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Published on November 25, 2022

Pro Tips

The Ultimate Guide to Hanging Plants

Hanging plants enhance any decor, purify the air, and have the advantage of being out of reach of cats and young children. Check out our ultimate guide for the best hanging plants, different hanging techniques (with or without holes), and some pro tips for healthy plants all year long.

Hang Plants Like a Pro

Hanging plants is an accessible and inexpensive project that only requires a few tools and materials you can easily find at your local RONA store. Hanging plants add an interesting design element—indoors or out—by drawing the eye while showcasing the plant. However, there are some basic rules that must be followed to keep ceiling- or wall-hanging plants lush and healthy. Find out how!
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Before You Start

A hanging basket can be very heavy, especially after watering! Before you hang anything from your walls or ceiling, make sure the structure can support the weight. Never drive hooks directly into the drywall; instead, use a stud finder to anchor them firmly into a stud or joist.

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Make your soil lighter by adding some perlite. However, you will need to water a little more often.

Plant hanging from the ceiling

Hang Plants from the Ceiling

  1. Weigh the plant. Every element of the structure (e.g., plant, soil, pots, hanging chain, amount of water when watering) adds up to the total weight the hook will have to support. We recommend rounding up to compensate for plant growth!
  2. Gather your materials. You will need a plant (this you knew already!), a hanging planter, a ceiling hook capable of supporting the structure, a stud finder, and a drill with the appropriate drill bit (5/8" is suitable for most ceiling hooks).
  3. Find the right spot. You’ll need to ensure the location you choose 1) offers the right light exposure for your plant, and 2) can support the weight of the structure. Ideally, the hook should be driven into a ceiling joist; otherwise, use a suitable anchor.
  4. Drill the hole. Use the drill and a drill bit slightly smaller than the screw on your hook to make a hole in the ceiling in the desired location.
  5. Install the hook. Screw it into the hole you have pre-drilled.
  6. Hang the plant. And there you have it! You’re all done.
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Discover Other Ways to Hang Plants

The ceiling isn’t the only place you can hang your plants! Use your creativity to invite the biophilia (or "love of plants") trend into every room of your home. Always make sure everything is solid before hanging your plant.

Here are some ideas:
  1. Shelves. Shelves are a hot trend... and so are plants. So, why not put a pretty green plant in a decorative planter on a wall shelf in the kitchen, bathroom, or entryway?
  2. Walls. The ceilings are too high? Or maybe you just want to switch things up? Use wall brackets! We love hanging plants on both sides of a door or window.
  3. Windows. Hanging plants on a curtain rod is a smart option that totally enhances any decor!
  4. Coat rack. A wall-mounted coat rack is a unique way to display your favourite plants. Some models even include a shelf!

Pro Tip

If you don’t want to make holes in the ceiling or walls, shelves and bookcases are ideal places for your plants.

Pick the Right Plants

Almost any plant can be placed high up, but drooping and climbing plants as well as plants with airy, rounded forms make excellent hanging plants.

Here are our favourite plants for hanging:
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Spider plant (chlorophytum)

Lush and easy to maintain, the spider plant is ideal for beginners! It requires little water and light, and will produce lots of babies that you can give to your loved ones (or hang around the house).

Pothos

The pothos is another great option for newbies, as it adapts easily to its environment and requires little maintenance. We love its drooping stems and glossy heart-shaped leaves.

Tradescantia

This colourful, eye-catching zebra plant adds a lively touch to any living space. It does well in part shade, but fears excess humidity.

Hoya

Also named "porcelain flower" and "wax flower", this gorgeous perennial plant of tropical origin grows well indoors. It's also easy to grow and can live a long time!

English ivy

Creeping and climbing, ivy is another houseplant that is easy to grow and maintain, and has good decorative potential. We love variegated varieties such as Hedera helix.

String of pearls

This succulent has unique and trendy drooping foliage reminiscent of pearl necklaces. It needs a great deal of sunlight (even direct exposure) as well as good drainage, as its roots are susceptible to rot.

Take Good Care of Your Hanging Plants

Maintenance varies greatly from one plant to another. Here are a few basic rules to keep your plants healthy all year long:
  • Soil. Do some research and choose a potting soil that is suitable for the plant you’ve selected.
  • Arrangement. If you want to place several plants in one pot to create an arrangement, be sure to choose plants with similar water and sun requirements, and avoid packing them too closely.
  • Watering. The soil in hanging plants tends to dry out more quickly. However, be sure not to overwater your plants, which can lead to fungus or root rot. A moisture meter is a good tool to have on hand.
  • Sun exposure. Again, be sure to place your plants where they will get adequate light.
  • Fertilizer. Don’t forget to fertilize your plants according to the recommendations for your plant varieties!
  • Size. Remove spent flowers to encourage flowering. If your plant has become leggy, prune the stems to stimulate new growth. This will give you a more compact plant with a fuller appearance.

Protect the Floor and Furniture

Having to unhook hanging plants to water them in the sink can be arduous. Plus, fragile plants may be damaged in the process. However, water that runs out of the pot during watering can damage flooring and furniture.

Here are two easy and inexpensive solutions:
  • Planter without drainage holes. Simply place the plant pot in a decorative, waterproof planter without drainage holes. This method is as practical as it is elegant. However, you will need to prevent water from accumulating in the outer pot, which could lead to root rot and fungi.
  • Saucer. Simply slide a saucer under the pot to catch the water that runs out of the drainage holes. This way, if you need to empty it, you can remove the saucer without disassembling the entire plant. This method is economical and practical, but less elegant than the planter.

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