If you’re short on space and light, but still want your home to look like a green paradise, you’re in the right place.
Hanging plants have their own charm which will transform any room, and if cared for properly, they will cascade their stems down creating a beautiful waterfall effect.
The indoor hanging plants in this article thrive in low light conditions, so anyone can own them!
Here is a list of 10 best low light indoor hanging plants and how to care for each of them:
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1. Heartleaf Philodendron (Philodendron hederaceum)
Other names: Philodendron scandens, Sweetheart Plant.
Glossy green heart-shaped leaves are the hallmark of this member of the philodendron family.
There are seemingly no limits to how long this plant can grow, so they’re especially great if you have high ceilings and an urge to fill your entire house with as many plants as possible.
2. Devil's Ivy (Epipremnum aureum)
Other names: Golden Pothos
Known for its green and yellow leaves that kind of look like they’ve been speckled with white paint, Golden Pothos is one of the most owned houseplants.
Devil Ivy is not only a gorgeous-looking plant, but it also has a very low-maintenance nature, which makes it extremely popular among plant lovers.
It cannot be stressed how much Pothos loves humidity.
Hanging out in the bathroom or kitchen will do the trick, but if you can’t keep it there permanently, holidays to the bathroom while you’re showering are good as well.
Here’s an article about some other plants that need humidity, and how to help them thrive in humid environments.
3. Adanson's Monstera (Monstera adansonii)
Other names: Swiss Cheese Plant, Swiss Cheese Vine, Five Holes Plant.
Adanson’s Monstera is a rare and unique flowering plant, with holes in its leaves. It shares the Swiss Cheese Plant nickname with its cousin Monstera Deliciosa, which is a much more popular houseplant.
Like a vine, this smaller relative of the Monstera Deliciosa is capable of both hanging and climbing.
This means you have to be careful it doesn’t get too attached to your curtains or any other nearby hanging plants.
- Originally from the South of the Equator, these perforated plants only get light that’s filtered through the tree canopy.
- This type of plant is called an epiphyte. In the wild, they don’t grow in soil, but attach themselves to trees.
4. English Ivy (Hedera helix)
Other names: Common Ivy, European Ivy, Ivy.
Hangers and climbers, the evergreen English Ivy can get out of control in its natural environment as it’s able to grow on almost anything, anywhere.
It can grow up to 20–30 m (66–98 ft) if suitable surfaces, such as trees or fences are available. Indoors, it can take over your walls if you let it.
Their spade-shaped leaves have delicate light green patterns that look like the lines on a palm, which are poisonous if eaten.
Because its natural habitat is in woodland areas, English Ivy prefers indirect light.
Although a little extra light will make the leaves brighter, it will also make them more susceptible to damage or drying out.
They’ll do okay if you forget to water them for a week, but they prefer their soil moist.
Just keep in mind that you’ll do more damage overwatering, so err on the side of dry rather than wet soil.
This ivy needs a soil mixture with a good deal of organic matter. If you don’t compost, you might want to start before picking up this type of ivy (or at least make friends with someone who does!)
Unless they’re seriously unwell, to begin with, you should never need to fertilize your English Ivy.
If worst comes to worst, mix a half-strength liquid fertilizer and spray the leaves.
5. String of Coins (Peperomia pepperspot)
Originally from the Amazon, this delicate stemmed plant is said to bring good fortune.
You can tell by its thick, circular leaves that resemble varying types of pocket change. It won’t produce very long tendrils but will be a plump and luscious addition to your hanging plants family.
They are extremely easy to propagate and will grow fast during the summer months.
Peperomia likes its soil not too wet or too dry, but just right, so make sure the soil is drained properly after watering.
If your hanging basket doesn’t have drainage holes, daily misting is a good watering strategy to quench without overwatering.
In this article, you can find out more about the benefits of misting houseplants, how you should do it correctly, and on what plants. Not all of them need misting!
They like rich, organic soil with any additives that will increase drainage.
An organic mix with a bit of bark or loam will help keep it naturally airy.
Your String of Coins shouldn’t need fertilizing, but a slow-release feed during growing seasons will support propagation.
6. Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum)
Other names: Spider Ivy, Ribbon Plant, Hen and Chicken.
Spider Plant is considered one of the more popular houseplants. Chances are you’ll spot it in every plant lover’s home. Why?
It is easy to grow, tolerates mostly any conditions, and looks particularly lovely with its long, thin leaves that reminisce lush thin palm tree fonds.
Hanging your Spider Plant in a room with indirect light will keep its leaves from burning. Direct sun can be tolerated for short bursts, but it won’t do your plant any favors.
Spider Plants are incredibly unfussy and are content in average humidity.
Water only occasionally if you’re growing from a seedling or purchase a juvenile. Once mature (within a year, even less), you’ll want to keep the soil moist to stimulate new leaf growth.
Spider Plants will tolerate temperates between 35°F and 90°F (2°C – 32°C), but they will not normally grow below 65°F (18°C) and will be more exposed to damage at anything above 80°F (27°C).
Loamy soil is a good mix of clay, sand, and silt that will allow proper drainage for your spider plant. Look for a potting mix to save you the trouble of mixing yourself.
Overfertilization is a big risk, so only add a weak fertilizer during the growing months if you observe the plant is underperforming.
7. Trailing Jade Plant (Peperomia rotundifolia)
Other names: Jade Necklace, Trailing buttons, Round leaf peperomia.
Native to the tropical rainforests of South America, this small-leaved, soft-stemmed plant is like a gently cascading indoor hedge when it reaches its full glory.
The Trailing Jade plant is quite tolerant of shade but prefers medium indirect light.
A spot where it can get a bit of indirect light every day is where you should hang it. The corner of a bright room, or out of indirect light is ideal.
Normal household humidity is fine, but the bathroom would be great. No need to give lots of water; wait until the soil dries out between waterings.
This epiphyte prefers moist soil with plenty of drainage medium mixed in.
A soilless mix with peat and perlite will allow it to stay properly drained. A basket with plenty of drainage holes is also a must.
You probably won’t need to fertilize, but a boost might be needed during the growing season.
A half-and-half mix of liquid fertilizer and water once a month in spring and summer will be just fine.
8. Grape Ivy (Cissus rhombifolia)
Other names: Cissus alata, Venezuela treebine.
The leaves and coiled tendrils of this ivy are reminiscent of the grapevines from which it gets its name.
This is a particularly tolerant plant, which makes it perfect for any spots in your home where you’ve struggled to encourage life.
This plant suffers when it sits in water though, so make sure it has proper drainage and the soil dries out between waterings.
Temperature-wise, you can keep this plant anywhere between 50 – 75°F (10-24°C), but consistency is key.
Keep it away from drafty windows and doors and make sure you don’t move it too much.
I wrote more about moving your houseplants around and what effect it can have on them in this article here.
Fertilizing is not usually needed, but a very weak fertilizer can be added once a month during the summer.
9. Arrowhead Vine (Syngonium podophyllum)
Other names: Arrowhead plant, Arrowhead philodendron, Goosefoot, Nephthytis, African evergreen, and American evergreen.
Native to the tropical rain forests in Central and South America, the Arrowhead Vine is a very popular hanging plant, with amazingly patterned leaves that can vary from lime green to a pink-variegated olive.
This houseplant does not like direct sun, so it will enjoy the more hidden corners of your house.
Let the top half of the soil dry out between waterings and always water based on light exposure.
In low light, low watering is required, whilst more exposure to the sun requires more frequent watering.
10. Watermelon Peperomia (Peperomia argyreia)
Other names: Watermelon begonia, Watermelon pepper, Watermelon plant, Rugby football plant.
Like the name suggests, this gorgeous plant has leaves like small, perfect watermelon skins.
It is native to South America and it can grow up to 12 inches (30 cm) tall.
The Watermelon Peperomia is tolerant of almost any conditions. As long as it’s out of direct sunlight, your peperomia will keep producing its elaborate leaves.
It loves humidity but prefers not to be watered too much.
If possible, water from below or make sure the water reaches the root level.
It’s also important that the water is not too hard. You can read more here about watering houseplants with tap water and find out how to do it safely.
They also enjoy being snug, so don’t repot immediately when you notice they’re rootbound.
Not a lot of feeding is required for the Watermelon Peperomia.
During spring and summer, you can feed it with one-part water and one-part liquid fertilizer once per month.