15 Houseplants for a Hanging Basket
A hanging basket is one way of displaying houseplants in a limited space. You can have a hanging basket practically anywhere in your living spaces; near the window, above your sitting space, in your porch, above your bathtub, in the kitchen, in the bedroom and so on.
It is important to ensure that the hanging basket is securely fixed, can be watered easily and does not drip water (you can use a pot with a saucer at the bottom to catch any dripping water). Use a light-weight pot and potting mixture.
Also keep in mind that the air above is much warmer and drier than at floor and windowsill level which means that plants in a hanging basket may require more frequent watering than other plants in the same room.
Houseplants suitable for a hanging basket include;
- Wandering Jew (Tradescantia spp)
- Golden Pothos (Scindapsus aureus)
- Heartleaf Plant (Philodendron scandens)
- English Ivy (Hedera helix)
- String of Pearls (Senecio rowleyanus)
- Spider Plants  (Chlorophytum comosum)
- Asparagus Fern (Asparagus plumosus)
- Goldfish Plant (Columnea gloriosa)
- Wax Plant (Hoya carnosa)
- Baby's Tears Plant (Soleirolia soleirolii)
- Purple Waffle Plant (Hemigraphis alternata)
- Grape Ivy (Cissus rhombifolia)
- Swedish Ivy (Plectranthus spp)
- Velvet Plant (Gynura sarmentosa)
- Piggyback Plant (Tolmiea menziesii)
The Tradescantia Plants are some of the most popular plants for hanging baskets and there are many varieties and colors to choose from. They bear colorful leaves, grow very fast and are easy to grow and propagate. The plants are highly tolerant to indoor growing conditions. Most Wandering Jew plants bear long stems which beautifully cascade down a hanging basket creating a dramatic sight.
Golden Pothos also called Devil's Ivy are popular houseplants which can be grown in a hanging basket. They are climbers which bear colorful heart-shaped leaves and are highly adaptable to a wide range of growing conditions. A hanging basket of Golden Pothos will add a splash of color in any space. Golden Pothos are easy to grow and are also good air cleaners.
Heartleaf Plant also called Sweetheart Plant is a popular houseplant for a hanging basket. The heart-shaped leaves appear bronze and quickly turn green as the plant grows, These plants are also good indoor air cleaners removing trichloethylene from indoor air. Heartleaf Plant is easy to care for due to its ability to withstand neglect and poor conditions.
English Ivy is a climbing houseplant that is ideal for a hanging basket. It is also a good air cleaner. This plant is easy to grow and adapts easily to a wide growing conditions. The attractive English Ivy is a hardy plant that will thrive in a wide range of growing conditions and will not die from a few days neglect.
The cascading thread-like stems of String of Pearls also called String of Beads make it an excellent houseplant for a hanging basket. String of Pearls Plant is a hardy houseplant that is easy to grow and propagate and can survive a considerably long period without water.
Spider Plants are popular houseplants for a hanging basket. They are fast growing and easy to care for and propagate, and are also good air cleaners. These plants are beautiful and extremely adaptable to a wide range of growing conditions. Spider Plants will grow in hot or cool rooms, in sun or shade and will withstand dry air.
Asparagus Fern is ideal for a hanging basket. The beautiful, feathery, needle-like branches droop down gracefully along the sides of a hanging basket. Asparagus Fern is easy to grow and adapts well to a wide variation in light, heat and frequency of watering; it can withstand some level of neglect.
Goldfish Plant belongs to the hanging basket where its trailing stems can be allowed to hang freely. Various varieties and colors are available and are grown for the beautiful blooms. With proper care Goldfish Plant will bear abundant yellow or orange-red tubular flowers year after year.
Wax Plant also called Porcelainflower is a flowering climber whose twining stems can reach 15 ft or more. The leaves are flesh and the flowers are waxy, fragrant and star-shaped. Wax Plant is easy to grow and is a good air cleaner.
Baby's Tears is a low-growing houseplant ideal for a hanging basket. It bears green or yellow leaves and a multitude of tiny white flowers. Baby's Tears is fast growing and easy to propagate; a small clump of the plant will grow into a mossy mound in no time when placed on moist soil.
Purple Waffle also called Red Ivy is a climbing plant which is ideal for a hanging basket. It bears colored leaves which are shiny (silvery) in shade and turn metallic purple under direct sunshine. Several varieties with unique leaf characteristics are available. Purple Waffle is a spectacular houseplant with ornamental foliage that lasts through out the year.
Grape Ivy also called Oakleaf Ivy is a vining houseplant that is excellent for a hanging basket. The leaves are silvery first and turn dark-green and glossy as they mature. Grape Ivy is one of the most tolerant of houseplants and will tolearte sun or shade, hot or cold air, dry or moist conditions.
Swedish Ivy also called Candle Plant is a creeping houseplant that is suitable for a hanging basket. The trailing stems are covered by foliage and they grow very fast. Unlike True Ivies, Swedish Ivy will thrive in dry air and also withstand occasional soil dryness which is a common feature with hanging baskets.
Velvet Plant also called Purple Passion is a trailing houseplant which bears purple-colored foliage due to the presence of shiny purple hairs. It produces dandelion-like flowers which have an offensive smell. The plant is ideal for a hanging basket. Velvet Plant is a fast growing and easy to grow houseplant.
Piggyback Plant is known by many names like Youth on age, Pick-a-back-plant and Thousand mothers. It is a compact mound of downy, bright green leaves and is ideal for a hanging basket. Its long leaf stalks give the plant a trailing appearance and make it suitable for a hanging basket. Piggyback Plant is easy to grow even in poor conditions and it relishes cold, well-ventilated, sunless environment.