Interior decoration might not be everybody’s cup of tea out there but when it comes to creating a space that radiates calm, even the most inexperienced ones out there know the best way to do that: Indoor plants.
When it comes to sprucing up your house or your office space, spending on greens can do you a world of good. Using accent furniture and art to decorate your space is brilliant but when you decorate your indoor space with houseplants, you are not just adding a dash of green. You are also enhancing the quality of your life through these living organisms.
Even if you don’t normally notice a plant’s presence, having one around can subconsciously make you calm.
It is recommended to have one potted plant per 100 sq. ft. However, if you have space constrains or your floors and shelves are already overflowing with them, the next best solution is to hang them up.
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Now you might be thinking that anything goes in hanging planters but the most important thing to consider is- do they look good in them? Not every plant looks appealing when you’re viewing it from below- so you’re going to need something that falls gracefully over the edges and sides of the pot and is easy maintenance.
Read on to learn more about some of the best hanging plants to have around, including why they work and some tips for hanging them.
Air Plants (Tillandisa)
Tillandisa or Air Plants are a staple in almost every plant lover’s home primarily because they are one of the easiest to maintain.
They are not be placed in soil, do not require direct sunlight –bright, indirect sunlight or even artificial light works well enough and they require proper air circulation. All these and they are good to go.
Air Plants look pleasing to the eye and they can be used to decorate your home in various ways- you can use a glass bowl or a terrarium to display them or you can hang them with a fishing line.
Watch out for inward curling leaves, a sign that they are not getting enough water. If their tips begin to dry out, they are probably getting a little too much direct sunlight or are getting dry. Remedial measures are misting, watering and moving it out of direct sunlight as required.
Why they work: Air Plants need to be watered once a week, making them some of the easiest to care for and since they don’t require soil to survive, they are one of the best low maintenance plants to keep anywhere in the house!
Hanging Tip: Hang ‘em up in glass terrariums that are replete with random colourful trinkets. Keep your air plant around indirect or bright filtered light and just remember to check if the hanging terrariums have a large enough hole for air to circulate- after all, you wouldn’t want them to die on your watch!
String of Pearls (Senecio Rowleyanus)
Senecio Rowleyanus, also known as string-of-pearls or string-of-beads, is a perennial, succulent vine of the Asteraceae family.
You just need one string of pearls and you can simply grow new ones by planting more cuttings of the plant into the soil and letting them burgeon.
Those who have good gardening skills might just be able to get their string of pearls to produce small white flowers.
Since they like to be watered more often than other succulents, it is best to immerse them in a container that has drainage.
Why they work: Their perfectly round pearls are suffused with water, helping them survive for a long time even without water, which makes them very easy to care for; and the perfect insta-worthy succulent!
Hanging Tip: Best for houses with high ceilings, this plant is perfect for those who want to spice up their interiors with a fresh look. Place them in direct sunlight and make sure your plant has ample space to spread out.
Also, keep the plant out of reach of children and pets since it can be toxic when consumed.
Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum)
Commonly known as the ‘airplane plant’ or ‘ribbon plant’, coz of its spider-like leaves which trail down from the mother plant, similar to spiders on a web.
Perfect for those without any gardening skills, they are considered to be one of the most adaptable of indoor plants and can survive in just about any condition.
Their long, spindly leaves dangle around the sides of the pot which can be bothersome if the pot is placed on a shelf or windowsill but looks beautiful if it is placed in a hanging planter.
Why they work: The spider plants can take up a lot of space, making them perfect for those who want to fill up empty spots in their homes. Pet owners, rejoice- this one is definitely not toxic for your furry friends!
Hanging Tip: Hang it where it can get bright, indirect light and let them dry out between periods of watering. Use wide planters to ensure they don’t hang too low!
Orchids (Cattleya Orchid)
The Cattleya Orchids are a type that have more than 100 species and multiple hybrids, varying in colour, smell and size. Occasionally referred to as “Queen of Flowers”, they have big, eye-catching blooms that are used to create corsages and its uniquely shaped flowers are some of the brightest in the orchid world.
Why they work: They are pet-friendly and bloom gorgeous, aromatic flowers every year, making it a must-have for those who want to add a splash of colour to their aesthetic.
Hanging Tip: Water the Cattleyas every morning using tepid water and give it time to dry adequately before watering it again. Also, keep it where the plant can get a full blast of sunlight or else, they won’t bloom!
One of the best flowering plants to grow indoors, nasturtiums can be grown even with seeds provided they get the attention they need.
A perennial, climbing plant which can grow up to 11 inches- it is known for its medicinal properties.
It’s better to grow Nasturtiums in poor soil as this will help retain moisture. Use a potting mix that allows for fuller blooms.
Depending on where they grow, their taste can vary- they develop a sort of peppery taste if grown in sunlight and if exposed to partial shade and cooler weather, the flavour will be milder.
Why they work: Nasturtiums are entirely edible and can be used in everything from salads to appetizers which makes it a perfect addition to your kitchen décor.
Hanging Tip: It’s essential for the plant to receive 12 hours of sunlight to flourish so keep the plant near a window with bright light but no direct heat.
When it comes to indoor plants, there’s a wide variety of greens to choose from. Find those that suit you, your convenience and your space. If space is what you are short of, we still have covered. Find a couple of vibrant plants, decide where you would like to hang them and then make use of the large ceiling overhead.
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