Monsteras are a wonderful addition to any home, helping to bring texture and interest to indoor gardens. But while you may be used to seeing this plant stand proudly in a room, its unique leaves as the centerpiece, did you know that hanging Monstera can be equally as incredible for your home’s decor?
As you will see with any trailing Monstera adansonii or Monstera deliciosa, those vines that you would usually add to a support structure when the Monstera is standing in a pot can also hang beautifully off the floor.
And this still lets you take advantage of one of the reasons for this plant’s popularity, that being its easy-going nature. The Monstera is not too picky and requires only a few simple things, such as high humidity, well-drained soil, and bright indirect light.
Keep reading to find out all you need to know for growing a hanging Monstera.
Can you hang Monstera in a hanging basket?
One of the great things about Monstera is that it has a trailing nature, which means it can easily be grown in a hanging basket. Growing the plant as a hanging Monstera is also a good idea if you have children or pets who are notorious for bothering your plants.
(Especially given that Monstera are toxic to dogs, cats and kids!)
Keep in mind, however, that some gardeners feel that Monsteras shouldn’t be grown in a hanging basket, and instead recommend they be grown in a container with a moss pole or trellis. This is because Monsteras are epiphytic vines. That doesn’t mean they cannot grow in a hanging basket.
What’s important to keep in mind is that some varieties of Monstera have a more trailing nature, while others are considered more as climbing Monstera. The Monstera deliciosa and Monstera adansonii, for example, are more of trailers and can grow well in a hanging basket.
How do you care for a hanging Monstera?
Caring for a hanging Monstera is done in the same way as caring for other Monsteras. It will need well-drained soil, as well as a humidity level of at least 60-percent. You will also need to ensure the hanging Monstera is growing in an area where the temperature is between 65 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit.
The trailing Monstera deliciosa (or, indeed, other types of this plant) grows best in indirect but bright sunlight, and can benefit from monthly fertilization during its active growing period. A slow-release fertilizer designed for tropical houseplants works well for the Monstera. Make sure, however, that you read and follow the application instructions found on the fertilizer bottle.
Non-hanging and hanging Monstera do not like their roots soggy. Thankfully, you can easily avoid this problem by only watering when the first two inches of soil are dry. If the soil doesn’t feel dry, wait a day or two before checking again.
Find out more: Exactly How Often to Water Your Monstera
How do you hang a large Monstera?
The first step for hanging a large Monstera is to ensure you have a sturdy hook installed. Remember that the hook will need to support the weight of not only the plant, but the potting soil and the container as well.
Keep this in mind when looking over the weight limit for the hanging basket hook to avoid that beautiful trailing Monstera adansonii crashing to the floor one day!
In addition, before you actually hang your Monstera you will need to make sure it is growing in a well-drained pot. One of the quickest ways to kill your Monstera is to keep its feet soggy and ensuring your Monstera has the right soil is one solution for minimizing that. You should also fill the pot with potting soil containing peat moss. Peat moss helps retain moisture in the soil without it becoming waterlogged.
Where can I hang the Monstera?
Choose a location where you can show off the trailing Monstera deliciosa without the foliage getting in the way. For example, an area in the corner of your living room where the plant can receive bright, indirect sunlight would work well since the plant is within view while still being out of reach.
The area near your front door isn’t ideal, however, since the plant can quickly become a nuisance if you have to keep ducking whenever you go in and out the door. Furthermore, opening the door can cause the temperature to fluctuate, which can harm the overall health of the plant.
In particular, this plant really doesn’t respond well to drafts, so make sure you’re not hanging your Monstera anywhere where it may get bursts of hot or cold air.