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Hanging Houseplants

Add a little lift to your plants indoors

If you thought that the joys of hanging plants could only be experienced by those with gardens and the room to hang baskets outside, then think again! There are many varieties of houseplants that are ideal for hanging, either individually or grouped together, and they can be used to create stunning displays.

Containers
Containers suitable for hanging plants take many shapes and forms, from simple plastic pots, to wicker, macram holders, china or even decorative metal pots or baskets. But theres no need to stick to the list be creative and have fun exploring new container ideas; as long as the container isnt too heavy, can accommodate the plant and can be hung, it could work effectively. Hang safely from metal hooks with chains or strong cords and ensure you leave access for watering.

Plants
Choosing which plants to use can often be tricky as so many work well in a hanging capacity. To help with the decision making, consider where you plan to hang the plants, the size of the container, whether you want color, foliage or both, and most importantly the fact that you will be seeing the plants from below!

Trailers are perfect and many well-known plants have a trailing variety; climbers can also be used to climb upwards and add height. Commonly used hanging houseplants include Streptocarpus, the ever-faithful Spider Plant, Ivy Leaf Geranium, Italian Bell Flower, Ivies especially the variegated varieties, Hotwater Plant, the trailing Asparagus Fern, Pendulous Begonias and Mother of Thousands. If space is limited, try a low hanging singular African Violet or Christmas Cactus.

For indoor hanging arrangements, the plants can be placed into the container in their pots, complete with saucers for drainage; ideally plant in a soilless medium to reduce weight. Once ready, water, then place in a cool area for a few days before hanging; water on a weekly basis or when the plants look in need.

Hanging houseplants can add interesting new dimensions to rooms they can improve the look of previously empty corners, hide areas you dont want on view, add color, variety and intrigue. But, above all, they provide an ideal way of growing and enjoying plants in your home throughout the year.