Hanging plants are a popular design choice indoors and outdoors, but knowing where and how to hang plants can be tricky. Find the answers to your hanging plant hook questions in this guide.

By Claire Harmeyer
March 20, 2019

Hanging your plants has serious perks. Indoors, it helps avoid cluttered counters, adds interest to otherwise bare spaces, and puts pet owners and parents at ease. Outdoors, hanging plants stay out of reach from hungry animals and enhance patio style. Unfortunately, setting up hanging plant hooks can be a pain. Variables that go into hanging plants include weight of the plant, location, ceiling or wall material, and type of hook. We're here to help you figure these details out. Soon enough, you'll have no problem hanging beautiful plants in your home.

Ceiling Hooks for Hanging Plants

When filled with soil and water, hanging plants can be pretty heavy, so err on the side of caution by purchasing a hook that can hold a weight heavier than your plant's.

To install hanging plant hooks in the ceiling, you'll probably need a step ladder. Use a stud finder to locate a ceiling joist (one of the beams that supports your ceiling). If you don't have a stud finder, knock on the ceiling and listen for a short, firm sound—that's where the joist is.

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Mark the location of your hook with a pencil. Select a drill bit about the same diameter as your hook screw's threaded shaft. Drill a hole into the ceiling slightly deeper than the length of the threaded shaft. Push the screw into the hole, gently twisting to tighten until the base of the hook is flush with the ceiling.

Hanging a Hook from Drywall

Hanging plant hooks from drywall is a different process than installing ceiling hooks into joists. Instead of a hook screw, you'll be using a toggle bolt with a hook. Plastic toggles are good for hanging on walls, but do not use on ceilings.

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Use a stud finder to locate a hollow spot in the ceiling or wall and mark it with a pencil; toggle bolts cannot be screwed into wall studs. Drill a hole the size of the base of the toggle (usually around half an inch). Pinch the wings of your toggle together and insert them through the hole. When the wings reach the hollow area, they'll open inside of the hole. Tighten the bolt to ensure that the wings are secure against the inner surface of the wall or ceiling. Suspend your plant from this hanging plant hook and delight in your green decor.

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Where to Hang Your Plant

The location of your indoor hanging plant hook depends on the plant. Think of it as if you were designing your outdoor garden: Pay attention to sunlight needs. For example, if your plant needs full sun to survive (like an orchid), hang it in front of a south-facing window. Buy swivel ceiling hooks for sun-loving plants so that you can turn the plant, ensuring that sunlight reaches all sides of it.

Buy it: Swivel Ceiling Hook, $6

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Types of Plant Hooks

An extender hook is a great option for hanging plants on a porch—the sturdy wrought iron will easily hold heavy hanging baskets. Place the extender hook on a wooden beam on your porch and slip the plant onto the hook. This versatile hook can be easily moved. Another hook option for outdoor plants is an iron bracket. This plant hook can be screwed into wooden walls on a porch, fence, or shed.

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Buy it: Black Iron Plant Bracket, $4

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If you're looking for a decorative hanging plant hook, there are plenty to choose from. Swirly wrought iron evokes a cottage feel in this hanging plant hook for indoor or outdoor use. Or, try an ornate bronze hook in the ceiling for an elegant touch.

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The simplest type of plant-hanging mechanism is an S hook. S hooks fit snugly on exposed pipes, rods, or over ledges. They're easily moveable, making them a great option for hanging herb gardens. Also, you don't have to deal with stud finders, a drill, or any other tools—that's a win in our book!

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