10 of My Favorite Trailing Houseplants


For immediately’s publish, I’ve put collectively a high ten of my favorite trailing houseplants that I like to develop right here at HOUSE PLANT HOUSE. It wasn’t till I moved once more final Summer season that I realised that fairly a bit of my plant assortment contains of hanging or trailing houseplants! As I’ve been discovering locations for these crops within the new place, I’ve developed a newfound appreciation of such a plant and simply how transformative it may be in an inside. There’s a little bit of a mixture of foliage crops and succulents right here and one thing for many tastes I believe. Let’s get into it…

1. Philodendron brasil

Philodenron brasil is a plant that has actually grown with me over the previous few years and is at present skimming alongside the ground! It’s foliage is an fascinating mixture of mid-green and a vibrant chartreuse which implies that each leaf is exclusive. One among my favorite elements of variegated crops is that they will look extra three dimensional and fewer ‘blocky’ than strong inexperienced crops, which might generally tend to look heavier in opposition to a light-weight wall.

My plant has lived in quite a few positions in my final three houses; hanging alongside the facet of my wardrobe in my previous condominium, within the nook of my residing area within the cottage and right here it’s tumbling down a bookshelf. It’s simple going, is definitely propagated and works with quite a lot of decor kinds too. I develop mine round one metre from a west-facing window which it loves!

2. Rhipsalis baccifera / Rhipsalis cassutha: mistletoe cactus

This dainty-looking plant is a beautiful trailing possibility for smaller areas and one I don’t see too usually. As a plant group, jungle cacti basically (and Rhipsalis extra particularly) are actually rising in reputation with an increasing number of varieties and have gotten extra broadly obtainable. My plant was a propagation experiment a couple of years in the past and it’s all the time such a pleasure to see a reducing turn into an precise plant like this. It’s been an adaptable one for me to develop in a spread of situations and may tolerate intervals of neglect once in a while. I significantly prefer it styled in a minimal setting in opposition to a light-weight wall as within the images beneath:

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3. Spider plant: Chlorophytum comosum

The common-or-garden Spider plant is a traditional for my part and is one which I all the time appear to have a couple of of in my dwelling – undoubtedly one in all my favorite trailing houseplants. I’ve grown a couple of varieties over time and these are my two variegated crops:

Issues get fascinating when Chlorophytum mature and start to provide plantlets as a result of that is the purpose that the plant actually turns into a cascade of greenery which might look dynamic and attention-grabbing. These plantlets may be propagated or left hooked up to the mom plant to create this waterfall impact. Some may take into account these a retro houseplant however when styled in a minimal setting (versus a macrame plant hanger which might really feel a bit 70’s), they tackle a extra trendy, sculptural aesthetic.

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4. Peperomia hope

I’ve a little bit of a penchant for trailing succulents as a result of they’re usually simple to look after and forgiving when you overlook to water once in a while! This explicit cultivar is definitely a hybrid between Peperomia deppeana + Peperomia quadrifolia and my favorite Peperomia I personal. The plant has grown from fairly a small pot to fairly an announcement plant over the past 4 years and it’s at present trailing down the facet of an previous French tambour cupboard in my new area. As a sluggish grower it’s taken quite a few years to achieve this measurement. It’s solely now beginning to get a bit leggy so I’m going to prune it in Spring time to assist rejuvenate the plant and preserve it rising effectively. The coin formed succulent leaves are fairly uncommon and an amazing possibility for one thing a bit of completely different within the ‘trailing plant’ class.

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5. Epipremnum aureum:Pothos! Particularly Marble Queen, Manjula and Golden varieties

It actually wouldn’t be a favorite trailing houseplants publish with out point out of a Pothos! These crops are maybe essentially the most widespread hanging/trailing plant you’ll see on social media, and for good motive. They’re adaptable to a spread of dwelling environments and look nice in quite a lot of settings. I’ve chosen my three present favorite Pothos inside this ‘level’.

The golden pothos is arguably the best to develop out of my three best-loved varieties and may cope significantly effectively with decrease mild ranges. My different two favourites, the Marble Queen and Manjula are each variegated sorts. These two require extra mild to develop effectively and their foliage is completely stunning to admire up shut. I can all the time inform I’m keen on a plant once I develop ‘again up crops’ and I all the time appear to have 3 or 4 pots of Marble Queen dotted across the place right here! I’ve included a photograph of my mature plant within the instagram publish beneath for reference. Manjula, with its undulating leaves is unquestionably the slowest rising of the three.

From left to proper above: Marble Queen – Manjula – Golden Pothos.

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6. Selenicereus chrysocardium: Fern Leaf cactus

A extra uncommon trailing houseplant subsequent, with a protracted title! Selenicereus chrysocardium is often known as a Fern leaf cactus and is a kind of jungle cacti. It’s is a sluggish however regular grower and I’ve grown mine from a small reducing I received despatched as a plant swap fairly a couple of years in the past. Should you love a zig zag/fishbone cactus, this Selenicereus is a superb different. Because the plant matures it can begin to path and it seems nice in a easy plant hanger. These aren’t that simple to return throughout, however when you do discover one, I’d extremely advocate it!

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7. Asparagus fern: Asparagus densiflorus ‘Sprengeri’ — also referred to as Emerald Fern, Emerald Feather

A welcome addition to my trailing plant assortment comes within the type of an Asparagus fern. This was a curve-ball plant buy for me a few years in the past as it’s fairly completely different to my different crops. The feathery plumes create a softness to an area that feels fairly whimsical, however regardless of their delicate look, I’ve had success rising this in all types of rooms. Different sorts of Asparagus fern may be fast to shed however I’ve discovered the Emerald fern to be strong compared.

On account of their extra ethereal aesthetic, this plant works significantly effectively in smaller areas the place bigger leaves can generally dominate. I’ve loved rising mine off a ceiling hook and a curtain pole to maximise the trailing influence.

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8. Hoya Linearis

Hanging Hoyas are having a second within the limelight and my Hoya Linearis is one in all my favorite trailing houseplants. I like how the plant doesn’t take up a lot of area, however it creates appreciable influence. There’s additionally one thing neat about it’s development behavior which actually appeals to me – I like the way it can look fairly architectural subsequent to a window body or one thing structural, which accentuates it’s linear kind. Extra mature crops can get fairly giant over quite a few years, however it’s simple to prune or propagate by division to permit it to work in your area long-term. In a smaller room, a couple of pots comprised of a few strands on a bookcase or shelf may be extraordinarily putting.

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9. Senecio jacobsenii /Kleinia petraea: ‘Weeping Jade’

Time for a extra uncommon favorite now – generally know because the weeping/trailing jade. It’s a sluggish rising succulent that in time, begins to hold over the pot in a really sculptural, nearly gravity-defying method! I propagated this from a small reducing so it’s taken a couple of years for mine to begin to path. The diminutive measurement of this plant means it’s an excellent candidate for a smaller area too – I’m rising mine in a wall planter for a minimal look.

In my final place, it was having fun with life on the south east windowsill however it developed a little bit of a suntan in Spring with the rise in mild depth. Therefore the purple hues within the two images beneath. After a couple of weeks it was again to it’s deep inexperienced tone although!

10. String of Hearts: Ceropegia woodii, Ceropegia woodii variegata

Final however not least, my beloved String of Hearts deserves a high ten favorite trailing houseplants spot for positive! If you’re an everyday reader you’ll understand how a lot I’ve been having fun with rising my SOH crops this final eighteen months. I’m actually hoping to have the ability to emulate the rising situations right here within the Chapel conversion. I’ve received a giant publish on how I look after my String of Hearts right here if you wish to learn extra on that.

From a plant styling perspective, these trailing strings (or chains) of hearts look effortlessly fairly when trailing out of a dangling planter, or trickling down the facet of a shelf. On account of their delicate nature, these usually work finest with different, equally delicate crops. As you may think, they do take some detangling, however rising smaller pots makes this a barely extra manageable job…!

I significantly like them in a show with a small pot of Peperomia Hope, as within the picture beneath left:

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I hope you loved seeing ten of my favorite trailing houseplants immediately and that it’s supplied some plant buy or plant styling inspiration for you. It’s been an pleasing publish to place collectively to shine a light-weight and acknowledge a few of the houseplants that kind the premise of lots of our plant collections!

If you’re new to crops and are not sure about the place to start out on the trailing plant entrance, a golden pothos is all the time my choose! When it comes to want listing crops, some trailing crops I’m coveting in the intervening time are a Lepismium bolivianum or Rhipsalis paradoxa, both of which might look incredible close to my Hoya linearis. For one thing leafy, a Scindapsus treubii moonlight is correct up my avenue – I simply love something with slivery leaves.

I’m wanting ahead to sharing the plant design side of the renovation challenge earlier than lengthy and I’ll remember to share the concepts and course of in a future piece right here on the weblog.

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