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Hanging plants bring a beautiful splash of live nature to your home, whether used indoors or out. In fact, plants that are hung in windows serve to enhance both your indoor and outdoor view. Indoors, plants have the extra benefit of keeping your air fresh and clean.
Hardware and Hanging Methods
There are several different ways to hang plants: One of the easiest and most popular is with hooks inserted into the ceiling or window casement. Swiveling hooks are especially convenient because they allow you to easily turn the plant on a regular basis so that it can receive even natural light through the window. One of the most important factors when using plant hooks is to be sure that the hook is sturdily mounted into the window’s wood casing, a ceiling stud or with a drywall anchor bolt that will keep the hook from slipping through the ceiling.
You can also opt to hang your plants with decorative wall hooks that mount on the wall instead of the ceiling. They have a long arm that keeps the plant away from the wall and can add some old fashioned charm to a room. Tension poles that span from floor to ceiling can also be used to hang a grouping of several plants. Whatever method you choose, be sure to hang your plants so that they are easily accessible; this will make it easier for you to water and care for them.
Indoor Design Ideas
Hanging plants can be used to solve a plethora of design dilemmas. For example, if a room has high ceilings that feel looming and cold, hanging plants from the ceiling will bring the room down to a size that’s more intimate and comfortable. They can also be hung in a window and used as a window treatment when you need some privacy but still want natural light to gently filter through the window. Hanging plants look especially attractive in a bow or bay window and make the window more inviting from both inside and outside points of view.
Plants that have trailing or vining habits are ideal for indoor hanging displays and varieties such as pothos, ivy or philodendron are popular and easy to care for. Wandering jew plant and ferns are also classic indoor house plants. Be sure to choose plants that match the bright or low light conditions in the area where you plan to hang them and follow directions on the plant label for watering, fertilizing and general care.
Outdoor Design Ideas
Nothing is more welcoming than a hanging basket of colorful flowers on a porch or patio. During spring and summer months, local nurseries will have a great variety of hanging plants that are suited to either sun or shade conditions. You can also buy individual plants and make your own combination in a hanging pot; just be sure to combine plants that like the same conditions, such as sun or shade and the same level of moisture. If you live in an area with frequent strong winds, be sure to choose varieties that can withstand the wind. With any hanging plant, it’s always wise to set hanging plants down on the porch or deck if a storm is brewing.
Remember that hanging plants dry out much faster than other outdoor potted plants and when the weather is over 80 degrees, it’s often necessary to water them twice a day. Add a slow-release fertilizer to your plants at the beginning of the season to feed them all season long; occasional extra doses of diluted liquid fertilizer will keep them looking lush well into the fall. To make your hanging plants last longer as fall approaches, take it into a garage or shed for the night if frost is predicted.
In addition to hanging plants from your porch or trellis roof, you can also display hanging plants from a shepherd’s hook or from a decorative wall hook set into a fence post, so that you can have beautiful, colorful flowers wherever you want them.