Hanging plants can brighten any room, but there are several things to take into consideration when deciding how to hang a plant from the ceiling: the type of ceiling; the weight of the plant; the amount of light the plant will receive in the designated space; and the type of care the plant will need. By putting a little thought into planning, hanging plants will thrive in your home.
Research the type of plant that you want to hang. Learn what its light requirements are and what type of maintenance it will need.
Select a location to hang your plant that will provide the proper requirements.
Choose a hook that will work well in your location, according to the type of ceiling you have. Many ceilings have rafters spaced an equal distance apart, with nothing solid to screw a hook into, in between. For areas with no solid support, it is best to use the type of hook that has a butterfly anchor, which folds as you push it through a drilled hole and then opens to provide support once it is clear. For locations where rafters are located, a standard metal screw hook will work well. Press-on, adhesive hooks are not recommended because plants can get very heavy and are likely to fall if not supported properly.
Pick a container for your plant that is lightweight. Heavy clay pots or ceramic pots are not recommended for hanging plants. Some plastic pots come with built-in hangers, or there are many yarn and macramé hangers that you can use to suspend a hanging plant. Wire baskets also work well in areas where water on the ground is not a problem, such as decks and patios.
Secure the hook into the ceiling, following the instructions for the specific type of hook.
Hang the potted plant from the hook and tug a little to be certain it will support the plant's weight. Water and care for your plant as necessary.
Things You Will Need
- Plant reference books
- Drill (required only for butterfly anchor-type hooks)
- Plant in pot or basket
- Plant hanger or macramé hanger (optional)