How can I hang ferns from this hollow porch ceiling?

Does anyone know how to hang plants from the ceiling without holes? I've tried all kinds of toggles and they eventually pull through. Should I paint a board and attach it across fastening it to studs? The studs ar not located in th right places for hanging plants.

how can i hang ferns from this hollow porch ceiling
  18 answers
  • Jane Ketchum Jane Ketchum on May 02, 2017

    Instead of a plain painted board, I would install a ceiling medallion with a hanging hook.

  • ROYCADERS ROYCADERS on May 02, 2017

    install a board between the ceiling joists, then install the hook at the desired place. The board can be painted to match the ceiling.

  • Judy Prier Burgess Judy Prier Burgess on May 02, 2017

    I don't think that would work because a ceiling medallion would also need to be fastened into a support beam. The support beams are not near the center of the posts where I want to hang ferns. 🤔

  • Judy Prier Burgess Judy Prier Burgess on May 02, 2017

    Thanks, That was the only solution I could think of too. Makes sense. 👍

  • Joanie Joanie on May 03, 2017

    I see you have plenty of beams......can you not buy some decorative plant hooks or any hook for that matter and hang them from those. Remember your ferns and remember what they far as sun and shade, I mean.....

  • Judy Prier Burgess Judy Prier Burgess on May 03, 2017

    There aren't plenty of beams. What you see is just a vinyl covering. Boston ferns work very well here. My yard had gone from full sun to shady in the 19 years I've lived here. I actually hung ferns with toggle bolts into the vinyl for years but eventually the toggle bolts pulled through and left big holes. The beams are nit in ththe center of the openings where the ferns need to hang.

    • Kathy Haines Cramer Kathy Haines Cramer on May 03, 2017

      I'm thinking she meant the posts? You could use those metal hanging brackets on the side of your posts.... Or attach a length of wood to the posts. From one post to the next. Attaching them to your post, then you could hang a planter to that. :)

  • Maggie Baker Maggie Baker on May 03, 2017

    What about concrete nails? They worked in cement wall. Use two and tie a wire to each. Just a guess. Not sure. Is there soon ch a thing as concrete hooks?

  • CecileH CecileH on May 03, 2017

    Are the posts wood or are they vinyl covered metal support posts? I would suggest putting a cross beam between the two posts if you can mount hangers on each post to attach it. Then you can put your hooks in anywhere along that cross beam you want and with it being hung as a beam you will be able to hang many from it since it will hold the weight of a water soaked planter. I would do this across the whole front of the support posts making it look like it's capped and finished. Then go buy more ferns! lol

  • Dgp19802307 Dgp19802307 on May 03, 2017

    Can you attach a hanger to the front of the posts instead of from the ceiling?

  • Emily Lacko Emily Lacko on May 03, 2017

    Screw some large eye bolts or hooks into the posts and run a length of chain between them. Hang the potted ferns from the links in the chain. You could use rope but it would probably stretch too much.

  • A A on May 03, 2017

    Have you considered attaching something to the floor and going up from there?

  • John Karnes John Karnes on May 03, 2017

    Maybe try tension rods between the Post

  • Marie Panko Marie Panko on May 03, 2017

    I had same problem. I used a shepard's hook in the ground next to porch. Looked like they were hanging from the porch.

  • Jnc22440961 Jnc22440961 on May 03, 2017

    Using a lighter potting soil and lighter pots will also help them from pulling through used toggles that are large or if you have access to the space above the ceiling go in and put cross Boards of two-by-fours that you can drill into from the ceiling and put heavy duty bolts in to hang from

  • Pas13195345 Pas13195345 on May 03, 2017

    Use pipes. Get a length of pipe that would fit snugly between two of your columns. Each end should be threaded. Get the circular end pieces that have screw holes in them and the inside of the hole where the threaded end of the pipe would screw into should be the same size and threaded just like the ends of the pipe. In other words, they screw together. If you have measured correctly, the pipe and its two ends will fit snugly between your two columns. Because you can screw the ends onto the 4x4 (that is what they look like to me) columns, you can decide how high or low you want your pipeline (lol) to be. Now using flower baskets with the hook as the "handle", hang your ferns from the pipe. As long as you don't put hundreds of pounds of weight into those baskets, the pipe should not bend. (Copper should NOT be used. It is too soft. PVC should NOT be used. Iron pipes are strong and should hold up.)

  • Rose P Rose P on May 03, 2017

    I'm with Marie Panko, A shephards hook or plant stand.

  • Molly B. Molly B. on May 03, 2017

    Try to get to the space above the ceiling. If you can, then put a board there and screw your hangers through the ceiling into the board. You can put a long board that fits between the posts or use smaller boards and put them only above where you want to hang a plant. The board won't be visible but it will hold your plants securely.

  • Mcgypsy9 Mcgypsy9 on May 04, 2017

    You said you have support beams up there. Run a length of board between the support beams, like a 2 x 4 close to the ceiling you show above. You would have to remove a portion of the ceiling in order to do that. It looks as if it's easy to remove and put back.