Fit shower caps to the bottom of hanging plants before watering to catch any drips. Take the cap off when water is no longer dripping from the basket.
Floral designer Ardith Beverage provides tips for taking care of indoor hanging plants.
Use a squeeze bottle such as a sports bottle, to water those hard-to-reach baskets.
A hanging-plant container should be at least four inches in diameter. Measure the plant and go with a slightly larger container because it will be difficult to transplant again.
Most hanging plants like moderate to bright light. Hang plants near a sunny window, but never position them in the path of direct sunlight.
Hang plants at about eye level to provide the most enjoyment.
When inserting the hook the plant will hang from, make sure there is a swivel included beneath the hook so that the basket can be turned slightly each day.
Keep the soil moderately moist. When the soil is dry, water thoroughly, but don't overwater or allow standing water. Check the plant daily for dry soil. Hanging plants dry out more quickly than nonhanging plants because there is air circulating around them constantly.
The ideal temperature for most hanging plants is 65 to 70 degrees during the day and 60 to 65 degrees at night. Never hang plants in a really cold or hot area, such as near an air conditioner or a radiator.
It is important to fertilize indoor hanging plants often. Follow the instructions that came with the plant.
To help hanging plants grow bushy and compact, it is important to remove a half-inch to inch of the growing points every few months or so.
Place a bottle cap, crimped side down, over the drainage hole in hanging planters to prevent soil from washing out of the bottom. The drain will still allow enough moisture to escape.
Another option is to affix a piece of Styrofoam to the bottom of a hanging plant to create a lightweight drainage system.
Hang plants from a step ladder to add a unique display to a home. Paint the stepladder to match the home's decor.