How to Hang Plants From an Apartment Balcony

 Can You Hang Plants on a Balcony?

Yes! One of the main concerns about having plants on your balcony is leaving yourself enough space to enjoy them. Plants take up space on the floor, so if you can hang them, you'll have more space to do other things. Although some setups make it a bit difficult, this article explains a few different ways to hang plants on your balcony, some of which you may not have thought of.

In my previous job managing water audit teams and teaching hotel managers how to conserve water in their landscapes, I noticed that many of these hotels had balconies with beautiful plants. Hanging plants are a great way to display plants, but it can be difficult for people without porch decks to know how to do this, not to mention that when porches have decks, they are part of your home. roof.

In this article you will find tips on how to hang plants from the ceiling, walls, railings and even the floor. If you're renting and your landlord doesn't want you digging holes outside, you'll also find tips on hanging plants without digging.

Make the Most of Your Apartment Balcony

Most porches, at least in America, are fairly barren. There is a flat slab with concrete walls, plain or decorative railings, sometimes a deck - not very convenient. But sitting on a porch is a great way to enjoy the outdoors, especially in a city where most of the outdoors is the same — concrete, asphalt, car horns. With the addition of plants, your balcony can be made as private and beautiful as you want.

Hanging a few plants is a great space-saving way to bring trees and gardens closer together and increase privacy and tranquility in the process. Even if your balcony doesn't have a roof, you can still hang plants from other places. If it has a ceiling, and extends beyond the railing, plants hung from the edge can make your balcony appear larger.

There are several easy ways to hang plants outside.

A balcony offers four main places to place hanging plants – the ceiling (if you have one), both walls, the balcony railing (railing), and the floor space. There are also several ways to comment in each area.

If your plant is heavy, you will need more care wherever you place it. Consider how you hang it, what you hang it from, and how it is attached to the container. You don't want a heavy plant to tear off the ceiling or wall, hit the ground and break its pot or crush the plant.

Hang heavy plants without damaging your wall or ceiling

What makes the plant heavy is planting it in a ceramic or pottery pot, using garden soil instead of pot soil, and the amount of plant material decreases, such as one large plant or several smaller plants next to each other in the arrangement. Here are some tips on how to hang heavy plants.

Tips for Hanging Heavy Plants

After planting your plant in the final container, water it and weigh it when wet to see how heavy it is. This will tell you whether or not you need to take these steps:

Do not use regular ropes or plastic plant hangers, they are not strong enough, use chains instead.
Be sure to use strong S hooks to attach the chains to the container.
When hanging from a wooden ledge above, use hook nails into the wood (not nails).
When hanging from a metal cornice, use a very long chain and loop it at the top. Use a strong S-hook or carabiner clip (lobster clasp) to attach the additional chains that make up the hanger.
Do not hang heavy plants with plastic or aluminum; Hang it on the wall instead. Plastic cornices are not strong enough.
To hang a heavy plant on the wall, use screws (not nails) to attach a sturdy bracket to the wall. Hang your plant from a stand.

Note that the exterior wall is not the same as the interior wall of your home. While the interior wall of a home is usually a hollow space covered with drywall and supported by studs (wooden beams inside the wall), the exterior wall is strong and sturdy, such as brick, concrete, or wood. Drilling into a solid wall requires long screws to hold the heavy structure in place.

How to Hang a Plant from a Roof or Eaves of a Balcony

If you have a porch ceiling, the plants hung from it will depend entirely on the type of ceiling you have — mesh or plastic canopies, covered eaves, wood slats, or masonry-like walls.

If the ceiling is strong enough, but you don't have a lot of space and want lots of plants, consider hanging a layer of plants – hang one, then another below it, and another below it. Place the frame in a corner, and you'll have plenty of plants while still having room to move.

Hanging Plants From a Plastic or Fabric Awning

Plastic and fabric umbrellas have metal supports, so you should be able to hang your plant directly from the support. However, these supports can be made from lightweight aluminum or heavy steel, which makes a big difference. You will need to test the strength of the support first.

Since aluminum supports are fairly weak, you will need to be careful about how many plants you hang and how you do so - perhaps a fairly light basket (10 pounds) at each end of the support. Less humid than) not all at the same time place.

If your supports are steel, they will be stronger and can hold more weight. In either case, the best place to hang plants, especially heavy ones, is near the brackets that go into the wall and secure the canopy.

Materials Needed:

Install a hook hanger, or
You can use supports, S-hooks or clips (for heavy plants) to hold the chains together, or
Large decorative S-shaped hook that you can hang on your plant hanger.

Step by step instructions:

Pull on the awning supports to see how strong they are, or tap them with a nail, hammer or scissors to see how they look. A dull ring means it is aluminum, and a clear ring means it is steel.

If your plant weighs less than 10 pounds when wet and has a hook on the end of the hanger, hang the hook on one of the supports where it will support the weight well.

If your plant hanger doesn't already have a hook, use a large decorative S-shaped hook to attach the plant stand ring. Then attach the larger part of the S hook to the support.

If your plant is heavy and the supports are strong, throw the string over the support and secure the ends with an S-hook or carabiner clip—both on the same end of the hook—and then hang the plant from the other (empty) end. Off the hook.

Hanging Plants From Wooden Eaves

Plants hung from wooden porch eaves are similar to plants hung from a deck or balcony/patio. Just be aware that if your plant is hanging over the edge and outside the balcony railing, if it falls (or it flies off its hook), you will have to secure it to the ground, but it will lose.

Materials Needed:

Ceiling hook screw (wooden)
Electric drill with wood drill bit
Small ladder.
Polyurethane-based glue, such as Gorilla Glue
The plant hanger is long enough to water the plant.

Step by step instructions:

Choose a drill bit similar to the spiral portion of the hook.
Mark the spot you want on the wood joist with a ladder to be high enough.
Using a drill and drill bit, drill holes in the wood at your desired mark.
If your plant weighs (or will grow to) more than 10 pounds, squeeze glue onto the screws.
Insert the hook into the hole, and wipe off any excess glue. Wait 24 hours for the metal to adhere to the wood.
Water your plant by hanging it.

Hanging Plants From a Concrete Ceiling

Some balconies, instead of being platforms extending outside the building, actually enter the building, so the rooms and walls are made of the same material as the building itself. It is usually brick or concrete.

Drilling holes in these walls or ceilings is more difficult than drilling holes in wood and requires different tools. Although you can use a regular electric drill, it is slow and takes a lot of time. Renting a hammer drill will make the job much faster.

Materials Needed:

4" concrete screw with anchor
Hammer drill with stone bit (can be rented)
Small ladder.
Hammer
The plant hanger is long enough to water the plant.

Step by step instructions:

Choose a drill bit similar to the spiral portion of the hook.
Using a ladder to reach a sufficient height, mark your desired point on the roof.
Use a hammer drill and a bit to drill the hole on your sign.
Install the screw anchor into the hole you just created.
Turn the screw eye into the anchor.
Water your plant by hanging it.

How to Hang a Plant From the Balcony Wall

How to hang a plant on a balcony wall depends on the type of pot you have and the amount of wind your balcony receives.

For a well-ventilated balcony

If your balcony is exposed to strong winds, you will need to hang the planter securely to ensure it does not fly away or hit the wall. To do this, you will use a half pot (wall planter) and attach it to a hook or screw driven into the wall (not a nail).

Make sure you buy a pot that is large enough to give the roots room to grow. When you hang the pot, you will place the flat side against the wall, and the plant will grow out and forward.

Materials Needed:

Wall planter with accompanying screws
Same size as drill screw and drill bit
Soil
Plant (preferably hanging)

Step by step instructions:

Check the materials and instructions for your wall planter. Some are hung with just one screw, others with two.
Mark the spot on the wall where you want your planter.
Use the drill to drill the hole you marked.
Attach the wall planter to the screw terminals.
Add soil and plants to the pot, then water.

For a Breezy Balcony

For a balcony that is ventilated, not ventilated at all, or protected by a privacy screen, you can hang the entire round pots for free. The best way to hang it is to install a decorative backing and hang it from the end of the stand. The brackets allow the pot to be suspended and allow room for the plant to grow in all directions.

Materials Needed:

Decorative (or plain, if you prefer) stand with accompanying screws
Drilling using drill bits.
Plant with pots and hangers.
pencil
Screwdriver

Step by step instructions:

Hold the bracket against the wall in the desired location.
Draw a pencil through the holes for the brackets and mark their points on the wall.
Choose a drill bit that is the same size as the screw provided. Drill holes where marked.
Hold the bracket against the wall so it can fit the holes you just drilled. Insert the screw into the hole. To insert the screw into the wall, use a screwdriver. Apply the same technique to the second screw.
Check the strength of the bracket by pulling it down. If that's okay, hang your plant on the rack's hook.

Creative ideas for hanging plants without digging

Although hanging plants from the ceiling or wall is most popular, there are other ways to hang plants that don't require drilling. If you're renting an apartment or condo, and your landlord doesn't allow digging, knowing these methods can be especially helpful. Here are several.

Magnetic Hook: If you have a steel roof, consider purchasing a strong magnetic hook to hang your plant. Choose your location carefully before installing because the strong magnet will be difficult to move once attached to the bar.

C-clamp: If your balcony wall is 6 inches or less thick, or if you have a ceiling with wood joists, you can attach a C-clamp horizontally to it and hang your plants from the end, and it can be hung. A C clamp is the same type of clamp you use to hold two pieces of wood together after gluing them together.

Trellis: Place a trellis on a balcony railing or wall and hang plants from its crisscross pieces. This is a good way to hang several small plants together. This works especially well when using wall mounts (half pots).

Wooden or metal frame: Make a large square frame out of 2-by-4s — like a giant window frame — and attach it to the porch with twisted wire or lean it against a wall with heavy furniture or plants in front of it. Hang plants from the top bar.

Over-the-Door Hanger: If you have a railing (either a railing or stones) that is the same thickness as the door, you can purchase an over-the-door coat rack for the top rails and hang plants from the coat hooks of the hanger. We are. Instead, try growing plants in a window box placed over a screen.

Portable Clothes Rack: With the portable clothes rack, you can hang plants from rods (or hooks), place other plants on any included shelves, and move them as often as you need to. You can move the shelf around the balcony or in the living room. If you get one with top and bottom rails instead of shelves, you can hang twice as many plants. You can decorate the parties to make them more fun.

Plant Pole: You've seen bird cages hanging from decorative poles, right? You can also hang the plant on a pole. Simply ditch the birdcage and hang your plant on a pole hook instead. Or place the plant inside the bird cage and let it grow through the bars.

Swing bench: If your porch is large enough to accommodate a swing bench or chair, you may be able to hang plants on poles that secure it.

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