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Types of Hanging Plants

Hanging plants add height to a room and draw your eyes up from floor level. They can be hung directly in front of a window or in the interior of a room. Many varieties of houseplants can be grown in hanging pots, but not all of them have the graceful arching leaves, stems or fronds of ferns, ivy or spider plants.


Ferns are available in many different varieties, including several that are suitable for growing indoors. The most well-known indoor ferns is perhaps the Boston fern. It has fronds that arch over the side of the pot and that grow up to two feet long. Asparagus ferns get their name from the tiny, lacy leaves that look like the foliage of asparagus plants. A birds' nest fern has shorter fronds and wide, chunky looking leaves. Most ferns require bright, indirect light and lots of humidity.

Spider Plants

Spider plants come in solid green or variegated varieties. They have long, spiked leaves that grow up from the crown of the plant and arch over the side of the pot. They reproduce by sending up long stems that develop miniature spider plants at their ends and occasionally, tiny white or lavender flowers. Spider plants prefer bright, indirect light.


Ivy comes in many varieties suitable for growing indoors as hanging plants. Their leaves can be flat or ruffled and some varieties are variegated. A different type of ivy, called Swedish ivy, has rounded leaves with scalloped edges. All varieties of ivy grow roots easily from cuttings placed in a glass of water. Most ivies prefer bright, indirect light rather than the intense sunlight of a south-facing window.

Philodendron or Pathos

These vining plants have heart shaped leaves that grow along their stems. Some varieties are dark green and others are variegated with abstract-looking splotches of cream on their medium green leaves. They respond well to trimming and in response will branch out and grow new stems from their roots. Philodendron and pathos prefer lower light and will thrive in a north-facing window.

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