The Green Side of Living!

Hanging planter pots are the answer to nurture flora and fauna indoors and in the precincts of your home or other personal space with the idea of reveling consistently in the bliss and benefits of Nature.

‘A bad workman blames his tools’ - in this case- lazy folks blame their hectic lives, for not being able to devote time to what once was termed as gardening.

Hanging plant pots or baskets as they are also referred to break the shackles of conventional gardening and make your indoors not only lush but also spacious.

Leading my list of what to plant in hanging baskets which adapt very well to planter pots is the:

pothos plant in a pot

(Friendly) Pothos:

The Pothos (Epipremnum aureum) plant is a household favorite. A small cutting from a mother plant suffices to see it flourish speedily in both, water and dry soil. This plant needs fresh fertilizer once in three months and its cascading growth makes every surface look charming beyond words.

A noteworthy mention of this plant found amusing by all is its quirky nature that prevents a cutting e.g. in water resistant to growth in soil but on the flip side, they are known for purifying indoor air. Plants get fussy too, don’t they?

Pothos guide:

1. Growth Mediums – Water, dry soil
2. Fertilizer – Once in 3 months
3. Inception – Cuttings for growth
4. Advantage – Purifies indoor air
5. Disadvantage – Cuttings ;will grow only in the medium it is placed


snake plant in a pot

(Harmless) Snake Plant: 

Unlike its name, the Snake plant (Sansevieria trifasciata) does not hiss. I can assure you of that. This succulent plant is like a cat with nine lives. A strong plant in the real sense of the word ‘strong’, it can withstand harsh conditions. Its long snake-like leaves make for an interesting décor like none other.

Snake Plant guide:

1. Growth mediums – Average level of water or its roots begin to rot
2. Fertilizer – Regular during the initial stages. 50% less during winter
3. Inception – Cutting of a single leaf with frequent water change for leaf to develop roots.
4. Advantage – Purifies indoor air
5. Disadvantage – Is poisonous and should be kept away from children and pets.

english ivy plant in a pot

(Wild) English Ivy:

If you’ve never seen plants that grow along the stem, the English ivy (Hedera helix) is your first. I love watching these plants scale heights. They are known to climb their way to surfaces with the help of the small roots of the stems. These attractively shaped plants are often grown to shield distasteful walls and even structures. Any list of what to plant in hanging baskets would never be complete without them.

English Ivy guide:

1. Growth Mediums – Ample water, wet soil
2. Fertilizer – Only under rare conditions during which liquid fertilizer suffices
3. Inception – Fresh shoots from dead foliage
4. Advantage – Resists dry conditions
5. Disadvantage – Requires maintenance and regular pruning or becomes a breeding place for insects and birds

hoya plant in a pot

(Fragrant) Hoya:

An evergreen indoor plant, the Hoya (Hoya carnosa) plant thrives with the least maintenance. They make the most boring indoors look cheerful, thanks to their pink and white star-shaped flowers which emit a fragrant scent.

Hoya guide:

1. Growth mediums – Ample water , wet soil
2. Fertilizer – Regular (dependent on the climate)
3. Inception – Cuttings
4. Advantage – Resists dry conditions but is averse to extremely cool conditions
5. Disadvantage – Requires maintenance and regular pruning or becomes a breeding place for insects and birds

spider plant in a pot

(Intriguing) Spider Plant:

Perhaps this plant does complete justice to its presence in a hanging basket. Its beautiful green leaves are finely endowed with a white stripe running across the patina.

The Spider plant (Chlorophytum comosum), is rich in vitamins and micronutrients and make for a healthy diet, especially in under-developed countries. It includes high levels of Vitamin C, Calcium, Protein, Magnesium, Beta-carotene and potent anti-oxidants.

Spider plant guide:

1. Growth mediums – Ample water, medium to dry soil
2. Fertilizer – Once a month (Spring & Summer) or every fortnight
3. Inception – Small plantlets
4. Advantage – Nutrient plants
5. Disadvantage – Wither speedily in conditions of scarce water, contaminated water and fluoridated water

Plants are therapeutic and make for a soothing environment. People around the world have taken recourse to indoor plantation and have found the perfect answer on what to plant in hanging baskets for more than one reason.

They require less maintenance, less space and yet add an undeniable charm to the interiors. In some parts of the world, I have come across people who meditate on plants; how healing is that!

A natural object d’art, I personally take to plants in hanging baskets. Imagine open the doors to your home and being greeted with fine greenery all around.

On that note, let me share something really factual. You can speak to your plants with love and care and see them flourish beautifully. No kidding.

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