Hanging plants: 10 hard to kill indoor plants
Just hanging out? No problem for these plants. We’ll show you the ten most beautiful hanging plants, which are easy to care for.
Casual, stylish or elegant: plants with hanging shoots cut a fine figure in every room. With their long shoots, which drape like a luscious curtain from the edge of the pot, they are often the main attraction in the room. At the same time, the green roommates improve the air indoors and can be incorporated into the interior in many ways. Whether in a pot on the top of a shelf or hanging from the ceiling in a basket, hanging plants are a guarantee of a good choice. In the following list, you can find out which hanging plants are not only a stunning addition to any interior but are also very robust, so that they survive without any problems even if their owners do not have a green thumb.
Hanging plants for the room: the 10 most beautiful species
Hanging plants are a great, stylish alternative to the classic indoor plant and the below mentioned species should not be missed.
10. Philodendron scandens
Philodendron scandens is that plant you see growing upright around a moss pole. However, this plant can be easily cultivated as a hanging plant, for example in a hanging basket. With its firm, heart-shaped leaves, which can later grow up to 30 cm long, it is perfect as a lush green decoration. What is more, the philodendron is not only a stunner of the plant kingdom, it is also very hardy. It is rarely ever affected by a disease and apart from fertilising and watering, the only care required is the occasional removal of dust from the leaves.
9. Sword fern
The leaves of the sword fern (Nephrolepsis exaltata) are up to one-metre-long, look like a bunch of gorgeous green feathers. The conspicuous leaves can hardly be overlooked and depending on the species they can grow either upright or overhang. Especially beautiful are the varieties with twisted or wavy fronds. But it is not only its beautiful leaves that make the sword fern a great hanging houseplant: it is also very easy to care for. It only needs a little water and some fertiliser every now and then. But do not spoil the plant with too much of a good thing: the sword fern reacts sensitively to waterlogging, which can occur with excessive watering.
8. Common ivy
The common ivy (Hedera helix) is well known to most people as a climbing plant on house facades or trees. The robust climber makes a wonderful houseplant, too. As a hanging plant, the ivy impresses not just with its great leaves but also with its extremely resilient nature. Thus, apart from regular watering and (if necessary) fertilising, the ivy does not require any further care measures. In fact, the ivy can grow perfectly well even in rooms that are dark and where countless other plants would struggle. The ivy has a disadvantage, though. Unfortunately, the plant is poisonous and can cause skin irritations with some people and is therefore less suitable for households with small children or animals.
7. Asparagus fern
What most of us probably associate with the term ‘asparagus’ is the type of asparagus (Asparagus offincinalis) that is a favourite culinary ingredient used for tasty dishes. Not many are familiar with its little brother, the asparagus fern (Asparagus densiflorus), which can be grown as a gorgeous hanging plant. This plant is very easy to manage and has stunning decorative foliage. The asparagus fern looks very similar to the classic asparagus and is a sight for sore eyes with its finely fanned leaves, which is why it is often used as a binding green element in bouquets. If the asparagus fern flowers (which happens very irregularly and only with good care), it is adorned with small white flowers that develop into extremely decorative red berries. Unfortunately, they are poisonous and therefore not suitable for consumption.
6. Basket plant
‘Robust’ and ‘enduring’ are the two words that best describe the basket plant (Callisia fragrans). This wonderful hanging plant has only few requirements concerning its preferred environment and care. It favours a room temperature between 18 and 22 °C and only needs to be watered sparingly. Direct sunlight should be avoided. With its rose tinted leaves, which can sometimes border on red, the basket plant is a stunning interior addition. However, if the basket plant is well cared for, it will develop an overhanging inflorescence. In Russia, the basket plant is not only a popular houseplant because of its beauty, but is also used as a “living pharmacy” – because the plant can allegedly help with various ailments.
5. Spider plant
Whether inside or outside: as long as the temperatures are above 10 °C, the spider plant (Chlorophytum comosum) can grow almost everywhere. The plant prefers bright locations, but does not need much care. To ensure that it thrives well, water it abundantly. Other than that, it only requires a little fertiliser from time to time. In addition to its vibrant and dense head of leaves, the spider plant allegedly helps clear the air indoors. In fact, the spider plant is one of the best air-purifying plants. It efficiently cleans the polluted air and thus improves the living conditions indoors.
4. Lipstick plant
The lipstick plant (Aeschynanthus) was named this way for its’ flowers which are shaped like the beauty product. With its hanging, tubular clusters of flowers and fleshy leaves is probably one of the most beautiful hanging plants. Mainly the flowers, which shine in red, orange or yellow during the summer months, make the lipstick plant a real eye-catcher. At temperatures between 20 and 25 °C it rarely needs water and can be fertilised a little every two to three weeks. In winter the plant can be kept almost dry for four to five weeks. This dry season stimulates the flowering of the lipstick plant and you can look forward to a particularly large number of flowers next year.
Anyone who comes across the string-of-pearls (Senecio herreanus), also called string-of-beads, understands right away why the plant bears its name. One could almost think that someone has painstakingly pulled thousands of green beads onto cords – but these are in fact the small, round leaves of the plant and they drape down to the ground on long tendrils. The small leaves not only make the string-of-pearls extravagant looking but they also store water for dry periods. It is no wonder, that the string-of-pearls is extremely easy to clean: by lightly pouring or spritzing water on top of the plant (when the substrate is completely dry), the dust can be washed away.
2. Devil’s ivy
The devil’s ivy (Epipremnum aureum) is well known as a climbing plant, but the evergreen plant also looks great hanging. The devil’s ivy weaves a dense leaf curtain if placed in hanging baskets, which can also be used as a decorative room divider. Last but not least, its frugal and persistent nature makes it extremely popular as a houseplant. It can forgive dry periods or long watering intervals and does not require a fertiliser. In addition to this, its leaves are simply stunning and are often patterned in white, cream or yellow. Furthermore, the devil’s ivy is known for its alleged air-improving effect – exhaust fumes, cigarette smoke and formaldehyde are reported to be absorbed by the plant and thus the air quality in the rooms is said to improve.
1. Mistletoe cactus
Although many would not have guessed it, this plant is indeed a cactus. The mistletoe cactus (Rhipsalis cassutha) is impressive mainly because of it’s bushy, long overhanging shoots and looks great both as a pot plant and in the hanging basket. Unlike its appearance, however, its character corresponds to the typical cactus cliché – the coral cactus is extremely easy to care for. Especially its robust nature, with which it forgives even larger maintenance errors, makes it a perfect beginner plant. In a warm, semi-shade location at home, for example, it only needs water once a week and fertiliser about once a month to thrive optimally. Repotting is usually very rarely necessary.