There are so many ways that we can grow plants in our house- hanging the plants from the ceiling, putting the pots on a rack to create a display or grow them in the terrarium and the most recent development in the form of vertical gardens. Most of the times the plants are placed within reach as taking care becomes easy and if you are tight on space it may spoil the fun of bringing variety in the house or just ruin the floors as you take care of the daily needs of the plants- so what is the solution? How one can bring a variety of plants into small spaces- the answer is clear by using hanging planters.
Many types of plants work in hanging planters, but not all of them looks good and hence today we will talk about the plants that you can hang and decorate your dream balcony. In addition, to the plants there are also various hanging methods recommended that you can use.
Arrowhead Plants: Syngonium podophyllum also known as Arrowhead plants or five fingers. All the names are given because of the shape of the leaves of the plant. The leave is like an arrow from the tip and then grows out to be like finger. The plant will grow into long vine over the time so there is no need to prune or trim the leaves as the longer it will grow the more it will create a falling from the basket effect. The plants are also available in green, pink and burgundy color- so suit yourself! Arrowhead plants like humid conditions so can be grown in the shady area of the balcony, you can also grow this plant inside of your house. Use can use a medium sized cup as the container and try to suspend these plants higher as it allows the vines to dangle down.
Petunia: Bright, beautiful and overflowing as youth dreams, petunias are a summer staple. One of the most popular flowering annuals, petunias pep up your patio with flowers and fragrance from spring through first frosts. The cascading grandiflora petunias work well for hanging baskets, offering large flowers 3 to 4 inches across. If you start your plants from seed, count on waiting about 10 weeks before you can plant the petunias in the basket.
Combine one-part soil mix for hanging baskets to one-part loam-based potting soil. Moisten the soil mixture. Fill lined hanging baskets with soil to about 3 inches below the rim. Press down the soil lightly to compact it. Cut some slits in the hanging basket liner in an X shape 3 inches below the rim of the basket. Plant one seedling pot through each hole into the soil in the hanging basket. Water the hanging basket regularly, but allow the soil to dry between watering.
Bird’s Nest Fern (Asplenium nidus): these plants are epiphytes in the wild, meaning that they can latch onto other plants to grow. The shape of their leaves depends on the amount of sun they get. More sun exposure will give their leaves a scrunched-up look and less sun will flatten out their leaves. Less sun is usually better because overexposure turns them yellow. Since they originate from tropical rainforests, bird’s nest ferns also love humidity. This makes them another great plant to keep in humid part of the house. Grow these plants in wood or stone then mount on the wall for a unique plant display.
Impatiens: These flowers look adorable in a hanging basket and are perfect if you are looking to hang your basket in your balcony garden. Found in reds, pinks, yellows, purples, and whites, these summer blossoms are a great addition of color to any living space. They require minimal care, just place them in an area that receives moderate sunlight and keeps the soil moist all the time.
Burro’s Tail (Sedum morganianum): these hanging houseplants are succulents, which means that they can tolerate long period of time without water and prefer lots of sunshine. Their thick and fleshy leaves are common for the succulent family since they allow them to retain water over time. These indoor hanging plants do best in lots of space where they’re free to trail down without bumping into anything. Keep these plants in a large hanging basket with some colorful succulents.
Portulaca: Also known as sun rose is a great plant variety to grow if you live in a hot and dry region. These tiny flowers come in a variety of colors and are super easy to maintain. All they need is direct sunlight and occasional watering in order to thrive.
Chenille Plant (Acalyphahispida): Chenille plants grow quickly and can reach great lengths if given proper care. In its native habitat, this plant can grow as tall as 15 feet. However, this plant only grows up to 6 feet when grown domestically. Pruning back these hanging plants promotes new growth and is ideal if you keep them long and healthy. The plant’s fuzzy red flowers, which are actually a bunch of pistils clustered together, mixture of red and green color scheme gives a pop to your balcony. Due to their wide spread, hang these plants high, away from high traffic areas.
Geranium: These low- maintenance plants are perfect for any hanging basket. Found in an array of different colors, they can fit any kind of space with grace. All they need is moderate amounts of sunlight, deep watering and well-drained soil. They are very well-known for their ability to repel flies in the summer.
Golden Pothos: The golden pothos sports an elegant look thanks to its variegated golden-yellow leaves. Gove your pothos a moderate amount of light to bring out its colors. This is one of the best indoor hanging plants you can keep in your bedroom as well as in your balcony since they purify airborne toxins, which helps you breathe easier and a better sleep.
Begonia: These waxy blooms add an interesting aspect to your garden. These annuals give many blooms in their lifetime, as long as proper care is provided. Make sure the soil remains moist, but not wet; this is an important part in their care. Place them in a sunny spot to get the best bloom.
English Ivy: English Ivy is a common plant you’ll normally see covering stones or brick walls on building exteriors. You can duplicate the same effect in your home to create a beautiful ivy wall. For a more contained look, you can let the leaves dangle loose from a hanging basket. These showy indoor plants are best for creating a professional looking garden. English ivy is also best for rooms with lots of space since they grow very long. Keep the basket in a space where there is a larger space to give their long vines room to grow.
String of Pearls: the string of pearls is a trendy plant with a distinctive look. Their plump round pearls are filled with water to help them survive long periods of drought. This plant’s sprawling nature is perfect for homes with high ceiling and lots of vertical space. If you take proper care of the plant you can get your string of pearls plant to bloom white flowers.