Indoor plants are one of the best accessories for the home. Not only do they look stunning, but they make the space feel fresh and lively – all while purifying the air.
And hanging plants from your ceiling is one of the most popular ways to display your plants. So, what are the best indoor hanging plants for experienced and beginner gardeners?
I’ve created this guide to help you decide which hanging plants are best for your home. You’ll find all sorts of gorgeous trailing plants listed here. Many of these hanging plants are fantastic options for the beginners out there.
These low-maintenance hanging plants are a great place to start if you’re new to indoor plants.
So, read these suggestions and take your pick from the best indoor hanging plants around.
10 Best Indoor Hanging Plants
Here are some of the best indoor hanging plants around – no matter how much experience you have.
String of Pearls
You’ve probably seen strings of pearls on social media, and for a good reason. This funky plant has unique leaves shaped like small round balls – or pearls.
The stems grow up to 3 feet in length, so it’s perfect for hanging from the ceiling. You can also put it on a high shelf to get the same trailing effect with pearl-like leaves.
Strings of pearls fare best in a sunnier location near a window – but not in direct sunlight. They can cope with infrequent watering and don’t need any special care.
Ferns have a distinctive look with leafy tendrils, making them an excellent choice. The Boston Fern plant is one of the easiest ferns to care for as it doesn’t need watering too often.
So it won’t wilt and die within days, as some plants can do. However, it does prefer a humid environment, making it a good option for the bathroom.
Tillandsia is an air plant that’s ideal for beginners. It doesn’t need any soil, so you won’t get grubby. All you need for the tillandsia is a suitable container and a light spray from a water bottle. It thrives in indirect light but will dry up quickly in direct sunlight.
Tillandsia is perfect if you have limited space. You can tuck it in alongside other plants or choose a small pot to fit the available area.
If you’re looking for a flowering indoor hanging plant, Morning Glory is your best bet. This delicate plant is fast-growing and produces pretty pink, purple, or blue flowers.
It’s also affordable, and as it’s a vine, it’s perfect for hanging from the ceiling. But take note – Morning Glory can be toxic for household pets.
The spider plant is a gorgeous plant to hang from your ceiling or a shelf. And the best part is that it’s super-low maintenance and almost impossible to kill off.
It can thrive even in the hardest conditions (like when you forget to water it for ages). Read my article on how often to water your spider plant here for more tips.
This plant is eye-catching with its two-toned long leaves. And what’s even more unique are the little spidery offshoots it develops. This plant continues to grow in size, so make sure you bug a decent-sized pot for it. Overall, it’s one of the best hanging plants to get you started.
The mistletoe cactus is an unusual plant that will draw the eye. You can hang this pretty cactus from a basket – its long stems look great trailing down.
It also grows small berries and pretty flowers. And as with most cactuses, it’s not a demanding indoor plant. Plus, it’s a slow grower, so you won’t need to repot it. But as a result, you’ll need to have lots of patience to get the full effect of this hanging plant.
String of Hearts
Another common hanging plant is the string of hearts, also called Ceropegia woodii. This dainty plant has long stems and thick, heart-shaped leaves (hence the name).
You can hang it from a basket or pot to bring some liveliness to your home. The stems trail up to 4 meters long, so keep that in mind when hanging it.
This plant is popular for its unique look and thick, heart-shaped leaves. It can also produce pretty white flowers if you’re lucky. Another benefit of the philodendron is that it’s not a fragile plant.
You don’t need to baby it or water it every day. It can even survive if you go away for a week on holiday. So, it’s a great choice if you’re busy or a little forgetful.
If you’re nervous about getting a bunch of new plants, opt for the Peperomia hanging plant. It’s so easy to care for – you only need to water it occasionally, and it will flourish.
It has thick waxy leaves in a deep green that can trail up to one meter in length. The Peperomia Quadrangularis will bring plenty of freshness and energy into your home.
The English Ivy looks like a delicate house plant, but it’s pretty sturdy. It has beautiful long tendrils and large leaves that look amazing when hung from the ceiling.
Place your English Ivy in a location that gets lots of indirect sunlight. Then, all you need to do is water it every few days. Once the soil dries out, it’s ready for another watering.
Devil’s Ivy is also easy to care for as it doesn’t need much sunlight or water. But one thing you’ll need to keep your eye on is the humidity. This hanging plant will benefit from a few sprays of water now and then.
And the unusual name? It’s said that we call this plant Devil’s Ivy because it’s incredibly hardy and hard to kill off. So, that’s another reason to go for this leafy evergreen plant.
You wouldn’t guess that this plant is a cactus from its looks. It had thick, rubbery leaves protruding along the stem, a little like a fishbone. It’s also known as the zigzag plant for obvious reasons. The abundant foliage looks lovely hanging from a small pot.
The fishbone cactus differs from most cacti. It thrives in shady areas with some indirect sunlight. Avoid overwatering – the soil should never feel soaking. It will benefit from occasional plant food or fertilizer but is otherwise low-maintenance.
Fake Hanging Plants
If you’re away from home a lot or can’t take the pressure of caring for living plants, don’t worry. You can get the same result with some carefully chosen fake plants.
You might worry that they will look cheap and plasticky, but things have changed a lot in recent years. Now, it’s hard to tell a fake plant from a real, living pot plant. So, you can still decorate with pretty hanging plants, even if you’re not green-fingered at all.
But if you’re feeling brave, I would recommend giving one of the low-maintenance plants a try. It’s not as hard as it sounds to keep them alive, and there’s nothing like a real plant to brighten your space.
The Wrap Up
You’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to selecting which indoor hanging plants to go for. As you can see, there are so many beautiful trailing plants out there.
Keep in mind your conditions at home when choosing plants (sunlight, temperature, humidity). But if you’re anything like me, you’ll know you can never have too many plants at home.
Let me know which of these hanging plants is your favorite in the comments below. And follow Quiet Minimal for more home decor tips & inspiration.