|DIY hanging pothos|
I not only inherited my maternal great-grandmother's giant split-leaf philodendron years ago, but also for a housewarming gift asked my mother for a cutting off my deceased grandmother's pothos plant (not to be confused with a heart-leaf philodendron), the one she always kept atop her toilet tank. So it's fitting that this pothos start now has a place in my own bathroom, hanging off the end of the clawfoot tub. Since my great-grandmother has been dead for 25 years and my grandmother for 16, the fact that houseplants of theirs are still living and thriving I find rather amazing as well as nostalgic. Who knew common houseplants had such longevity?
Philodendrons and pothos (aka devil's ivy), of course, are some of the easiest houseplants to maintain: prolific, tolerant of low light, and hard to kill. Because my thumb's only a light green, durability and a degree of self-sufficiency are qualities I highly value in my leafy dependents. I water them when I think about it and keep them away from direct sun, and they're more or less content. Plus, they detox my air.
However, this poor start has been sitting in a canning jar filled with water for three-and-a-half months till I found the right pot. The plant has lost leaves and color, the new growth smaller, stunted, so I'm hoping it likes its new earthy digs.
For this simple DIY project, I used this tutorial, modified to look more like these from 3191 with a color accent and a more streamlined shape. The pot is a hand-thrown planter found at Goodwill for $3, a bit small but fine for a couple of years. I liked the shape, glaze, and built-in saucer.
|hanging pothos plant, secondhand pot|
The hanger is cobbled together from a small key ring and a stainless S-hook from IKEA, both of which I had on hand, wrapped with a bit of thrifted hot-pink cotton crochet thread below the hanger and on the underside, which, granted, is a bit trendy but can be easily undone.
|hanging plant, top ring detail|
|hanging pothos, knot detail|
Full-on macramé is too retro and visually heavy for me, so this look with the thin hemp, minimal knotting, and hot-pink accent color modernizes the hanging-plant concept and softens my stark-white bathroom. And with any luck, the hemp twine will hold and the pot not come crashing down on my head the first time I take a bath in the tub, which, admittedly, I have not yet done, bathing (as opposed to showering) being for me purely a winter sport.
|hanging pothos underside with accent detail|