When there is no room for a tabletop or floor-sized plant, consider a hanging plant. They brighten up the upper portion of the room or patio and can even serve as a room divider. The best plants to grow as hanging specimens have leaves or branches that arch over the sides of their pots, creating a living, hanging abstract sculpture.
The most graceful of all hanging plants, ferns are members of the plant division known as Pteridophyta. Their long, gracefully arching fronds hang down well below the bottom of the pot. Their center rosette will continue to enlarge as the plant ages, eventually outgrowing the surface of the pot, which is when you should transplant it. Ferns grow best in bright indirect light, not in the direct sunlight of a south- or west-facing window. Don't allow their soil to dry out. They should be watered when the surface of the soil feels dry to the touch.
A fast-growing, branching, vining plant, wandering jew (Tradescantia spp.) is tailor made to grow as a hanging plant. Its leaves are medium green with wide gray margins and purple undersides. It branches out easily when the growing tip is pinched. Small cuttings can be easily rooted and added to the pot to create an even larger specimen. Grow wandering jew in bright light. It will grow stockier and show darker color when grown in direct sun. Water when the soil is dry one-half inch below the surface.
English ivy (Hedera helix), Swedish ivy (Plectranthus spp.) and grape ivy (Cissus rhombifolia) are all suitable for growing as hanging plants, whether indoors or out. Pot-grown English ivy has smaller leaves than the type that climbs up buildings, but it has a similar shape and growth habit. Swedish ivy is a light green with rounded, scalloped leaves and tough, dark brown vines. Grape ivy is dark green and its leaves are shaped like grape leaves, hence its common name. All ivy should be grown in bright indirect light indoors and in dappled shade outdoors. Water when the surface of the soil is dry to the touch.
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