Indoor Hanging Plants: In Lightbulbs

Confession time, I’ve become overly fond of hanging plants from the ceiling. The hanging foliage is far too dramatic for me to resist and green just adds life to a space.

Hanging plants are perfect decorating solutions for limited spaces. That is unless plants die within a day of reaching your hands. If that’s you, I don’t recommend trying this.

So, what could be more dramatic than hanging plants from the ceiling? Well, I’m glad you asked- The answer is obviously to recycle lightbulbs, use them as planters and then hang them from the ceiling! I’m a genius.

A Morning glory


Jokes aside, lightbulb planters are really fun decorations, and fairly easy to make. I got the idea from a Pinterest post where emptied light bulbs were being used as vases for cut flowers. So, if I can use a lightbulb as a vase, why not grow a plant in one?

The first step is emptying the lightbulb, which takes a little practice but isn’t difficult. After that, there are two ways to grow a plant inside.

Replanting in a lightbulb

My first hanging lightbulb planter was used to grow a rose, which I still have. I started with a miniature rose plant and after removing all the soil surrounding the plant’s roots I divided the root base into two sections so I could fit the plant through the small lightbulb opening. Working the rose into the lightbulb without being stabbed was a little tricky but once it was in, I just needed to fill the bulb with potting soil.

Note: Roses need to go through a winter cycle before they will flower again. So if you plant roses, either be willing to let it go dormant in a cool place or just keep it as a cute little bush.

Also, If you want consistent foliage, be sure to rotate the plant occasionally, since the leaves will turn towards the sun.

Growing a lightbulb plant from seed

If the previous planting method was too much, the easier option is to grow a plant from seed. To do this, just fill the lightbulb with soil, drop a seed into the planter and cover it with a little dirt. After that, water the soil and leave the lightbulb in the sun.

Note: I’ve mainly planted pole beans so far. They climb up the suspension cables and grow like crazy. If you try another type of plant let me know how it turns out!

Pole beans


Hang your planter near a window where the plants will get daily sun (south facing windows are usually the best for this).

The key to keeping the plants alive is maintaining moist soil, don’t let it get too dry but also don’t let the plant sit in water. If the plant runs out of water it usually will recover. The real risk is over-watering, since there is no way for the water to drain. Once you get the hang of things, lightbulb planters are easy to care for and slightly addictive to make.

Good luck, and let me know how it goes!



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