Plants for hanging baskets

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Plants for hanging baskets
Unconventional baskets can enhance the overall look of the plant. (spider in a basket image by Joann Cooper from

Hanging plants add flair to the decor indoors and to the garden outdoors. Many hanging basket plants are adaptable to the outdoors in the summer while living indoors during the cold winters. Hanging plants can be easily moved from one location to another as long as the plants have the needed light, temperature and water.

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Spider Plant

Spider plants (Chlorophytum spp.) become root-bound in a pot and produce stringers that grow out of the base of the plant. Baby spider plants start growing on the end of the stringers. Spider plants have dark green leaves or variegated leaves of creamy white and lighter green. Spider plants need indirect sunlight, regular watering and temperatures above 10 degrees Celsius. The spider plant can live outdoors in summer with shade from the hot sun.

Heart-leaf Philodendron

Heart-leaf philodendron can be kept as a bushy plant in a hanging basket outdoors during the summer and indoors before the temperatures drop below 15.6 degrees C. Pinching the plant stems back as they grow out will keep the heart-leaf philodendron bushy so the plant eventually will cover the hanging basket. The dark green heart-shaped leaves need indirect sunlight and moist soil from spring to fall.

English Ivy

Although the English ivy is considered an invasive plant, the plant makes a nice hanging basket. The ivy has dark green or variegated leaves depending on the variety. The English ivy will grow stems as long as you let it grow. One way to cover the entire basket with the ivy is to place a moss pole in the middle of the basket so the ivy can wrap around it, and the other stems can grow downwards. English ivy plants need moist soil, indirect sunlight and temperatures above 10 degrees C. Ivy plants can live outdoors during the summer and indoors in winter.

Boston Fern

Boston ferns (Nephrolepis spp.) have made a comeback as a houseplant or outdoor plant during the summer. The dark green fronds grow to 5 feet long in a hanging basket. The ferns need temperatures above 18.3 degrees C with medium humidity that can come from a drainage tray under the basket. The soil should be kept moist when growing the plant outdoors, but the plant requires less water when grown indoors.

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