The trend of indoor hanging plants is on the rise (pun very much intended) and in this case, the ceiling is the limit. But let’s address some important questions before you start drilling holes into your roof for the sake of your gorgeous new macrame hangers.
No matter if you’ve just become a new plant mum or dad, been in the plant game for a decade or even just wanting to have some company that’s easier to take care of than a dog… sort of. Well don’t stress, it’s a problem we’ve all run into. Maybe you’ve just run out of space on all your countertops and can’t find another blank wall to install a shelf on, the ceiling is naturally your next stop to add to your plant collection.
Because your newly acquired plant friend won’t have much space to grow upwards, your focus will ideally be on hanging plants, that way gravity can do most of the hard work for you.
Now first thing is first, how good is your green thumb? Because let’s be real, if you’re hosting house plant funerals every second Thursday then you can never go wrong with a good old fashioned plastic decorative plant. As the saying goes, with great plants comes great responsibility.
So with that being said, here are our top picks of plants that are best suited to your new macramé plant hangers:
These cute little guys do amazing in low light and are fairly self-sufficient. Indirect sunlight is their best friend as their leaves burn very easily as they naturally grow under low lying trees. They do grow on the wider side rather than downwards but depending on your space they add the perfect amount of life and greenery.
This plant will thrive best when kept in its plastic pot with drainage holes and placed inside a decorative pot of your choosing. This helps with it’s water levels, it’ll do well with moist soil but be sure to water accordingly to ensure the soil never dries out, its recommended to be about once or twice a week.
Pothos (Devil’s Ivy)
These bad boys (Devil, get it?) do great in both high and low indirect sunlight and pretty much any soil type. These guys do well to grow in artificial lighting too so make a great addition to liven up stuffy offices or bathrooms. If you’re impatient then pothos will be the plant for you, growing roughly 12 to 18 inches a month in length. Soil type doesn’t matter to these guys, but their watering schedule should definitely be kept to, this means only watering the plant once the soil has entirely dried out before watering again to keep it happy, sitting in consistently moist soil will result in root rot, which can be identified by black spots on the leaves.
These guys do a great job at communicating to you when they need water, they’ll need a decent drink when their leaves start to droop, however if their leaves are shrivelled, curled or have brown edges then unfortunately they’ve gone too long without water.
If you’ve been scoping out the plant scene for a while now, you’ll know that there are two main types of philodendron, the vining kind and the non-climbing kind. If you’re planning to hang one of these plants from your macrame, then we’d recommend the vining kind so they can grow outwards and downwards. General care for these plants include a light dusting of their leaves with a damp cloth.
As for their growth, they adore warmer rooms and moisture, so bathrooms or kitchens would be ideal, as well as bright indirect sunlight with access to fresh air. Too little sunlight for these plants can result in staggered growth with a lot of space between the leaves, although too much sunlight can turn the leaves yellow all at once but don’t be alarmed, some individual leaves yellow naturally due to age. Keeping this plant in its original plastic container and placing into a decorative one is the best way to ensure it’s as healthy as possible with sufficient drainage. For the vining kind, watering should be done when the soil is more on the dry side but not when it’s completely dehydrated.
Swiss Cheese Plant
You can probably tell by the name what to expect when this sampling blooms. The Swiss cheese plant grows in a vine type structure similar to the devil’s ivy. This plant is easy to take care of as it does well in bright indirect sunlight, but direct sunlight will cause the leaves to burn. Again, keep this guy in the plastic pot it comes in then simply place that into a decorative pot. These plants prefer their soil to be kept slightly moist, the trick to making sure it’s not over watered is to place your finger in the soil about in inch in depth, if it feels relatively dry then go ahead and water.
String of Pearls
A bit of change from the classic leaf flowing plants on this list, string of pearls is a vining succulent that mimics the look of a pearl necklace giving it a dynamic shape. Probably the simplest to look after, these plants can handle both direct and indirect sunlight which allows for a more versatile placement of your hanging macrame. String of pearls will survive in just about any regular potting mix soil you have and for it’s watering schedule keep the soil most in the warmer months but limit it’s water intake in the colder months, however it’s definitely best to underwater than overwater for these drought-resistant little guys. A good indicator is if the round beaded leaves are a bit on the flat side, then a good drink of water is needed.
All in all, we encourage you to try out whatever plants you think will suit your space and your Macramé Man plant hangers to give them your own unique flair. Be sure to look after your new little plant friends and enjoy their company when you guys hang out (get it…)