Adding hanging succulent plants to your home is an effortless way to maximize growing space while adding a touch of natural beauty. With their ease of cultivation and diverse leaf shapes, sizes, and colors, succulents are a popular choice for indoor spaces. In this article, we will explore 16 captivating trailing succulent plants that you can grow in your home and learn how to care for each one.
What are Hanging Succulent Plants?
Succulent plants are known for their thick, fleshy leaves that store moisture, making them drought-tolerant and low-maintenance houseplants. Hanging succulent plants, as the name suggests, have trailing stems that cascade over the sides of their pots. Some succulents mound over the edges of their containers, while others spill down several feet. Popular choices for hanging succulents include string of pearls, Christmas cactus, and string of dolphins.
Growing Tips for Hanging Plants
To ensure the healthy growth of your trailing succulents, it’s essential to provide them with ample light and well-draining soil. Opt for a cactus growing mix or succulent growing medium, as these mediums allow for excellent drainage. Overwatering is the fastest way to harm a succulent, so it’s crucial to water only when the soil is dry about an inch or two down. Assess soil moisture by using your finger as a gauge.
When positioning your hanging succulents, consider placing them in an area where light reaches all parts of the plant, including the top. Avoid hanging plants above windows where only the trailing stems receive light. Insufficient light at the top can hinder new growth.
Ideal Containers for Hanging Succulent Plants
Trailing plants can be grown in various containers, such as hanging baskets, macrame hangers, plant stands, or wall-mounted pots. Regardless of the type of container you choose, ensure it has proper drainage holes at the bottom. In case there are no drainage holes, it’s recommended to find a smaller plastic container with drainage holes that fits inside your desired pot. This way, you can remove the smaller pot during watering, allowing excess water to drain away. Afterward, place the plants back in their larger containers until the next watering session.
16 Incredible Hanging Succulent Plants
Are you ready to explore a captivating selection of trailing succulent plants for your home? Below, we have categorized our favorites into short trailers, medium-length trailers, and long trailers. Let’s dive in!
Short Trailing Foliage
Mexican Stonecrop: This versatile succulent is ideal for both indoor and outdoor growth. While it doesn’t trail as much as others, it grows rapidly and is easily propagated. Look out for cultivars like ‘Lemon Coral’ with beautiful lime-green leaves.
Calico Kitten: With heart-shaped green leaves edged in cream and pink, this variegated succulent adds a pop of color to any indoor garden. It thrives in morning sun and bright indirect light.
October Daphne Sedum: A cold-hardy succulent, October daphne sedum exhibits blue-green leaves with pink edges. It grows both outdoors and indoors, requiring a sunny spot with well-draining soil.
Medium-Length Trailing Foliage
String of Turtles: This charming succulent plant features rounded leaves with dark and light green mottling, reminiscent of a turtle shell. It prefers bright indirect light and a high-humidity environment.
Hindu Rope Hoya: With its unique twisted, curling leaves, the Hindu rope hoya adds an exotic touch to your hanging collection. It thrives in bright indirect light and requires well-draining soil.
Christmas Cactus: Known for its arching, hanging branches and attractive flowers, the Christmas cactus is forgiving and easy to grow. It prefers indirect light and infrequent watering.
Long Trailing Foliage
String of Pearls: One of the most popular hanging succulent plants, string of pearls showcases unique round leaves that grow in long chains. It prefers a balance of direct and indirect sunlight.
String of Bananas: Similar to string of pearls, string of bananas is an easier succulent to grow. Its oblong, banana-shaped leaves trail up to 4 feet, making it a low-maintenance choice.
String of Dolphins: The leaves of this plant resemble leaping dolphins with flippers, adding a whimsical touch to your hanging display. It thrives in sunlight and prefers well-draining soil.
These are just a few examples of the captivating hanging succulent plants you can incorporate into your home. Remember to provide adequate light, well-draining soil, and water sparingly to ensure the health and longevity of your trailing beauties.
For a sneak peek of some of these hanging succulent plants, check out this video that showcases a few of our favorites:
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Discover the joy of hanging succulent plants in your home. With their cascading beauty and easy-care nature, these plants are sure to enhance any indoor space. Explore the unique foliage and shapes of these stunning succulents and create a captivating display that brings nature indoors. To get started on your hanging succulent journey, visit Ames Farm Center for a wide selection of these delightful plants.