Plants are always good to have in and around your home. As well as looking nice, they also offer benefits in other ways such as being better for both your physical and mental health. They can help filter the air in your home and even provide a calming effect in any room. Whether you’re looking to spruce up your living space or add a bit of greenery to your office, hanging plants are a great option and they’re really having a moment. Not only do they add a touch of colour and life to any space, but they are an easy way to incorporate more plants into your home. They’re space saving and require minimal maintenance aside from watering, while bringing a different style to the conventional use of potted plants on shelves and cabinets.
As with any plant, there are a few things to consider before you buy. Remember that they’re going to be hanging, quite possibly out of reach, so you’ll likely need a step-ladder handy for watering and general plant care. When thinking about where you can put them, think about how much light they will need and whether the location you have in mind can deliver that sunlight. Bear in mind how often they’ll need watering too. It can always be helpful to set yourself reminders, especially if it’s only once every couple of weeks. It’s also worth thinking about humidity- you might need to spritz your plants with a spray bottle on occasion if they need a more humid environment.
Devil’s Ivy is practically impossible to kill, which makes it ideal for beginners. It’s an evergreen that keeps its colour even when kept in the dark, which means it doesn’t need to be constantly bathed in sunlight. It doesn’t really need much care at all but delivers a really lovely leafy aesthetic that you want from a hanging plant. The only thing you’ll need to watch out for is that it’s toxic to cats and dogs, but hopefully if it’s hanging it should be out of reach to any four-legged friends anyway.
Another one that’s forgiving is the Boston Fern. They prefer moist soil and require a moderate amount of sunlight, but they’re also very tolerant of drought. That means they stick around even if you do forget to water them on the odd occasion. These give your space a nice vibrant pop of colour, with bushy bright green fronds. They’re safe for homes with pets too because they’re non-toxic. The only thing you must look out for is the humidity. They need high humidity, so if you’re having trouble with it and you don’t have a humidifier, spraying it down with water should do the trick.
A plant that has made a serious comeback in recent years- the Spider Plant. They’re actually one of the easiest plants to care for and once they grow, they make for great looking hanging plants. They’re happy in filtered sun or shade and you can water it when the top of the compost feels dry. They produce beautifully thin green and white striped leaves that shoot out like water out of a fountain. Then there’s also the offshoots of baby plantlets that grow from the main plant to form a skirt around it.