8 Hanging Planters That Will Make You and Your Plants Happy
When you run out of wall and floor space for your indoor greenery, it’s time to look up. Hanging planters are a great way to decorate the vertical area in your home and put your beautiful plant babies on full display (and in direct sunlight!). Plus, they take advantage of what would otherwise be unused space. There are tons of hanging planters out there in all sorts of materials and designs — some with built-in pots, some with just the straps, some made of ceramic, some made of leather (and if you’re crafty, you can also DIY your own). We rounded up a variety of our favorites to help you find one that fits your style and helps your plant family reach new heights.
Tips for Hanging Plants
- Check the drainage. Many “pretty” planters don’t have drainage holes in them, so you’ll have to keep them in a nursery pot and place it all in the hanger. (If your plant doesn’t have a nursery pot, then DIY your own using food containers.) Just be careful not to overwater and check from time to time to make sure there’s no excess water sitting at the bottom. A little bit is fine; too much will drown your plant.
- Water more frequently. If there’s one thing I took away from middle school science class, it’s that hot air rises and cold air sinks. The air closer to your ceiling is warmer and drier than air near the floor, so your hanging plants might need a bit more watering than floor plants. But remember: Overwatering will quickly kill hanging plants that can’t drain.
- Don’t be afraid to prune. Trimming the dead and scraggly leaves will encourage your plant to grow lusher leaves and flowers in their place. I learned this when I trimmed what felt like way too many leaves from one of my hanging plants, only to find new ones growing back with a happy vengeance in no time.