Common Hanging House Plants

Selecting hanging house plants for your home not only adds beauty to your decor, but also improves the air quality inside. Some plant varieties fare better than others in an indoor environment. These plants are portable and can be placed in different light situations. Always check on what soil and lighting the plant prefers before planting and selecting a location for the plant.

Asparagus Fern

The asparagus fern, or Protasparagus setaceus, is an evergreen perennial vine that isn’t a fern at all. It has fern-like, feathery leaves that are stem clusters. It can spread up to 10 feet. This plant's flowers are small and white and typically bloom in the spring. Plant an asparagus fern in most any soil or light, with partial shade being most ideal.

Wandering Jew

The wandering jew plant, or Trandescantia zebrina, is a fast-growing, easy-to-grow perennial from the spiderwort family. It features succulent stems and hairy green-silver or green-burgundy leaves. The soil for this plant should be kept moist and mulched, with it hanging in bright shade or semi-shade with no direct sunlight. The sap from the plant can be a skin irritant, so care should be taken when handling this plant.

English Ivy

English ivy, or Hedera helix, is an evergreen vine. Ivy clings to everything because of its aerial rootlets. You can choose many variations in the leaves, from different colors to various styles. English ivy produces tiny, nearly unseen flowers and black poisonous berries. English ivy should be planted in rich moist soil and provided partial sun or shade conditions. Make sure this plant and all hanging plants get good air circulation to avoid fungus.

Spider Plant

The spider plant, or ribbon plant, is also known as Chlorophytum comosum. Another easy-to-grow and fast-growing perennial, this grass-like plant has small white flowers at the ends of its stalks and features linear leaves and smaller spider plant offshoots on stalks as well. It grows in any lighting, soil, air quality or temperature and does prefer a plant food feeding in the summer.

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