The 10 best hanging plants for creating an indoor Instagram jungle

  • The coronavirus lockdown saw people turning to houseplants for their mental health and social media feeds
  • If indoor space is at a premium while you’re social distancing, here are some ideas for how to fill make the most of it
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Make use of the space above your head to create a green sanctuary.

They were the thing to have in your home in the 1970s; now hanging houseplants are back in a big way as demand for greenery has skyrocketed in the pandemic and Instagram influencers create indoor jungles.

But how do you choose an indoor plant suited to hanging and your schedule?

US plant delivery company Bloomscape’s resident plant expert Joyce Mast advises evaluating your home and lifestyle before choosing a houseplant to hang in your home.

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“What kind of light will your plant enjoy?” Mast asked. “How much time will you have to take care of its needs? And are you able to reach the plant [to water] once it is hanging in your home?”

Here are 10 varieties that will do well in hanging baskets – and on the ’Gram.

1 Spider plant (Chlorophytum comosum)

Spider plants, with their arching leaves and floating plantlets, grow well in hanging baskets. They prefer bright, indirect light, but too much sun can scorch their leaves.

Water regularly and allow to dry out in between feedings.

Tip: Propagate single plantlets by removing them from the stem and rooting them in water. When roots are 2-3cm long, transfer them to potting soil.

2 Heartleaf philodendron (Philodendron hederaceum)

This popular philodendron features distinctive pointed tips and can be grown as a climber or a trailing vine. They enjoy low to bright indirect light areas and are very easy to care for, as they’re happy in most areas of the home.

Tip: This plant can handle its soil drying out from time to time. Just water it thoroughly and then hang it back up.

3 Philodendron hederaceum ‘Brasil’

This variety of the popular heartleaf philodendron features beautiful yellow and lime green leaves that look dramatic cascading from bookshelves and hangers. It’s a fast-growing, vining plant that is very easy to care for and will thrive in low to bright indirect light.

Tip: If it gets long and leggy, simply pinch it back for a fuller look.

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4 Silver satin pothos (Scindapsus pictus)

In the wild, a Scindapsus plant can climb as high as the crown of a tree, while indoors, it can grow up to 6 feet tall. It enjoys low to bright indirect light areas and is very easy to care for. Its patterned, silvery-green leaves looks lovely draped over a shelf or down a wall.

Tip: Feel free to take a cutting from this one and share at plant swaps as they are easy to propagate. If vines grow too long, simply cut back the stems in the spring just below a healthy leaf.

5 Neon prayer plant (Maranta)

Hardy Maranta earned its common name because of the way its leaves close at nightfall. “This vibrant plant stands out with bright green oval leaves and a herringbone-like pattern of light yellow veining,” said Mast. “The colourful foliage makes this a perfect plant for window sills or shelves that need a splash of colour.”

Tip: Maranta thrives in humid conditions, perfect for Hong Kong, so just give it a light mist every few days.

6 Wandering dude (Tradescantia zebrina)

This striking purple plant is easy to care for, fast-growing, and will trail quickly. It can also take some direct sunlight if necessary.

Tip: Pinch back the long vines at a joint on the stem to encourage branching as it can become leggy with bare stems. It prefers a slightly more humid environment. Convenient in HK!

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7 Hoya obovata

Hoyas have thick, waxy leaves, are great climbers, and prefer bright, indirect light. With their striking trailing leaves, hoyas are perfect for bookshelves, mantles and hangers.

Tip: Group a variety of hoyas in a row (other popular varieties include Hoya kerrii and Hoya carnosa) to make a statement.

8 String of bananas (Curio radicans)

Native to South Africa, this succulent features distinctive banana-shaped foliage, also known as “fish hooks”, and is a good choice for sun-drenched south-facing windows.

Tip: String of bananas is prone to aphids, so watch the tips of the plants for insects.

9 String of Pearls (Curio rowleyanus)

String of pearls, formerly known as Senecio rowleyanus, is a popular trailing plant with pea-shaped leaves. It loves heat and indirect sunlight but can tolerate lower light if necessary. As a drought-tolerant succulent, water them only when the soil is dry.

Tip: The attractive stems can break off easily, so install it in a place with limited traffic.

10 Baby Tears (Pilea depressa)

This delicate plant creates a stunning mat of creeping stems that prefer moist, well-drained soil in a part shade to full shade location. They are thirsty plants and require frequent watering.

Tip: Baby’s tears thrive in humidity, so they are an ideal choice for steamy kitchens and bathrooms.

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