Hanging plants provide greenery and color to areas of your house that aren't suited to regular potted plants. They also allow you to have indoor greenery if you have pets or children that would otherwise get into or damage your plants. Hanging your houseplants properly ensures they receive the proper amount of care needed to thrive indoors. Finding the right place to hang them that provides ample sunlight and is secure is the first step to a successful hanging garden.
Choose a container with drainage holes and attached drip tray, so water doesn't drip on your floor when watering. Create your own hanging container by drilling four holes at equal distances around a planter rim and attaching chains to the holes to hang the plant from.
Add one part compost and one part peat moss to improve the quality of standard potting mix. Mix in 2 tbsp. ground limestone and 2 tsp. 5-10-10 fertilizer per gallon of soil to ensure it has the proper nutrient level.
Plant your established houseplant or a new houseplant into the hanging planter. Plant it to the same depth it was in its previous pot and water it afterward to collapse any air pockets in the soil around the roots.
Choose the window you want to hang the plant near, keeping in mind the light requirements of the plant. Choose a south-facing window for plants that require full sunlight and a west- or east-facing window for those that require partial sun. Low-light plants grow successfully in north windows.
Find a stud in the ceiling near the window you have chosen. Pass a stud finder, available at hardware stores, over the ceiling until it signals the placement of a stud. Mark the spot with a pencil.
Drill a hole where you marked, using a bit one size smaller than your plant hook. Screw the hook into the hole until it is in completely. Tug on it to make sure it is secure.
Hang the planter from the hook, using the chains or cords attached to it. Have someone help you if the planter is heavy. They support the bottom of the planter as you guide the hangers onto the hook.