Here you’ll find 22 beautiful houseplants that work amazingly well in hanging baskets and planters around the home or office. What’s great is indoor hanging plants truly add a unique touch to your interior decor and are generally easy to maintain as long as you follow a few key pointers with regards to their light, water, and feeding preferences. We’ve detailed some basic guidelines for each and there’s a great variety of indoor hanging plants to pick from that are suitable for a range of living environments and space considerations. Enjoy!
- About Indoor Hanging Plants
- 22 Best Types of Indoor Hanging Plants:
- 1) Red Prayer Plant (Maranta leuconeura)
- Where to Buy Red Prayer Plants:
- 2) Philodendron Brasil (Philodendron hederaceum ‘Brasil’)
- 3) The Kimberly Queen Fern (Nephrolepis obliterata)
- 4) Trailing Jade (Peperomia rotundifolia)
- 5) Indoor Hanging Plants: Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum)
- 6) Silver Pothos (Scindapsus pictus hybrid)
- 7) Indoor Hanging Plants: Marble Queen Pothos
- 8) Philodendron Lemon Lime (Philodendron hederaceum)
- 9) Indoor Hanging Plants: The Boston Fern (Nephrolepis exaltata)
- 10) Indoor Hanging Plants: The Philodendron Heartleaf (Philodendron cordatum)
- 11) Best Indoor Hanging Plants: Bird’s Nest Fern (Asplenium nidus)
- 12) Best Indoor Hanging Plants: Neon Prayer Plant
- 13) Best Indoor Hanging Plants: Nepenthes Pitcher Plant
- 14) Best Indoor Hanging Plants: The Staghorn Fern
- 15) Best Hanging Plants: String of Pearls (Senecio rowleyanus)
- 16) Indoor Hanging Plants: Footed Blue Star Fern
- 17) Inchplant / Wandering Jew (Tradescantia Zebrina)
- 18) Best Hanging Plants: The Arrowhead Plant (Syngonium podophyllum)
- 19) Indoor Hanging Plants: Burro’s Tail (Sedum morganianum)
- 20) Indoor Hanging Plants: English Ivy (Hedera helix)
- 21) Indoor Hanging Plants: The Chenille Plant (Acalypha hispida)
- 22) Indoor Hanging Plants: String of Nickels (Dischidia nummularia)
- Indoor Hanging Plant FAQ:
- The Best Options for Houseplant Delivery in Your City:
About Indoor Hanging Plants
Whether you’re tight on space or looking to liven up those empty recesses hanging above, there’s a vast range of plant types suitable for hanging around the home or office. Many are suitable for varying light conditions as well including bright sunny spots near a south-facing window or perhaps the low-light corners of a north-facing room. Just be considerate of the need to water, feed, and occasionally prune some of these tropical maestros when you’re choosing a suitable location.
22 Best Types of Indoor Hanging Plants:
1) Red Prayer Plant (Maranta leuconeura)
An easy-to-maintain, slow-growing houseplant perfect for hanging planters around the house.
The Red Prayer Plant is a species of plant that comes from the tropical rainforests of Brazil. The name comes from the behavior of the leaves that fold in as the light fades at night, resembling hands coming together in prayer.
There are a few different options in this family of plants, but we particularly love the colorful and interesting leaf structure of the Red Prayer. These make a stunning addition to most living environments as they grow low and wide, making them perfect for an indoor hanging plant.
How to Care for your Red Prayer Plant:
|LIGHT:||Aim for bright, indirect light wherever possible. Somewhere near a south-facing window would be perfect.|
|WATER:||Check soil moisture weekly and aim to keep it relatively damp at all times. The plant also loves a little bit of humidity and will enjoy a regular spray with water mist.|
|FEED:||Every 3 – 4 weeks with an all-purpose fertilizer from spring through summer only.|
|TOXIC:||No – the red prayer plant is friendly for pets and humans.|
2) Philodendron Brasil (Philodendron hederaceum ‘Brasil’)
An easy-to-grow indoor plant that requires little maintenance and tolerates all kinds of neglect.
Philodendron ‘Brasil’ is a famed cultivar of Heartleaf Philodendron. Aside from its easy-to-grow and carefree nature, this vining plant’s attractive foliage makes it a houseplant favorite. The heart-shaped, dark green leaves feature yellow variegation in the center.
Small to large types of these plants make great additions to any room as they help clean the air. Place them in plant hangers or on top of shelves, and you’re all set.
How to Care for your Philodendron Brasil:
|LIGHT:||These plants require low to bright indirect light.|
|WATER:||Make sure that the soil is moist, but not soggy. Water the plants when the top 1 to 2” layer is dry.|
|FEED:||Feed with a balanced liquid fertilizer once a month (spring a summer) or every 6 to 8 weeks (fall and winter).|
|TOXIC:||Toxic to pets as they can cause mouth irritation and digestive reaction.|
3) The Kimberly Queen Fern (Nephrolepis obliterata)
A low-maintenance fern that grows well in containers and adds a nice tropical texture to any area.
Also called Sword Fern, the Kimberly Queen Fern flaunts long and erect sword-shaped fronds that help purify the air. These plants are easy to grow as indoor houseplants and look amazing in hanging planters in living rooms, bedrooms, and offices. Unlike other types of fern, these native Aussie plants are more compact-looking and a lot easier to maintain.
How to Care for your Kimberly Queen Fern:
|LIGHT:||These plants prefer medium light. A window front with northern exposure is the ideal place to hang them. Avoid overexposure to sunlight.|
|WATER:||Keep the soil moist and well-draining. Allow the top layer to dry about 25% to 35% before watering.|
|FEED:||Fertilize monthly with a half-strength balanced liquid fertilizer when the plant is actively growing in spring and summer months.|
|TOXIC:||No. These plants are safe for pets and humans.|
4) Trailing Jade (Peperomia rotundifolia)
A tropical perennial plant with soft, trailing stems and many small, rounded leaves perfect for indoor hanging baskets around the house.
Trailing Jade, also known as Jade Necklace or Creeping Buttons, is a tropical trailing plant native to South America. You’d love how this plant’s soft, trailing stems and small succulent leaves can easily brighten any space. It also produces small flowers on spikes.
How to Care for your Trailing Jade:
|LIGHT:||Trailing Jade is best suited in areas with bright, indirect light.|
|WATER:||Allow the soil to dry out then water thoroughly. Reduce watering during the winter.|
|FEED:||Feed with a diluted liquid fertilizer once every two weeks (in spring) or once a month (in summer).|
|TOXIC:||Trailing Jade plants are non-toxic to humans and pets.|
5) Indoor Hanging Plants: Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum)
An adaptable and easy-to-grow houseplant recognized for its tight rosettes of arching green-white striped foliage.
Spider Plant, otherwise known as Airplane Plant, Spider Ivy, Ribbon Plant, and St. Bernard’s Lily, is a flowering plant distinguished for its attractive foliage. This famed houseplant features arching green leaves highlighted with distinctive white stripes that trail spectacularly from hanging planters. Spider Plant grows in a wide range of conditions and is generally pest- and disease-free.
How to Care for your Spider Plant:
|LIGHT:||Aim for bright, indirect light when taking care of Spider Plants.|
|WATER:||Water the plants well, but do not allow a soggy condition to avoid root rot.|
|FEED:||Overfertilization may result in browning of leaf tips, so sparingly feed the plant. Use a general water-based houseplant fertilizer when feeding.|
|TOXIC:||Spider Plants are non-toxic to humans and pets.|
6) Silver Pothos (Scindapsus pictus hybrid)
A popular indoor hanging houseplant that gives an exciting and elegant display of silvery foliage.
Silver Pothos are famed houseplants known best for their green leaves with silver spots and edges. They’re relatives of the famed Sterling Silver Scindapsus. You’d often see them hanging from baskets or pots or climbing a moss pole, adding stunning greenery to indoor plant collections. These plants are native to Southeast Asia.
How to Care for your Silver Pothos:
|LIGHT:||These plants grow best in bright, indirect sunlight. Do not place in direct sunlight as it will scorch the leaves. Insufficient light, however, will make the leaves lose their variegation.|
|WATER:||Water thoroughly but allow the plant to dry out a little before rewatering.|
|FEED:||Feed monthly with half-strength 20-10-10 water-soluble fertilizer in spring through fall.|
|TOXIC:||Toxic to pets (may cause vomiting, appetite loss, mouth pain, etc.) and humans (may cause skin irritation if ingested)|
7) Indoor Hanging Plants: Marble Queen Pothos
A truly elegant plant and one of our favorite Pothos for indoor hanging planters.
A much-loved type of Pothos, Marble Queen Pothos adorns any space with its heart-shaped, green and white leathery leaves and long, cascading vines. As with other pothos plants, the Marble Queen Pothos, sometimes called the Devil’s Ivy, helps purify the air and beautify any room.
How to Care for your Marble Queen Pothos:
|LIGHT:||Whilst the pothos plant can grow happily in low light conditions, it grows best in medium to bright, indirect light|
|WATER:||Water thoroughly in spring, then allow the soil to dry out before the next watering.|
|FEED:||Feed half-strength fertilizer, preferably high in Nitrogen content, once every two months from spring through summer.|
|TOXIC:||These plants are highly toxic to pets. Ingestion may result in vomiting, loss of appetite, drooling and pawing at the mouth.|
8) Philodendron Lemon Lime (Philodendron hederaceum)
A type of climbing philodendron that presents stunning heart-shaped, yellow-green to lime-green foliage.
The heart-shaped leaves of P. hederaceum plants are perhaps their most attractive feature. However, in the case of Philodendron Lemon Lime, it’s also the yellow-green or lime-green color that makes it even more appealing to many. These plants are climbing philodendrons, making them perfect for indoor hanging baskets or containers.
How to Care for your Philodendron Lemon Lime:
|LIGHT:||Since they prefer bright, indirect sunlight, the best place for these plants is a window where they will receive sufficient but indirect light. Too much light will make the leaves turn yellow.|
|WATER:||Requires very little water. Water consistently, but make sure to allow the top part of the soil to dry before watering again.|
|FEED:||Fertilize once a month with regular houseplant fertilizer in spring and summer.|
|TOXIC:||These can be toxic to pets. The plants may cause abdominal discomfort when ingested.|
9) The Boston Fern (Nephrolepis exaltata)
An easy to grow and care type of fern that features lush sword-shaped leaves.
Boston Fern is one of the easiest ferns suited for indoor planting. A popular choice for hanging baskets, these plants display striking sword-shaped leaves that arch over and can grow about 1 ft to 3ft in length, giving an attractive form and façade.
How to Care for your Boston Fern:
|LIGHT:||Place your plant in an area where it will receive indirect sunlight.|
|WATER:||Water once or twice a week during the growing season and aim to keep the soil moist. Don’t water the plants during the winter.|
|FEED:||Feed half-strength all-purpose liquid fertilizer every other week during the growing season. Do not feed the plants during the dormant winter months.|
|TOXIC:||These plants are non-toxic to dogs and cats.|
10) Indoor Hanging Plants: The Philodendron Heartleaf (Philodendron cordatum)
A highly regarded indoor hanging plant that features heart-shaped leaves and looks great as an accent on tables or hanging plants.
Also called Sweetheart Philodendron or Heartleaf Philodendron, Philodendron Heartleaf plants make a superb addition to your indoor plant assortment. Its attractive heart-shaped leaves feature is one thing, but its easy-to-care nature is another. This plant can tolerate any form of neglect – from poor light to infrequent watering. It also helps remove formaldehyde from the air.
How to Care for your Philodendron Heartleaf:
|LIGHT:||This Philodendron plant tolerates low light, but grows best in medium to bright indirect light|
|WATER:||Water thoroughly and let the soil dry out before the next watering. Yellowing of leaves is a sign of overwatering, while browning often means insufficient watering.|
|FEED:||Fertilize once a month in spring and summer with a half-strength regular houseplant fertilizer.|
|TOXIC:||These plants have medium to severe toxicity.|
11) Bird’s Nest Fern (Asplenium nidus)
A must-have beautiful perennial fern with large, bright green fronds for your tropical indoor plant haven.
The Bird’s Nest Fern is a famed houseplant that showcases a beautiful display of lush greens as long as you give enough moisture and warmth. It loves humidity, so one ideal area to place it in your home is hanging near a window in your bedroom, living room, or bathroom. Give it proper care, and this plant will grow quite quickly as well.
How to Care for your Bird’s Nest Fern:
|LIGHT:||This plant prefers low to medium filtered light or light shade.|
|WATER:||Water the soil and not the plant directly to avoid mold and rot. As with other plants, keep the soil moist but not soggy.|
|FEED:||Feed monthly with weak liquid fertilizer during the growing season (April to September).|
|TOXIC:||Bird’s Nest Fern is non-toxic to humans and pets.|
12) Neon Prayer Plant
One of the most popular indoor hanging houseplants recognized for its distinctive, patterned foliage that brightens up any space in the house.
The Neon Prayer Plant is an easy houseplant. Give it the proper care, and it will reward you with a beautiful façade that works well as a decorative piece in your home.
The Neon Prayer Plants are famous for their vibrant green, oval leaves emphasized with herringbone-like neon yellow veining. Interestingly, the leaves fold at night, hence the name Prayer Plant.
How to Care for your Neon Prayer Plant:
|LIGHT:||Neon Prayer Plants prefer medium to bright indirect light.|
|WATER:||Water before the soil surface completely dries out. Mist the leaves regularly as these plants enjoy extra humidity.|
|FEED:||Fertilize every other week from spring to fall with a diluted at half-strength balanced, water-soluble fertilizer.|
|TOXIC:||Non-toxic to pets.|
13) Nepenthes Pitcher Plant
Perfect for those looking to add an easy-to-grow, showy carnivorous plant in their indoor hanging plant collection.
Native to Southeast Asia and northern Australia, Nepenthes Pitcher Plants grown as houseplants are a striking conversation starter. Many species and varieties are available, but the Nepenthes khasiana and Nepenthes alata, in particular, are an excellent choice for beginners. These plants, which show off glossy green leaves and fascinating pitchers, are easy to grow as indoor hanging houseplants.
How to Care for your Nepenthes Pitcher Plant:
|LIGHT:||It thrives best in partial sunlight with several hours of direct sun.|
|WATER:||Water frequently from above and mist daily. Do not allow standing water as this will encourage root rot.|
|FEED:||Fertilization is not necessary.|
|TOXIC:||This plant is non-toxic to pets.|
14) The Staghorn Fern
A well-liked and a staple fern in many indoor hanging plant collections because of its stunning display of foliage.
For many plant hobbyists, Staghorn Fern has always been a must-have piece in their indoor hanging houseplant collection. It is considered one of the best indoor hanging plants as its striking foliage and form give an unusual accent in a bare spot anywhere in the house. This decorative plant features two types of foliage: the lower heart-shaped leaves and the copious antler-shaped leaves.
How to Care for your Staghorn Fern:
|LIGHT:||Staghorn Fern plants grow well in partial shade to bright, indirect light.|
|WATER:||Water the plants once or twice a week, and keep the potting soil moist but not soggy.|
|FEED:||Feed the plants with a diluted regular liquid fertilizer once a month.|
|TOXIC:||Staghorn Fern is not toxic to humans and animals.|
15) String of Pearls (Senecio rowleyanus)
Another must-have vining plant with delicate strings of succulent bead-like leaves that look amazing in hanging planters.
The String of Pearls is an eye-catching succulent vining plant known best for their unique bead-like leaves. It grows fast and suits both outdoor and indoor conditions. Adding a quirky vibe to any space, this plant also displays tiny white flowers that smell like cinnamon.
How to Care for your String of Pearls:
|LIGHT:||These plants prefer bright, indirect light. A place near the window with natural light is ideal when growing indoors.|
|WATER:||They are sensitive to overwatering. Watering once every two weeks is ideal, but let the soil dry out at least ½ inch between watering.|
|FEED:||These plants do not need a lot of fertilizer, as too much feeding may kill the plant. Feed with half-strength fertilizer once every 2 to 4 weeks during growth in spring to mid-summer.|
|TOXIC:||The String of Pearls can be toxic to humans and animals.|
16) Footed Blue Star Fern
A fast-growing, stunning fern that gives a dramatic vibe to any space with its broad blue-green leaves.
Footed Blue Star Fern plants are native to South America, North America, and the Caribbean. They grow well as indoor hanging houseplants and can reach up to 33 inches in height in containers. One of the best indoor hanging plants, these ferns put on a dramatic display of broad, blue-green foliage.
How to Care for your Footed Blue Star Fern:
|LIGHT:||Ideal for home and offices as these plants require low to moderate light|
|WATER:||Water once a week or a little more during the growing season.|
|FEED:||Footed Blue Star Fern does not require a lot of fertilizers. Feed with some diluted regular fertilizer during the growing season.|
|TOXIC:||Non-toxic to humans and pets|
17) Inchplant / Wandering Jew (Tradescantia Zebrina)
A fast-growing and easy indoor hanging plant recognized for its boldly colored leaves.
Wandering Jew is a popular trailing indoor hanging houseplant that is native to Southern Mexico and Guatemala. You’d easily distinguish it from the other indoor hanging plants as it features unique foliage that can instantly brighten any space. The leaves are green to purple and highlight broad, silvery stripes. The flowers are small, boat-shaped, and rosy-purple.
How to Care for your Inchplant / Wandering Jew:
|LIGHT:||Wandering Jew plants prefer bright, indirect light. Too much shade will make the strips on the leaves fade.|
|WATER:||Water your plants when the top inch layer of the soil is dry. Overwatering will cause drooping yellow leaves.|
|FEED:||Fertilize once a month in spring to fall using half-strength general purpose indoor fertilizer.|
|TOXIC:||These plants are mildly toxic to humans and pets if ingested.|
18) The Arrowhead Plant (Syngonium podophyllum)
A versatile and beautiful indoor hanging houseplant that helps clean the air with its unusual arrowhead-shaped foliage.
The Arrowhead Plant (Syngonium podophyllum) is commonly cultivated as a houseplant. This striking, hard-to-kill plant is recognized for its variegated, arrowhead-shaped leaves.
Though relatively easy to grow, this air purifying plant requires a certain amount of maintenance, like pruning, to achieve its best look. Its versatility is a plus point, too. You can grow it as a bushy plant or allow it to trail and dangle.
How to Care for your Arrowhead Plant:
|LIGHT:||Arrowhead Plants do best in medium to low light or bright, indirect light.|
|WATER:||Arrowhead plants enjoy a thorough watering. Just be sure to let the soil dry a little before watering again.|
|FEED:||Feed monthly with a balanced fertilizer throughout the growing season.|
|TOXIC:||These indoor plants can be toxic to humans and pets. Their sap can cause skin irritation and vomiting.|
19) Burro’s Tail (Sedum morganianum)
A stunning succulent perennial plant with trailing stems, blue-green leaves, and pink to red blooms.
Burro’s Tail is a flowering perennial native to southern Mexico and Honduras. Also known as Donkey’s Tail or Horse’s Tail, this succulent plant produces aesthetically pleasing trailing stems and succulent blue-green leaves that form a braided pattern. It’s easy to grow and care, too, making it a natural decorative indoor hanging plant that suits any space in your home.
How to Care for your Burro’s Tail:
|LIGHT:||Burro’s Tail requires bright shade or partial sun. The leaves will scorch in direct sunlight.|
|WATER:||Water your plants every 10 to 14 days. Avoid overwatering as it may cause rot.|
|FEED:||Burro’s Tail plants generally won’t need fertilizing. However, you can still feed 2 to 3 times during the growing season (spring to summer) using a diluted or weak solution of fertilizer to boost growth if necessary.|
|TOXIC:||Non-toxic to pets and humans.|
20) English Ivy (Hedera helix)
An easy-to-grow perennial flowering vine that makes an attractive hanging houseplant for indoor use.
English Ivy (Hedera helix) is a flowering plant native to Europe and western Asia. This adaptable plant produces greenish flowers, though it is primarily grown for its evergreen foliage. Aside from being excellent ground covers and climbers, English Ivy is also a popular choice as an indoor plant for hanging planters.
How to Care for your English Ivy:
|LIGHT:||English Ivy prefers low to bright, indirect light.|
|WATER:||Water your English Ivy plants freely during the growing season.|
|FEED:||Feed the plants with balanced liquid fertilizer once a month, or with quarter-strength fertilizer when watering.|
|TOXIC:||These plants can be poisonous for humans and animals if ingested.|
21) The Chenille Plant (Acalypha hispida)
A tropical ornamental plant that features distinctive tassel-like flower clusters and adds a unique character to any space.
Native to the South Pacific, Chenille Plant is a tropical flowering shrub recognized for its exceptional and eye-catching long, tassel-like flower clusters. The large, bright green foliage likewise adds personality to the plant’s overall charm. Because the flowers can grow up to 18 inches long, it’s best to display Chenille Plants in hanging baskets or elevated pots.
How to Care for your Chenille Plant:
|LIGHT:||These plants perform best in full sun to partial shade.|
|WATER:||Water the plants freely, but let the soil dry a little before watering again.|
|FEED:||Feed the Chenille Plants using a balanced liquid fertilizer during the growing period.|
|TOXIC:||Chenille Plant is mildly toxic. The leaves and stems may cause nausea if ingested. Handling the flowers may cause skin irritation.|
22) String of Nickels (Dischidia nummularia)
A no-fuss trailing indoor plant with small, rounded leaves that’s perfect for hanging baskets, a small table, or top-shelf where it can dangle.
Commonly grown for its foliage, String of Nickels plants display clusters of tiny white or yellow flowers and small, rounded nickel-like succulent leaves. These attractive epiphytes are surprisingly easy to grow indoors in hanging baskets or on high shelves where they can trail and dangle.
How to Care for your String of Nickels:
|LIGHT:||These indoor plants prefer partial shade or bright shade to indirect sun. A half-day filtered sun is ideal.|
|WATER:||Fairly drought tolerant; Keep the growing medium moist but not soggy and mist the plants daily.|
|FEED:||Fertilizer is unnecessary.|
|TOXIC:||These plants may be toxic to humans or animals.|
Indoor Hanging Plant FAQ:
What Hanging Plants Grow Well Indoors?
As with all indoor houseplants, your precise living environment (in terms of available light, ambient temperature, and relative humidity) will primarily dictate which hanging plants will grow well. There are numerous plants that will happily tolerate low-light conditions (such as Marble Queen Pothos, Philodendron Heartleaf, and Bird Nest Ferns) as well as these that really need bright direct or indirect light for the majority of the day (such as Philodendron Lemon Lime, Silver Pothos, and Red Prayer Plants).
Do Indoor Hanging Plants Need Drainage?
Yes, we highly recommend all indoor hanging plants have some form of drainage system. That’s easy to create with a double pot system. Simply put your plastic pot with drainage holes (typically what your plant will arrive in) inside a solid decorative planter.
What’s the Best Planter to use for Indoor Hanging Plants?
We love classic ceramic planters that are available in a whole host of finishes. You’ll need to be considerate of size (and weight) depending on where you plan to attach the planter (a handyman can help!). Water-tight baskets also look great.
How often do Indoor Hanging Plants need Watering?
Every plant has its own preferences in terms of watering requirements. Again, your living environment will play a contributing factor but as a general rule, you should look to maintain a regular watering cycle pursuant to your plant’s specific needs (some plants prefer consistent moisture in the soil such as Red Prayer Plants whilst Spider Plants prefer the soil to drain completely in between watering cycles). Generally, look to water less during winter months and more frequently during the spring and summer season.
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