Gardeners, take note: the trend of vertical gardening has entered your local living room. It's not that a houseplant on the windowsill or a tree tucked into the corner has become outmoded. Rather, there are some features of hanging baskets that capture our admiration and enhance our interior design in a way ordinary potted plants cannot. First of all, houseplants in hanging baskets go hand-in-hand with the tiny house craze, as they are major space-savers. Second of all, nothing complements trailing plants better than an elevated planter. Finally, adding hanging baskets to an existing collection of houseplants creates a layered look, with plants from floor to ceiling. Discover eight houseplant subjects ready to grace your hanging baskets for the kitchen, living room, or even bathroom.
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Who can resist touching the fuzzy catkins of the Acalypha hispida? Chenille plants are fun specimens for the annual container garden, but they also take well to indoor culture, provided you have a bright south or east-facing window for them to gain the energy to produce their year around blooms. Chenille plants also like lots of water and nutrients, and you can kill two birds with one stone by irrigating them with compost tea.
02 of 08
The unusual succulent beads of the Senecio rowleyanus plant look stunning in contemporary homes that feature bold and trendy design elements. Like most succulents, the string of pearls plant thrives in bright light and soil that is kept on the dry side. If your plant is happy, it may even reward you with small white flowers. Trim your string of pearls plant if the ends get too sparse.
03 of 08
Aeschynanthus specimens bring cheer to winter households when they bloom for several weeks. Lipstick vines are available in red, pink, or orange, and they make excellent houseplants as they tolerate low light conditions and infrequent watering. Purchase the largest plant you can find to get blooms in the first season. Do not prune the lipstick vine until flowering is complete, as buds form on the tips of the plant.
04 of 08
The same plant that spices up your meals also makes an interesting plant for indoor hanging baskets. Piper nigrum plants need sufficient light to produce the berries that we know as peppercorns, but it might be worth it to indulge in a supplementary plant light to achieve this feat. Pepper plants might be several years old before you see any blooms. Plants grow to a reasonable three feet in container culture. A summer vacation outdoors will help to maintain plant vigor.Continue to 5 of 8 below.
05 of 08
Named for its cheerful orange blooms, the Nematanthus also goes by "Christmas holly" due to its winter flowering time. The goldfish plant is a petite specimen that can grace a smaller hanging basket over your kitchen sink or in a half bath. Plants do well in low light or northern-facing windows. The goldfish plant is an epiphyte which uses trees for support in its native habitat. Try a chunky orchid potting mix to keep roots healthy.
06 of 08
Queen's tears fall into the Billbergia category of bromeliad plants. Like other bromeliads, queen's tears plants produce many pups or offshoots you can remove and replant to increase your collection. Although queens tears grows well in both high and low light conditions, the plants must have short days to trigger autumn bud formation. Therefore, allowing the plant to experience only natural light yields the best blooming results. Queen's tears are more cold tolerant than many indoor houseplants and do fine as long as temperatures are above 40 degrees F.
07 of 08
Pitcher plants from the hardy Sarracenia genus exhibit upright pitchers, but those of the tropical Nepenthes genus are meant for hanging baskets with their dangling pitchers. Tropical pitchers have very specific growth requirements but are easy to grow when these are met: give the plants high light, no fertilizer, and constant moisture. Although pitcher plants are carnivorous, resist the urge to fill pitchers with flies and grasshoppers, which may rot. The occasional gnat is more than enough for an indoor pitcher plant.
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Pothos plants like this Scindapsus pictus argyraeus are so popular for beginners because they are classified as "no-kill" plants by some. Variegated leaves tumble over the sides of hanging baskets, or cling to supports by aerial rootlets. The satin pothos likes low light and moist soil, but will tolerate dry spells.