Just hang out? No problem with these plants. We show you the ten most beautiful hanging plants that are hard to kill. Casual, stylish, or yet quite elegant: plants with hanging shoots add that certain something to any room. With their long shoots that pour over the edge of the pot like a waterfall and (depending on the strength of growth) only stop at the floor, they are often the eye-catcher in the room.
At the same time, the green room companions are still guarantors of a better indoor climate and can be integrated into the interior design in many ways. Whether in a tall pot, as a wall hanging, or in the classic hanging basket – hanging plants almost always cut a fine figure. Here you can find out which hanging plants are not only particularly beautiful but also so robust that they can survive without any problems, even for people without a green thumb.
The Heart Leaf Philodendron (Philodendron scandens) is more familiar to most as a plant growing upright around a moss stick. What at least know: Climbing philodendron can also be cultivated impeccably as a hanging plant, such as in a hanging basket. With its firm, heart-shaped leaves, which can later grow up to 30 cm in size, it is perfect as a green indoor decoration. Fortunately, the climbing philodendron is not only very beautiful but also very robust. Thus, diseases occur very rarely, and apart from fertilizing and watering, the only care measure that occurs from time to time is the dusting of the leaves.
With a length of up to one meter and a strong pinnation, the leaves of the sword fern (Nephrolepsis exaltata) are hard to miss. Depending on the species, the striking leaves grow upright, but also overhanging – varieties with twisted or wavy fronds are particularly beautiful. But not only its beautiful leaves make the sword fern a great hanging houseplant: it is also very easy to care for. It only needs a little water now and then and some fertilizer. But you should not give it too much of a good thing: The sword fern reacts sensitively to waterlogging, which can occur with excessive watering.
Most people know the common ivy (Hedera helix) as a climbing plant on house facades or trees – but the robust climber is also not to be despised as an indoor plant. Especially as a hanging plant, the ivy impresses not only with its great leaves but also with its extremely robust nature. Thus, apart from regular watering and (if necessary) fertilizing, the ivy does not require any further care. Instead, the plant is even perfect for rooms that are dark and where many other plants have problems. However, ivy has one drawback: unfortunately, the plant is slightly toxic and can cause skin irritation when touched, so it is rather unsuitable for households with small children or animals.
We know the asparagus (Asparagus offincinalis) more like a delicious dish than as an ornamental plant – but its little brother, the ornamental asparagus (Asparagus densiflorus), also convinces with its beauty as a great hanging plant. The undemanding and very low-maintenance leafy ornamental plant looks very similar to the classic asparagus and convinces with its finely fanned leaves, which is why it is also popular as a binding green in bouquets. When the ornamental asparagus blooms (which happens irregularly and only with good care), it is adorned with small white flowers that develop into extremely decorative red berries. Unfortunately, these are highly poisonous and therefore in no way suitable for consumption.
“Robust” and “persistent” are probably the two words that best describe the Goldbeard (Callisia fragrans). Thus, the plant makes few demands when it comes to its environment and care. It prefers a room temperature between 18 and 22 °C and needs only sparing watering, only direct sunlight should be avoided. With its almost rosy foliage leaves, which often have a reddish tinge, the goldbeard is already an attractive houseplant. However, if the goldbeard is well cared for, it will develop a spreading inflorescence that will make it a real eye-catcher. In Russia, the goldbeard is not only a popular houseplant because of its beauty, but is also often used as a “living pharmacy” – so the plant is said to be able to help with various ailments.
Whether indoors or outdoors: as long as the temperatures are above 10 °C, green lilies (Chlorophytum comosum) will grow almost anywhere. The plant prefers bright locations, but it does not require much care. In order for it to thrive, watering can be abundant, otherwise, it only requires a little fertilizer from time to time. Besides its beautiful and dense head of leaves, from which long hanging flower shoots grow, its good influence on the indoor climate is a particular advantage of the green lily. Thus, it is one of the best air-purifying plants and efficiently cleans especially polluted indoor air.
This flower is really nothing to be ashamed of – the pubic flower (Aeschynanthus), with its hanging, tubular flower clusters and fleshy leaves, is probably one of the most beautiful hanging plants. Especially its flowers, which shine in red, orange, or yellow during the summer months, make the pubic flower a real eye-catcher. At temperatures between 20 and 25 °C, it rarely needs water and can be fertilized a little every two to three weeks. In winter, the plant can be kept almost dry for four to five weeks: This dry period stimulates the flowering of the pubic flower and you can look forward to especially many flowers next year.
String Of Pearls
If you see the string of pearls (Senecio herreanus), also called “pea on a ribbon”, for the first time, you will immediately recognize why the plant bears its name. You might almost think that someone has painstakingly strung thousands of green balls on strings – but in fact, they are the small, round leaves of the pearl cord, which can reach down to the ground on vines. However, the small leaves not only make the pearl string an extravagant eye-catcher but also store water for dry periods. So it’s no wonder that the pearl cord is extremely easy to care for – it only needs to be watered when the substrate is completely dry.
As a climbing plant, the ivy (Epipremnum) is well known, but also as a hanging plant, the evergreen plant makes no bad figure – so the ivy placed in hanging baskets weaves a dense curtain of leaves, which also makes a decorative room divider. Last but not least, its frugal and persistent nature makes it extremely popular as a houseplant. It can tolerate occasional drought or long watering intervals and does not require fertilizer. In addition, its leaves are also extremely decorative and often show patterns in white, cream, or yellow. Furthermore, ivy is known for its air-improving effect – exhaust fumes, cigarette smoke, and formaldehyde are reliably absorbed by the plant and the air quality in the rooms is thus sustainably increased.
In addition to ivy, there are other air-purifying plants. In this article, you will find our top 10.
It doesn’t necessarily look like a cactus, but it belongs nonetheless: The coral cactus (Rhipsalis cassutha) impresses especially with its bushy, long overhanging shoots and looks great both as a potted plant, but also in the plant 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 major care mistakes, therefore makes it a perfect beginner plant. In a warm, semi-shaded location indoors, for example, it only needs water once a week and fertilizer about once a month to thrive optimally. Repotting is usually only very rarely necessary.