How to Hang Plants

Hanging plant held by a screw hook. image by MUmland, Morguefile - All Images

Overview

Hanging plants offer an aspect of vertical gardening that allows the homeowner to bring the plants right at eye level. Hanging plants add greenery to dull rooms, porches and decks with abundant choices in hanging plant baskets. Learning how to hang a plant will help protect your investment of time and money in your hanging plants. These beautiful floral displays will be more visible in your living spaces. Whether you're adding an indoor potted plant in a macramé hanger or a wire basket hanger outdoors, the following method will help secure the planter.

Step 1

Locate an area with the correct environment for the plant. Each plant has specific light and moisture requirements, so make sure you evaluate these needs before placing a hanging plant in a particular area. Simply watch the movement of the sun to evaluate exposure.

Step 2

Choose the correct kind of support for each planter. Large hanging baskets require a stronger hook than the simple white metal hook used for lighter plants. Consider using a supportive wrought iron bracket or stronger metal hook to secure the plant to your porch, deck or exterior walls.

Step 3

Locate a section of wood stud or decking to hold and support the screws. Stud finders come in handy when searching for indoor supportive beams hidden behind drywall ceilings or walls. When the stud finder blinks or beeps, you've located the wooden support.

Step 4

Mark the proper location with a pencil mark. If you're installing a bracket, hold the bracket at the proper level, and make pencil tic marks in the center of the screw holes.

Step 5

Hold the S hook in one hand against the wall and the hammer in the other. Tap the hammer a few times to begin sinking the screw into the wood. Twist the plant hooks by hand directly into the wall after the initial hammering to encourage the screw to grab the wood. Twist the hook until it's flush with the wall. Wrap the hook in a small rag, and use pliers to tighten the hook if turning by hand becomes too difficult.

Step 6

Install a planter bracket by placing the bracket against the wood or drywall. Use the correct screwdriver, and sink one screw at a time into the wood. Don't tighten completely until you install all the screws. A slightly loose bracket will allow for some adjustment to straighten the bracket. Tighten all screws firmly when the bracket is level.

Things You'll Need

  • Hammer
  • Pencil
  • Metal plant hooks (screw type)
  • Pliers
  • Rag
  • Phillips screwdriver
  • Flat head screwdriver
  • Brackets (with screws)
  • Stud finder

References

  • EHow: How to Locate Wall Studs
  • EHow: How to Hang a Potted Plant
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About this Author

S.F. Heron is an avid gardener with over three years of experience in online writing and a working background in aviation and earth and ocean sciences. She is published on various websites and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in journalism from the University of Maryland.

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