Lots of people will just tell you that you can’t, they’ll say that if you want to have a hanging plan you’ll have to deal with dripping, so either put these hanging pot plants outside or in a place where any water that leaks wont be a problem. There are ways however to stop your hanging plants from leaking and that is what we will explore here today.
There are several factors that go into stopping your hanging houseplants from leaking water. In this article we’ll cover commercial solutions to collect water drippings, we’ll go over some changes you can make to how you plant your hanging baskets in the first place to stop leaking and some watering methods to prevent your pots from leaking all together.
Many companies offer a drip tray that can be used on your hanging plants. Often it is a clear plastic tray that clips onto the pot and will collect any water that drips out.
The obvious pro here is that any water that is collected will be stored, wont drip through the plastic tray and that the whole process of installing one of these drip trays is very simple and easy. You go to the garden store or even just order one from amazon, clip it on to your pot and you’re good to go.
Like any solution that has pros, there are some cons to go along with it. The main issue that I have with these hanging drip trays is that they’re not too aesthetically pleasing. They’re made of clear or black plastic, they take away from the shape of the pot your plant is hanging in and they can become an eyesore as you’re taken away from looking at your beautiful houseplant only to see a drip tray full of water.
The other issue I have with drip trays for hanging plants is that sometimes they may not be completely effective. If you or anyone else bumps the plant, the drip tray may spill if it is full. I cant imagine anything worse than a surprise shower of plant water brought on by an accidental misstep!
If you want something quick and easy, then go for a drip tray for your hanging plants, it may not be the best looking accessory in the world, however as long as you don’t go around swinging you hanging plants, it should work just fine. We’ve tried a few different kinds but fount that these work best, you can find them on Amazon through our link.
Lining your hanging basket correctly
It is important that when you make your hanging baskets that you line them correctly to prevent them from leaking water. For this I like to use either sphagnum moss or a cocoa liner.
This is a great option to use as the lining for your hanging baskets, not only does it give a great natural look, but it also can be very effective in preventing water from leaking onto your floors.
The reason why sphagnum moss is so good at water retention is because of its thick, lush, spongy texture. Anything that can be described as a sponge will naturally be great at holding water. This type of moss is made from large empty cells which can hold water for a long period of time, containing moisture for use later on in dry periods. This will help your hanging plants thrive whilst leaving your floors dry of any water leakage.
The natural look that using sphagnum moss gives is also unbeatable when it comes to plant hangers. The moss looks alive and will certainly add to the overall look of your centrepiece. One thing to consider though when lining your basket with sphagnum moss is that it can be extremely tedious to work with however with a bit of patience and a bit of time your hanging plants will look fantastic.
Sphagnum moss is also relatively cheap, you can check it out on Amazon here.
You’ve almost definitely seen these before in hanging plants. Made from the fibres of coconut husks, coco liners are a cheap and easy way to line your hanging plant baskets. They are often moulded to a specific size of basket but you should have no issue finding something appropriate.
They simply fit into the basket hen you can continue with your potting mix and then your plant. They’re simple to use, and will help to stop your hanging baskets from leaking.
There are some drawbacks, however. Firstly, the coconut husk fibres are not as absorbent as something like sphagnum moss, meaning that if there was excess water, while the coco liner can help to hold it in, it will only keep it in place rather than store it to eventually evaporate. The other draw back of using coco liners is the look of them. They’re not anything special, they don’t particularly compliment any plant too well either. While they wont look out of place and too man made like the commercial drip trays, they don’t scream nature either. This reason is why I prefer to use sphagnum moss for this purpose. However if you do prefer the look of the coco liners, you can find them here.
How to water your hanging plants so that they don’t leak
The way in which you water your hanging plants can also help to prevent them from leaking. The fist thing you need to find out is if your plant really needs to be watered. If there is already enough moisture in the soil, watering may not only cause the hanging plant to start dripping but it can also mean that you’re overwatering the plant which may make it difficult to grow.
You only need to water your plant when the top inch or so of soil is dry, to check this, simply stick your finger an inch down into the soil, if it feels wet, you don’t need to water just yet, if the soil feels dry, then it is time to add some moisture.
There are too common practices when watering hanging houseplants. This first of which is aptly named the “bathtub method”. This method consists of taking down your hanging plants, putting them in the bathtub or sink and water the plants there, this way you will be able to give them a good drink, any water that would have dripped out will go straight down the bathtub drain and when that stops you can hang your plants back up. This is the most efficient way to water your hanging plants and will also keep them the healthiest.
The other method for watering hanging houseplants is the “small sip method”. This is done by watering your plants bit by bit, so any water you add will be able to soak into the soil and not run through and out of the pot. The benefits of watering this way is that you wont need to take your plants down however there are more significant drawbacks by doing it this way. By doing the small sip method you will be constantly watering your plants and not giving their roots time to get used to periods of drought or dryness, this means that in the future if you cannot water them as often they may begin to struggle. This technique will also only work with plants that can handle constant watering and moisture, some plants such as orchids that cant handle a frequent watering cycle will not respond well. For these reasons I find that the bathtub method of watering is superior, when combined with a sphagnum moss lining, you should have no issue at all.
Well there it is, how to stop your hanging houseplants from leaking water. If you follow these easy suggestions you will have no issue with this in the future and will be able to enjoy your hanging houseplants without cleaning up any leaking water!