Plastic vs. Wire Hangers for Hanging Pots

Trailing succulents are good choices for hanging baskets. Their fleshy growth stands up well in high winds, and the fact that they are succulents means they don’t wilt if they miss a watering.

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That’s the good news. The bad news is that if they thrive, over time they and their pots get pretty heavy. If you use plastic pots with plastic hangers, like I have, you discover that plastic does not stand up well to the weight along with the sun and weather, and over time will weaken and break. I know this because in the last three weeks I have rescued two of my oldest pots, pictured below, which I found before all three of the lines of their plastic hangers had broken. They were dangling precariously from their remaining two lines, on the verge of dropping on top of various cactus dish gardens underneath them.

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Another of my succulent hanging pots full of donkey tail sedum is really heavy and is at least as old, if not older than the ones that broke, and it is hanging from a wire hanger and shows no signs of crashing to the ground. And usually the wire hangers are on pots made of a more durable material, which is not a bad idea, either.

So I suggest that you use studier pots with wire hangers. They may not be quite as pretty as some plastic ones, but will be more durable for you. And the weight may not be as much a factor as the general deterioration of plastic in our heat, but why take a chance? Succulents are hard to repot without knocking off all their fragile leaves, so by starting out with a durable pot with durable hangers lets you skip that possibility in the future.

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And after the succulent grows, it covers up the pot anyway. So there you go.

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6 thoughts on “Plastic vs. Wire Hangers for Hanging Pots

    • Barbara, assuming it freezes in your area, you will need to take the donkey tail in for the winter. Just make sure you hang it by a window for light, and if it is heavy like mine, make sure you hang it from something sturdy. Sorry I was so late in relying; the computer was in the shop.

  1. Hi. How long did either of your donkey tail and the string of pearls take to grow out to such a magnificent display? I just started a few of each and after a lifetime (only 4 weeks!), it had barely grown a bit..

      • Yes i’m prepared to wait the years. Your picture is very inspiring and one day, I hope mine will fill out like that too. Do you have any tips on pruning of the donkey’s tail to make it fill out?

        Lately, perhaps having been under too intense afternoon sun, my string of pearls had been growing into a dull shade of green (instead of bright lime). And it’s gone quite sappy and sticky to the touch too. Still trying to get the most optimal conditions for them….

  2. Trim the donkey tail up high on the plant and then be prepared to wait, again! If you will look under the stems close to the pot, you might see where the leaves have fallen off and all you have is stem. That would be a good place to cut, where the have begun to fall off. Then you have the rest of the string with leaves on it to replant. I would cut it into sections and group them together in a smaller pot for a fuller new little plant. And give the string of pearls a chance to refresh in less sun; that might help.

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