Hanging Planter Ideas – Quirky Hanging Indoor Planters

Potted Plant In Metal Hanging Planter
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If you want to use some unusual planter types in your décor scheme, succulents are a great choice for filling them. Most have shallow roots, so they can exist in little to no soil. You can use most anything that has a drainage hole and will hold soil as a container for succulents. There’s no need in feeling limited to just succulent plants though.

Given suitable conditions and proper drainage, nearly anything can be grown in unusual hanging planters.

Quirky Hanging Indoor Planters

When fashioning DIY planters, some people exclude the drainage hole. This is sometimes an option, but in most cases, you’re risking the health and possibly the life of your plant when using a container without drainage. With succulent plants especially, water that keeps soil wet around the root system quickly leads to root rot.

If you choose a planter that won’t easily hold soil, use small pots inside of it to make a cool combination planter. Elevate the inside pots if necessary so the plants are visible, but not the containers. I used a slatted box type planter in this manner, and it worked as it was supposed to.

If you’re using cool indoor hanging planters, the more the merrier. Locate them where light is available to your plants when possible. If you’re short on lighting in a room and only have northern exposure, for instance, choose plants that do not need much light.

There are several varieties of sansevieria, the snake plant, that don’t need full sun inside or out. They will happily exist for a while in a low light situation, or even in a windowless room. If you use a snake plant type like this, bring it out into a bright light situation occasionally for several hours or even a couple days.

Hanging Planter Design Ideas

Geometric shapes or seashells can hold your plants in a unique hanging display. If you’re purchasing fun planters and want something out of the ordinary, check online. You’re sure to find something different somewhere. While you might upcycle to get your quirky planters, purchasing them new is a reasonable alternative.

If you find yourself short on items around the house to turn into hanging planters, look at garden centers and retail stores. Get creative, hanging houseplant containers can be made from many items whose original purpose was far different than holding plants. Drainage holes can easily be added to many such items with a drill. For glazed ceramics, use a special diamond drill bit.

If you’re using air plants in some of your decorations, choose a jellyfish or octopus planter that hangs upside down. Upside down planters have become readily available for holding a variety of plants.

Lots of people like the unusual look of birdcages for hanging houseplants. Then there’s old chandeliers, which can be given new life by adding plants. What about that old purse you don’t need but find difficult to let go of? It can make a nifty hanging planter. String up some baskets and fill them with your favorite houseplants for something different.

Shoe organizers and pocket planters can make exceptional planters for hanging houseplants. Even an old shower caddy can hold plants. Have limited space? Fashion a shower rod in the living room (or wherever) and hang plants from it – macramé planters look great this way. Wall planters are another way to go using old boxes, pots, or other types of containers.

When it comes to quirky hanging indoor planters for your home, simply get creative. The sky is the limit.

Becca Badgett

Becca Badgett was a regular contributor to Gardening Know How for ten years. Co-author of the book How to Grow an EMERGENCY Garden, Becca specializes in succulent and cactus gardening.