Last Updated on October 6, 2020 by Yuvika Iyer
Want beautiful hanging plants in your home?
Learn how to hang plants in an apartment in less than 15 minutes using just 4 tools!
Why Should You Hang Plants in an Apartment?
The reasons can be different from jazzing up your aesthetics to pet safety to keep your favorite plants in limited space.
I have spent most of the time figuring out what would be the right place to hang my favorite trailing plants.
You would often see me standing up a ladder with a drill to make holes in the wall. Trust me. It’s easy, and you can do it yourself.
In less than 15 minutes, you can spruce up your room and make it beautiful!
Let’s dive right in.
How to Hang Plants in Your Apartment & Small Spaces! (In less than 15 Minutes!)
In this blog, I share how to hang plants in an apartment in less than 15 minutes that you can easily do yourself!
Get the Plant You Want
These are the plants that I recommend that are perfect for hanging planters:
- For a bright and sunny spot: Ric Rac or Fishbone Cactus, Lipstick Plant
- For a windowsill or patio corner with bright and indirect light: Donkey’s Tail or Sedam
- Morganianum or Burro’s Tail, String or Pearls
- For Indirect light: Nepenthes, String of Hearts, Creeping Fig
- For low light windowsill: Wandering Jew or Tradescantia Zebrina, Jade Pothos
Choose Your Planter
Choosing the right hanging basket is the key.
You can get the pots in different shapes, styles, sizes, and materials. You will be spoilt for choices ranging from the cheap plastic made to the costlier and more durable ceramic hanging planters.
Choose the one that suits your budget, home’s overall decor, and your and loved ones’ preferences.
If you buy a heavy and sturdy ceramic basket, you would need different supporting and sturdier hardware to hang them.
A macrame hanger will work best if you wish to buy a lightweight terracotta pot.
You may not like regular hanging options, so you can choose the pot with your favorite design and then put it in a supporting hanger.
While hanging your planter, be careful with the drainage holes.
I have had a mess with open drainage holes a couple of times and the floor got dirty and slippery.
I would recommend before watering your hanging plants, take them down one at a time, water the plant, wait until the residual water drains out completely, and hang it back.
The entire process will take a lot of effort and is time-consuming.
Another option you have is to hang them in the balcony (if you have one) and attach a tray underneath your hanging pot.
After you water the plant, the residual waters will drip out of the drainage hole and get stored in the tray.
Carefully detach the tray, empty the water, and attach it back. The second method will save you time and effort and is so much easier!
Get Set to Hang It Baby!
Once you have potted your favorite plant in the hanging planter, it’s time to hang it. Take proper safety measures.
Wear protective eyeglasses and ask a friend or family member to hold the ladder while drilling the wall.
I recommend you wear a pair of protective gloves to safeguard your hands from cuts and bruises.
You can visit your neighborhood hardware store and buy appropriate ceiling hook kits, which can withstand the weight of the hanging basket.
If you are attaching the hook into a wooden ceiling or beam (like a cabin or porch), a regular J-hook will be enough to carry your planter’s weight.
To be on the safer side, use an anchor to make your hook more secure so it can’t come out of the ceiling.
What you’ll need:
- Hook kit (Appropriate for your planter)
- Drill bit
- Eye protection Goggles
- Sturdy Ladder
- Someone who can watch your back
How to Hang Your Plant:
- Identify the spot where you want to hang your planter.
- Double check if you are meeting the light requirements for your hanging plants.
- Make sure there is no electrical wiring beneath the area to be drilled. If you are hanging multiple planters, keep a considerable gap by spacing out the holes.
- Make a test hole with your drill bit. Always use a bit that is slightly smaller than your hook’s screw. It ensures that the hook will fit well and remain stable and secure inside the wall.
- If your hook kit includes spring-loaded metal toggles, carefully attach the anchor on the hook’s bolt to close the wings fold.
- You need to hold the wings together while pushing the bolt inside the ceiling. Once the bolt gets inside keep twisting it until the wings open up and completely secure the hook.
- Everything is done. Now it’s time to hang your plant.
- If the hanging wire or rope accidentally falls short, get extenders from nearby garden centers to bridge the gap.