by Jennifer Poindexter
When I was growing up, I thought houseplants were only something older people included in their homes.
Thankfully, houseplants have made a serious comeback over the years. It’s now uncommon to walk into any home and not see at least one.
The reason having a houseplant is so great is because it adds a breath of fresh air to a space. Plus, they’re now considered modern thanks to all of the pretty containers and baskets you can purchase.
If you’d like to add gorgeous hanging houseplants to your living space, you’re in the right place. Here are a few options to choose from:
1. Bird’s Nest Fern
The bird’s nest fern is a unique option for an indoor hanging plant. This plant has the ability to grasp onto other plants and grow, which opens the door for a plethora of design ideas. When growing a bird’s nest fern be sure to select a location with natural humidity such as a bathroom.
You can supply the plant with more sunlight to have wavy foliage. However, less sunlight is probably a better option. Though the foliage will remain flat, it also deters the leaves from yellowing.
2. Heartleaf Philodendron
Heartleaf philodendron is a beautiful plant with heart-shaped, green, glossy leaves. You may also know this plant by other names such as the sweetheart plant or just plain philodendron. If you’re new to raising plants, heartleaf philodendron might be a great starting place.
This plant is drought tolerant, so it can survive even if you forget to water it for a while. However, be sure to place it in a location that receives moderate sunlight and some humidity as well. Be careful of the placement of this plant as it’s toxic to both cats and dogs.
3. Maidenhair Fern
The maidenhair fern is a unique fern option that has wispy fronds and green foliage mixed with purple leaves. Like other ferns, this plant is a great way to spice up your home décor.
However, to help the plant thrive, be sure to provide specific growing conditions. It needs even, low lighting, some humidity, and light watering.
4. Trailing Jade
Trailing jade stands out because of its o-shaped leaves which are attached to delicate, skinny stems. This plant has a small root system which is a pro and a con. On one level, this is great because the plant is compact and can grow in smaller planters. This is a nice bonus for small growing spaces.
However, with a small root system, it’s easy to oversaturate the plant. Ensure you supply trailing jade with moderate lighting and light watering sessions.
5. String of Nickels
This is another plant which is named by its appearance. String of nickels has leaves which are shaped like coins. It’s also considered an epiphyte. This means it can grow on other plants without bringing harm to them.
In this case, you may attach string of nickels to wood, stone, or inside a basket to create unique displays. Be sure to only water this hanging plant when the soil is fully dry and ensure it receives bright light.
6. String of Pearls
String of pearls is named this because the foliage is round and resembles a string of pearls. These pearls are what make this plant an easy-to-grow option. The foliage is filled with water which allows the plant to go longer periods of time without it.
Therefore, if you’d like a low-maintenance and interesting hanging plant, this could be a great option. The plant will need room to hang or sprawl out, so ensure it’s hanging high enough for the pearls to vine. Also, supply the plant with moderate lighting.
7. String of Hearts
Our final “stringing” plant to discuss is string of hearts. You may also recognize this plant by a few other names such as rosary vine, sweetheart vine, or chain of hearts. The string of hearts plant has evergreen foliage which thrives in light, small amounts of water, and humidity.
If this plant isn’t provided ample light, the colors will fade. Another win for string of hearts is it thrives under neglect. If you’re new to raising houseplants, this could be a great option.
8. Air Plant
Air plants are some of my favorites. They can be grown anywhere as they don’t require any soil. You can purchase them in a variety of sizes and colors as well.
Many times, these plants are displayed in glass terrariums. They’re low-maintenance plants which thrive in areas with good airflow and bright light.
9. Pitcher Plant
The pitcher plant is another favorite of mine. These are wonderful plants to grow around your home as the pitchers attract insects to themselves. Therefore, ridding your living space of unwanted visitors.
To grow the pitcher plant, ensure it’s supplied evenly damp soil. Grow it in a location with moderate light and supply water on a consistent basis.
10. Arrowhead Plant
The arrowhead plant gets its name from the foliage it produces. The leaves begin in the shape of arrowheads. From there, they produce fingers. This is why the plant is also called the five finger plant. Over time, this plant will trail.
Therefore, be sure to provide enough room for the plant to do so. This is a great option for naturally humid rooms in your home as the plant loves humidity. In return, you’ll love the different colors this plant produces as it comes in pink, green, and deep red varieties.
11. Mistletoe Cactus
Would you like to grow a different type of cactus? This option has rounded, droopy stems. They’re bright green and form a great foundation for the plant to produce flowers and edible berries.
This plant should produce well in areas with little light and water. However, be sure to provide plenty of humidity. The mistletoe cactus is a wonderful option as a hanging houseplant as it’s low-maintenance, slow-growing, and non-toxic.
12. Morning Glory
Morning glory flowers are a different option for a hanging houseplant. Yet, they’re inexpensive and easily started from seed. Before we dive into how wonderful these flowers are, be advised they’re toxic. Keep this in mind if you have pets that can access them around your home.
On a positive note, morning glories grow quickly, enjoy bright lighting, moderate waterings, and humidity. They come in a variety of colors and vine which makes for a beautiful hanging plant.
13. Staghorn Fern
The staghorn fern is a unique plant. This is another epiphyte. As we discussed earlier, this means the plant can attach to other plants, grow, and not harm the plant it’s attached to.
Therefore, you can mount this fern to a flat surface and grow it either vertically or upside down to hang it. This makes for a gorgeous display as the trumpet-shaped foliage is hard to miss.
14. Ripple Peperomia
Ripple peperomia is a gorgeous plant. It has heart-shaped leaves and textured foliage that comes in an array of colors. These colors include green, red, gray, and cream colored.
If you’d like to see this plant thrive under your care, ensure you provide adequate growing conditions. Ripple peperomia likes to grow in areas with moderate light and should be watered lightly on occasion.
15. Chenille Plant
The chenille plant is another wonderful option for an indoor hanging plant. In its natural habitat, this plant grows over fifteen feet in height. However, when growing indoors, the plant will reach approximately six feet.
Therefore, it will need ample room to grow downward. Pruning will be necessary to keep this plant healthy, and it will need partial sunlight and regular watering. In return, the chenille plant will produce fuzzy red blooms to brighten your growing location.
16. Golden Pothos
Golden pothos is one of my favorite houseplants. They’re so easy and look great! This plant produces golden and green, heart-shaped foliage. The leaves will remain green even if provided no light.
Therefore, this is a very forgiving plant. It’s also called devil’s ivy as it’s very difficult to kill. Overall, provide this plant with partial sunlight and regular watering sessions. In return, it will produce beauty while also purifying the air around it.
17. Burro’s Tail
Are you into succulents? Many people are! Burro’s tail is a succulent that requires plenty of sunlight. It’s also a trailing plant that needs to be hung high enough that it has room to trail accordingly.
However, if you provide the correct lighting and space, this plant won’t need much else. It’s drought tolerant and can thrive under neglect.
18. Spider Plant
The spider plant (also known as the airplane plant or ribbon plant) is another traditional option that many people choose to incorporate around their home or work space. It’s a great plant to fill dead space.
Spider plants may spread both vertically and horizontally. Therefore, you must provide plenty of room to grow. Beyond this, the plant requires moderate light and little watering. Provide what the plant needs, and you should see a bright display of green foliage in your designated growing area.
19. English Ivy
English ivy is another traditional hanging plant. It’s typically seen climbing on brick buildings, but it can trail when grown in a hanging basket inside your home.
As you can imagine, when growing this plant indoors, it must be hung high enough to have ample room to trail. Aside from space to hang, English ivy only needs moderate sunlight and light watering periodically.
20. Boston Fern
Our final hanging houseplant to discuss is the Boston fern. This is a traditional option, but it’s also a plant most are familiar with. The Boston fern enjoys a humid growing location, so it should work well in naturally humid areas of your home. This plant is safe to be grown around pets and is great for purifying the air in your home as well.
The main thing is to ensure there’s enough space between the plant and the ceiling to maintain proper air circulation around it. Take care of your Boston fern, and it’s sure to add life to your home.
This concludes our discussion on different indoor hanging plants to grow around your home. Hanging plants are a wonderful way to brighten your living space. However, many are also wonderful for naturally purifying the air in your home.
Be mindful that the plant you select won’t harm your pets. Otherwise, provide the appropriate growing conditions, pick the plants you love, and start decorating your home with these gorgeous hanging plant options.