How to Hang Indoor Planters


A hanging basket can add vertical interest to your indoor garden. There are many houseplants with trailing foliage that adapt well to hanging basket container culture, such as the fern or the spider plant. A plant placed in a hanging basket can take advantage of window light in a location where you could not otherwise put a container plant. Hanging planters can also brighten up an otherwise dull corner or wall.

Step 1

Locate the wooden studs in your walls and ceiling with a stud sensor. Mark the stud location lightly with a pencil. If you are trying to locate the studs along a ceiling, use a ladder to reach the ceiling. Do not attempt to anchor a planter in a section of wall if there is no wooden stud backing that section of wall. According to the Alabama Cooperative extension system, a hanging basket filled with wet potting soil is heavy enough to pull an anchor out of a lightweight anchor such as a plywood wall or plaster ceiling.

Step 2

Select a ¼ inch drill bit and drill a tiny hole into the surface. This will create a starting channel for a heavy duty screw hook to make it easier to attach the screw hook to the location.

Step 3

Screw a heavy duty screw hook into the location that you've chosen. Hang potted plants with hooks or chains by hooking them through the screw hook.

Step 4

Change the drill head from a drill to a Phillips screw driver bit.

Step 5

Attach planters to a wall by holding a wall bracket up to the marked wall stud. Insert a mounting screw through the bracket's screw hole and place the point against the wall.

Step 6

Press the Philips screw driver bit against the screw and drive the screw into the wall with the drill.

Step 7

Place a planter into the planter mounting bracket.

Things You'll Need

  • Ladder
  • Stud sensor
  • Pencil
  • Drill
  • ¼-inch drill bit
  • Phillips drill bit
  • Heavy duty screw hook
  • Mounting brackets


  • Louisiana State University Extension: Hanging Baskets
  • University of Minnesota Extension: Outdoor-Indoor Geranium Culture
  • Alabama Cooperative Extension System: Greenhouse Production of Flowering Hanging Basket

Who Can Help

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Tracy S. Morris has been a freelance writer since 2000. She has published two novels and numerous online articles. Her work has appeared in national magazines and newspapers, including "Ferrets," "CatFancy," "Lexington Herald Leader" and "The Tulsa World."