If you happen to be like most “space-saver” folks these days, having full sized pots for larger indoor plants is not always an option for decorating your workplace or home. The good news is that there are some amazingly simple, yet elegant hanging plant alternatives to sprucing up your indoor habitat that can conform to almost any spatially-challenged area.
The Swedish Ivy, also commonly known as Swedish begonia, have a unique and alluring vine-like growth pattern. They tend to produce purplish or white tube-like flowers that typically bloom in the spring and last through the summer. The ease with which to care for this particular plant makes them a popular choice for even beginners who are new to growing.
These plants do very well in bright, indirect light, and with the right soil conditions, can grow very quickly with a relatively low amount of maintenance.
Another very popular and common household plant that is great for hanging is the Pothos. This very hardy, lovely, and easy-to-care-for plant family is ideal for folks looking for a plant with plenty of growth potential, but also provides health benefits by having surprisingly potent air-purifying capability.
The Pothos flourishes in draft-free areas where there is plenty of bright, indirect sunlight, and some can develop a beautiful marbling of the leaves if it’s light, watering, and ventilation requirements are met. Pothos are great for hanging, and can achieve larger leaves and growth with a support pole to allow it to grow vertically.
There are several popular types within the Pothos family, such as the Golden Pothos, Marble Queen Pothos, and the Jade Pothos. Each one has its own distinctive visual flavor, such as golden-green leaves, lovely white marbling of the leaves, or a very vivid green. You can choose whichever type suits your style, or mix it up and choose several! They each have essentially the same care requirements, which makes it easier to choose based on your personal preference.
The Hoya, also referred to as a “Wax plant”, is one of the easiest to care for of all indoor plants. There are several types of plants within the Hoya family, with each having slightly different care needs, but still being very easy to manage. Whether you go with the classic Hoya carnosa, or one of the more exotic types such as the obovate or keysii, you want to avoid over-watering, as these plants typically enjoy longer dry-spells than most other household plants. Keeping them in a nice bright spot out of direct sunlight should be sufficient in keeping these plants thriving.
A holiday favorite, the Christmas Cactus is a very long-lived houseplant that also easily cared for. Sometimes these particular plants are passed down through the generations of families, as they are quite hardy and live exceptionally longer than most other houseplants. Many Christmas Cactus owners have specific conditions that they follow in order to ensure that these little guys are ready to bloom during the holiday season. This requires the right temperature and light exposure over the course of the autumnal months, maintaining specific humidity content in their environment which can be difficult for some owners.
Prudent planning is not a requirement for having these cacti bloom; they are notably a tropical plant that do well in warmer humid temperatures, so you can expect a natural bloom in the warmer months of summer. Its humidity needs can easily be met by simply filling a glass container with water and keeping it near the plant.
Placement can also affect this particular plant, as you should avoid placing it near an area that experiences frequent temperature shifts, such as a vent, fireplace, or doorway. If you care for the Christmas Cactus properly, expect to see multiple flower blooms each year!
The Wandering Jew is a magnificent houseplant that derives its name from a particular story straight from the Bible, due to its historical tendency to “wander about”, as it was often shared amongst neighbors and friends, springing up in gardens and around homes wherever it “traveled”.
These particular plants don’t typically live for very long, no matter how stellar the care is that they receive. Expect to need to replace them annually or biannually as their leaves will eventually fall off completely and no longer grow.
Like other plants on our list, the Wandering Jew does well in bight, indirect sunlight; however the urge to directly water the plant should be stymied in order to avoid inducing rot in the plant itself. By keeping the soil slightly moist will keep the rot at bay and ensure that your Wandering Jew has adequate moisture to grow well.
Another great habit to try is trimming up or pinching back the vining tendrils that will appear on the plant in order to promote continuous and healthy growth as well as branching to ensure the plant maintains a fullness and volume.
One particularly unique thing about the Wandering Jew is how easy it is to “regrow”. Simply trim off several legs of the plant and bury the ends in fresh soil. Using fresh soil is very important, as the salt build up in older, used soil can actually be quite lethal these plants. Maintain a consistent level of moisture in the soil of these new and soon enough you will have brand new, fresh growing Wandering Jew plants in no time!