins and can reach 60 cm tall. Also, this Begonia species produces fiery reddish-orange bell-shaped flowers that cover the plant from late spring through summer. Begonia boliviensis likes sunny positions, well-drained soil and regular watering.
4- Chlorophytum comosum
Chlorophytum comosum, named also Spider plant, Airplane plant or the Ribbon plant, is a flowering perennial plant belonging to the Asparagaceae family. Spider Plant is one of the easiest indoor hanging plants to care for which has an interesting, graceful, cascading habit when it’s full. This plant is characterized by rosettes of recurved, soft, green or striped white leaves and an elongated raceme of small, white and starry flowers. It has also plantlets formed at the flowering nodes; don’t over-fertilize as this decreases plantlet formation. Spiderplant prefers bright, indirect light and propagates easily by plantlets or division.
5- Hedera helix
Hedera helix, known as English Ivy or common Ivy, is a common perennial climber plant that can be used outdoors as a ground-cover or indoor as a hanging houseplant. English Ivy has deep green, glossy, leathery leaves with a strong smell when crushed. Furthermore, this fast-growing plant produces, in its natural habitat, round, umbrella-like clusters of greenish-white flowers from October to November followed by blue-black berries. This elegant ornamental plant is widely admired not only for its cascading vines but also because it will adapt to low-light conditions.
6- Epipremnum aureum
E. aureum has as common names “Golden Pothos” or “Devil’s Ivy” and it’s a very easy to grow plant adaptable to most conditions. This perennial evergreen plant has glossy, heart-shaped, green or variegated leaves carried by long, cascading stems.
The characteristic of Golden Pothos is that it is most tolerant and adaptable to lower light conditions, which make it a suitable plant for any piece of your interior. Plus, Golden Pothos even works to purify the air inside your home, absorbing and removing certain chemicals and toxins.
7- Hoya sp.
Hoya plant, often overlooked, is surprising, mysterious and can offer a spectacular flowering, so it is usually grown as a houseplant on support or hanging from a suspension. Some grow very fast while others grow very slow.
Indeed, Hoyas are more and more used to beautify our interiors firstly because of their great, thick, waxy leaves and their small clusters of star-shaped flowers, secondly, because they are non-toxic for humans and pets and finally because they are so easy to care for. The most Hoya species used as hanging plants are Hoya carnosa compacta, Hoya linnearis and Hoya curtisii. (Find out more about Hoya species and how to care for them here: https://plantsbank.com/12-popular-species-of-hoya-plant-grow-and-care-tips/).
8- Syngonium podophyllum
S. podophyllum, known also as Arrowhead Plant, Five Fingers, or Nephthytis, is a tropical, perennial climber plant that can reach 2m tall. The plant’s leaves structure changes as it matures, going from large, arrow-shaped leaves veined and suffused with silvery-white to deeply lobed or divided mature leaves. This plant is actually really easy to look after as it’s a low light tolerant houseplant and will grow virtually anywhere in your home. Add it to your wishlist of plants for hanging baskets.
Warning! Arrowhead Plant is poisonous if ingested, so be very careful if you have pets or children.
Tillandsia, commonly known as air plants, are epiphytic species which doesn’t require potting soil to grow. Air plants are really very hardy and require much less attention than other houseplants. So, every gardener should try air plants at home. These members of Bormeliad family have silver, fleshy leaves and most of them produce attractive flowers once in their lifetime. After blooming, they start producing offsets that will also bloom in turn. These flowers can last from several days to many months, depending on the species. Finally, Ait plants are perfect for craft projects such as aeriums and mounts creations.
10- Sedum morganianum
Sedum morganianum, commonly known as burro’s tail or donkey’s tail, is a flowering succulent plant of the Crassulaceae family. The long stems are pendulous and bear thick, fleshy, blue-green and lance-shaped leaves. Beautiful pink to red blossoms appear in terminal clusters of 1-6 flowers in summer. Like other succulents, burro’s tail needs bright light and should dry completely between waterings.
11- Acalypha hispida
A. hispida, Called also Red Hot Cat’s Tail or Chenille Plant, is a tropical flowering shrub of the Euphorbiaceae family. These plants have, ovate, deep-green, long leaves and long, drooping, pendant, catkin-like racemes of tiny, showy, red flowers. Moreover, the attractive colors of these plants make them ideal for indoor decoration, just Prune it to keep it healthy longer.
12- Peperomia Caperata
P. caperata, named also Ripple Peperomia, is an evergreen, semi-succulent plant belonging to the Piperaceae family. This wonderful species has red to purple stems of heart-shaped leaves that come in a variety of colors including green, red, gray and cream. In summer through early fall, slender, rat tail shaped flower spikes are produced. This Peperomia species is one of the easiest houseplants to grow.
There are a number of indoor ferns that are not only popular indoor plants but are also easy to take care of inside. If you are looking for a fern to beautify your home, We will give you a list of the most popular, you just have to keep them away from drafts, dry air and extreme temperatures to make them also happy.
The first one is Staghorn Fern (Platycerium) with its wonderful horn-like leaves; it is among the best plants to hang on wall. Then, Bird’s Nest Fern (Asplenium nidus) has curvy leaves that change shape depending on the amount of light exposure. Boston Fern (Nephrolepis exaltata) is also a very good choice, it has vibrant bright green leaves that make it a truly beautiful indoor hanging plant. Maidenhair Fern (Adiantum) is also a gorgeous indoor hanging plant with its light grey-green, feathery-like foliage.
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