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Did it occur to you that the ‘missing something’ in your cold living room might be a plant?

The reason why some people insist on having fresh plants distributed across their living space is the need to breathe new life inside it, and making it more dynamic and inviting for visitors.

From flower pot hangers to hanging plant baskets, people come up with all sorts of decorative planting idea, making sure also that the room will suffice for the needs of a growing and thriving plant. At the same time, a hanging pot or a redone plant container idea may turn out to be an exquisite focal point, and one you didn’t have to spend a fortune on.

The variety of indoor and outdoor hanging planters is just huge, which means that you will easily find one that suits the style and decor of your living space. Certain homeowners choose integrated plant stands, namely dedicated plant vessels placed at table level, so that they’d have their plants easily noticeable, and even easier to maintain.

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Others opt for a simple solution, namely modern hanging planters and metal hanging baskets that suspend plants at eye level, and give them the chance to attract the attention they deserve.

Macrame plant hangers are a good choice for many homes and can be the perfect way to draw attention to your plants. The great thing about this type of hanging planter is that you can get different looks depending on the type of decorative pot you choose to insert into the planter itself. A simple terracotta plant pot will give a casual or bohemian look. On the other hand, a sleek and simple metal plant pot will give a macrame plant hanger a more modern feel making it suitable for more contemporary settings.

Truth is there are many ways for your plant to serve as a decorative centrepiece, including placing it within a sculptural element for a more whimsical and traditional scenario. For instance, you can check bicycle and birdcage ideas, fairytale motifs, or even garden animal sculptures. The more you invest in creative standalone or hanging plant holders, the more their presence will contribute to the quality of your home, and your life!

The first phase of introducing extra freshness to your home will be to decide whether you need outdoor or indoor hanging planters, and whether your space will allow you to introduce large hanging planters as centrepieces.

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A good idea would be to choose metal hanging planters for the outer area, so that they won’t be damaged by rain and humidity, and could stand up to any type of severe external damage and tear. Certain hanging pots will be suitable for the indoor and outdoor areas, so consider them as a useful trick for creating a unified decorative planting scheme.

How to choose the best hanging plant holders for your home? We have few tips that could help you:

The magic of beautiful hanging planters

The elegance of hanging planters is timeless, both when you use them indoors and outdoors. You can find such in all shapes and sizes, from small pots to luxurious baskets that leave viewers breathless. In most cases, the hanger has a nice hook on top to keep it attached, or is associated with your walls/fences with thin rails.

You can use one to enhance the beauty of your backdoor garden, or hang two separate pieces on both sides of the entry door to make guests feel more welcomed. If you have a passion for growing rare flowers, this will be your unique possibility to show the world what you can do.

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Hanging basket planters. For a more traditional Wayfair feeling, you should consider the basket option. It doesn’t have to be a large hanging planter – instead you can choose a small, plastic, metal, or ceramic basket, depending on whether you expect it to withstand the harsh effect of weather. Before you buy one, however, go through the properties and the manufacturer information.

Wall planters. Another interesting idea that deserves a look is wall planters, commonly vertical hangers you can attach both in and out of the house. The best way to put those in use is to decorate your garden, or inject a fresh vibe inside your garage.

Indoor planters. Why not hanging your plant indoors? More often than rare, a planter suitable for outdoor conditions will also work for indoor ones, are create a pleasant atmosphere that will make you smile each time you come back home. Ideally, you should hang one in the kitchen and let your family enjoy your flowering art while sharing a meal.

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Are hanging planters a good idea?

Why wouldn’t they be? Hanging planters inspire a unique feeling of clean, organized, and professional space, which is why they’re welcomed in living rooms, bedrooms, kitchens, gardens, and offices.

In a Telegraph article from 2009, famous designer Paul Williams described hanging baskets and their lush flower cascades as dramatic and lavishly elegant, and invited homeowners to experiment with different designs to make their gardens more vivid.

Hanging baskets planters

You can find all sorts of basket planters in local stores, starting with cheaper, yet durable plastic pieces with extra water reservoirs, and moving to lavish wicker designs for traditional homes. In the same case, wicking metal wires instead of wooden ones will help you bring a planting basket into a contemporary scenario.

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Besides, baskets give you a unique chance to examine your creativity, and play up different sizes. The smaller a basket is, the more often you will have to clean it and water the plant, but a too big one won’t ease your maintenance issues either.

That’s unless, of course, you wish to bring more vibrant and colourful plants to your home. If you have a small apartment, however, hanging a couple of colanders on the balcony may be everything you need.

Another helpful trick is to decide which type of plant you need in advance, because it will be easier to find a good hanging pot for it, than rethinking the whole flowering concept because your plant doesn’t correspond.

Liners

What matters the most about a planting basket is its lining, as it determines the level of water retention in the soil, and keeps your plant fresh and hydrated. These are the best liners you can get, with a detailed explanation of each:

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Sphagnum Moss

Sphagnum moss is popular because of being free of insects and bugs, but also represents a very thick material with a lush texture that keeps water inside. Its empty and dry cells help it prevail in marshes, peat bogs, and mines, while preserving the marvellous looks of the basket. Note, however, that sphagnum is a bit tough to work with.

Cocoa

You can get some cocoa liners in a pre-moulded composition, and decide on the size and style on spot. They are also very thick, and thus difficult to plant on multiple sides, and they won’t really support the idea of a rustic garden.

Burlap

Burlap liners are probably the most affordable option to work with, and you should also consider them because of their environment-friendliness. Quite often, they are supported with cooper so that they won’t degrade fast, but that’s also the reason why they don’t retain any water.

Supamoss

Supamoss lining is a great choice for creative homeowners, as they are versatile, and allow you to transform them any way you want. They are also very practical – despite of the multiple drainage holes, they often come with a thick plastic coating that keeps water close to your plants. The lining looks fresh and natural, and you can use it both indoors and outdoors.

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The planting process

Once the lining procedure is over, it is time for actually putting some soil and planting your flower. For the first layer, keep it 4-5 inches over the basket base, and pad it carefully, so that your plant will have a firm and solid background to develop.

For some gardeners, the best way to go is to put a drainage pipe inside the basket, and let water and air distribute evenly. To do this, you will need 3-4 inches of soil between the base and the bottom of the pipe, to prevent water from leaking out.

As soon as you solve the drainage issue, lay the plant bulbs on the basket’s base (below the soil). If necessary, make few incisions on the lining, but make sure they’re not as big as to let soil fall off when you’re watering.

Which is the best hanging planter for you?

When it comes to hanging plants, everybody can find something good for him, be it an attached tray piece or a simple, small pot. The first is actually the so-called drip tray scheme; a solution designers love and recommend as a cost-efficient option, but warn that it may limit you with its overflow catch. They may leak, in particular if you decide to replace the plant, so make sure you protect your floors and carpets in advance.

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Pot designs are usually larger, heavier, and pricier, but they have many properties that justify these attributes. For instance, they are fastened with chains and perfect for outer plants, and they obviously don’t have any risky drainage gaps. This way, you will water your plant easily, and create the visual image of it floating on top of the pot.

Another advantage of pots is that they make it easier to swap and move plants. For more alternative ideas, consider hanging pots that can be planted from the sides, and are made exclusively from mesh to hold the fibered soil and hummus in.

Which planting choices are most popular?

This will, of course, depend on your needs and wishes. For some homeowners, the perfect setting is to plant flowers and ferns within their pots, while others create a compact, small garden full of tasty vegetables. For a unique experience, you can devote some more time and pick orchids or African violets that look simply jaw-dropping.

As the best indoor option, we suggest long leaved plants (ferns, most of all), as their leafy structure overtakes the mood easily, and brings in freshness without you having to care too much about them.

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Tips for watering plans in hanging planters

When a plant is displayed within the house, you won’t need to water it that much. This is because of the relatively stable and steady temperature of the room, slightly higher humidity compared to the outdoor, and lack of breeze and direct exposure to sunlight. As a result, plants lose their freshness much slower than their outdoor companions.

Regardless of where your plant may be located, you should sip water on the soil, instead of the plant itself. This may be a bit challenging with a small pot, but you should make an effort and put the stems and leaves aside. Another option is to add an outer container that will pour the water directly inside the pot.

The watering frequency depends on the plant you’ve chosen. Ferns, for example, need lots of water, and you have to check them at least three times a week to confirm they look fresh. If you have a couple of them outside, this may as well become a daily routine. As you already know, outdoor plants should ideally be watered earlier in the morning, but this is not an absolute rule.

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Tips on preparing the potting mix

Different indoor plants require a different potting mixture, depending on how much absorption they need. Nevertheless, gardeners recommend certain potting soil combinations that work well in most cases, and provide users tips on how to fertilize them over time to keep the plant healthy. Note that hanged plants need more frequent fertilization than those you simply planted in the ground, as they have limited space to develop in the soil surrounding them.

A commonly used fertilizer is a 10x20x10 (1-2-1) mixture of popular organic fertilizers (the so-called compost tea). You can ask any experienced gardener to prepare one for you, and even give you some tips on how often to fertilize your plant types.

Compost

Multipurpose compost can keep plants healthy for as much as a year, but if you’re looking for a lasting arrangement, you’d better check John Innes No 2. Owners with winter flowering heathers will need ericaeous compost (Erica carnea and E. × darleyensis), a mixture very tolerant to other lime-based composts and cultivars.

If you can’t water your plants regularly, you can solve this problem by adding some water-retaining granules to the compost.
Using several plants instead of one

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  • Regardless of the size of your basket, you should begin arranging your plants by choosing a central piece. This plant will be your orienteer for the structure of the basket, and dictate both how the arrangement would look, and whether the other companions will flower in a cold snap.
  • Once the main plant is positioned, arrange the trailing plants in a way in which they cover the sides of your basket, especially if you have one made of wire. If the basket looks well-decorated on its own, you can maybe let the decorative edges out in plain sight.
  • Colours will also have an important role in the process, as you need a scheme where all pieces work well together, for example petunias, lobelia, pansies, geraniums, and other winter-friendly flowers.

The finishing touch

With all plants neatly positioned in the basket, you can use more compost to fill the root ball area, or even bundle in some more of the controlled-release fertilizer plugs. Finally, make sure your plants have enough water.

The hanging planter is ready. What’s next?

Once the basket is planted, what will you need to do?

  • During summer, give hanging plant baskets a regular check and water each time the soil looks dry. If you let your plants dry, it is very likely that they will not develop as you expected them to.
  • Compared to pots, baskets won’t dry easily under the influence of changing seasons, but that doesn’t mean that you should neglect them. Make sure the compost is always moist (not soggy, though), and don’t wet the flowers and their foliage.
  • Instead of a firm fertilizer, you can use liquid ones to facilitate absorption during warmer months (April to September).
  • Deadhead small branches on a regular basis, so that the plant will have enough energy to develop flowers, instead of seeds.

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The challenges you will encounter

The worst and most dangerous planting challenge is poor gardening, which may eventually lead to beautiful flowers drying out. Nevertheless, there are few bailout tips for messy gardeners:

  • The basket should always be moist, but making it soggy at once won’t help achieve that.
  • If you can’t rely on yourself remembering to take good care, rely on the liquid fertilizer, and pour some in once per week.
  • Winter-friendly baskets need a sunny and well-sheltered spot to develop. Therefore, don’t keep them too exposed, but ensure they have a fleece layer or a cooled greenhouse with greenhouse glass over plastic to protect them during different seasons.

Plants and colours

Plants are not only good for making your room greener – they can be the centrepiece of any colour combination you’ve imagined. For instance, you can put floral plants in neutrally-toned planters, and wrap them with dark foliage. Then, you can slip the planter within a jute macramé hanger that is neutral too, so that the colour and texture of the plant will be easily visible.

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Another interesting idea on adding vibrant and dynamic colours is by using a darkly-hued macramé hanger, where both the planter and the plant are more neutral.

These hangers look the best next to and opposite of mirrors, as this way their light and vivid colours reflect all around the room. In such way, you will also get a unique illusion of having multiple plants instead of one, so imagine how nice that could feel in your living room.

Choosing a plant for your hanging basket doesn’t have to be a challenge

Before you think of the plant, think of the place where the basket is about to hang. If you have a larger, open area that would let the plant spread out of the pot’s edges, and where sun can easily reach the plant, you can go with literally any indoor-suitable option.

With a smaller area to decorate, on the other hand, you should be looking at shorter hangers or chunky and spiky succulents as a final, lush detail.

Planter memorabilia created by your kids

Is there a better way to give kids a role in home decor than letting them do their art on our plant hangers? Get them involved, and supply them with paints and pots without giving them further instructions on what to do.

Instead, make use of their creativity and wildness to get the most unique hanging planter for your living room, and we assure you it will be the only piece of decoration you will wish to keep forever.

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Seasonal and festive planters

To stay on the safe side, homeowners usually choose a small and common plant to blend inside their decor scheme, but they do change perceptions during festive seasons.

As holidays are approaching, they come up with all sorts of beautifying ideas, such as wrapping up hued ribbons around the plants, and combining colours that are popular for the time beings as it is red around Christmas, and orange around Halloween.

If hosting a themed party, make sure you include your plants in the game with a bunch of the steamers and balloons, depending on the space you have available.

Planters for special occasions

Another wonderful thing about hanging planters is that they are easy to redecorate, and it will always seem as if you tried hard to cheer up the atmosphere on important events. For instance, you can prepare colourful bowls and tie them around the plant on your kid’s birthday, or wrap some shiny foil on the base to make the plant look more elegant.

Creative ladies also came up with some cute ribbons that match the colour of their tabletops and art pieces, showing how much they care about their special day. Baby showers and gender revealing parties, for instance, can make good use of plants for their pink/blue decorations.

Of course, you don’t have to wait for a special occasion to put fancy planters in the spotlight. With passion, boldness, and ideas, you can use them to bring a friendly vibe in any time of the year.

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DIY hanging planters and how to make them

Crafting a good DIY planter takes more or less 60 minutes, and requires you to have the following materials:

You will need approximately 1 hour and the following materials:

  • 1 umbra shift pleated dish
  • 12. 2 m (40 ft) of cotton rope (ideally diamond braid)
  • 1 concrete ceiling anchor
  • 1 eye hook with an open end
  • 1 ring made of steel

First step: Getting ready

The hook of your hanger is about to be screwed in the ceiling, which means that you have to prepare the anchor. Once ready with that, take three rope pieces and cut 4 m (13 ft) of each. Thread them around a special metal ring until the ring becomes a mid-point for all of them. Next, tie them into the so-called Gathering

Wrap knot (a formal macramé), and hang the new ring on the hook before moving to knotting. At this point, you can also make changes to the height of the hanger, as you will have a good overview on how the planter is about the look.

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Second step: The sequence of the knotting

First, divide the ropes in 3 pairs. For each knot, measure approximately 96.5 cm (38 inches) from the steel ring (depending on how high is your ceiling), and knot the pairs. Once knotted, the pairs of ropes should be aligned horizontally, and divided again (this time, by removing a string from each adjacent pair).

Measure about 33 cm (13.5 inches) from the newly-made knots, and knot them together until they are fully aligned. Last, measure 14 cm (5.5 inches), and repeat until you have three separate sets of knots.

Third step: Finishing touches

Start from the lowest knot layer, measure 6.4 cm (2.5 inches) down, and collect the rope together. Tie it in a single knot, and you can be sure that all your knots are stable and firm. Summing up, shorten the ropes to the desired length, but make sure you leave at least 7.6 cm (3 inches) of length before you fray the endings.

Ending thoughts

The hottest trend in modern gardening is definitely vertical planting, be it that you’re looking to refresh your office cubicle, or take your backyard design skills to a new level.

Plants enhance the mood wherever they’re applied, but since not all of us have the luxury of owning a real garden, we should look at some stylish hanging planters instead.

To showcase your gardening passion, you can choose and combine gorgeous colours and shapes for your planters, and hang those wherever you find it suitable. They may hang from the ceiling, wall, entrance door, or even in the garage – wherever they are, they will make the people around them feel more welcomed.