How to Hang Indoor Plants

Overview

Hanging a indoor plant is usually not a difficult job, as long as you follow a few simple rules. The process can be completed relatively quickly. The main things to consider when putting up hanging plants is the location and the factors surrounding that location. Thus, a hanging plant may be somewhat more difficult to place than a typical shelf or table plant. Still, with just a little forethought, the process can go relatively smoothly and the plant should provide years of enjoyment.

Step 1

Buy hooks or rings that actually screw into the ceiling, not ones that simply adhere to it. Though adhesive products may initially hold the plant and be more convenient to use, subsequent waterings and age could weaken the bond, eventually causing the adhesive to fail and the plant to fall.

Step 2

Make sure the pot is designed to be hung. Not all plant pots can be suspended easily and some may even break under the strain. Plastic pots are often best for hanging, especially if they have larger rims around the top and some may even include their own hooks and lines. You may also use wire baskets and a liner.

Step 3

Check where your ceiling joists are. This can often be done with a stud finder. Never install an anchor into non-reinforced plaster, as such materials are not designed to hold significant weights and even a modest potted plant could easily pull the anchor out.

Step 4

Anchor the hardware as securely as possible. Before putting the plant on it, try to test it with a dead weight that is close to the weight of the plant, just to ensure it will hold. Install the plant where it will receive plenty of light. The lighting near the ceiling could be different than at eye level, so be careful when choosing a location.

Step 5

Test to see if the plant is easily reachable with a watering can. Plants that are harder to take care of because they are out of reach are more likely to be neglected and not provide the flowers or growth as desired.

Step 6

Use a drip pan to catch any excess water, which is likely more common with hanging plants if the soil is not easily reachable. This is especially critical if there are electrical components or furniture under the plant that could be ruined by water.

Tips and Warnings

  • If possible, never hang potted plants over valuable equipment or directly over a place where people are often present. This will minimize damage in the event the potted plant would fall.

Things You'll Need

  • Hooks or rings
  • Plant pot
  • Plants

References

  • Learn2grow: Build a Plant Stand
  • Do It Yourself: Caring for Hanging Garden Plants

Who Can Help

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  • Grow Flowers Indoors: Tips to Select Hanging Plant Holder
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About this Author

Ken Black is a freelance writer and a staff writer for The Times Republican in Central Iowa. He has written extensively on a variety of topics, including business, politics, family life and travel.