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Best Trailing Plants and How to Care for them

There are so many beautiful trailing houseplants to add to your collection. Here are 7 trailing houseplants that everyone needs in their home, as well as how to individually care for each plant, because not every plant has the same needs.

1. String of pearls (Senecio rowleyanus):

String of pearls

This plant has long green vines with a bunch of small leaves that resemble peas. Each strand can grow up to 3 feet in length, and at this point consider trimming and propagating using the trimmings. This plant needs bright, indirect sunlight and well draining succulent or cactus mix. Make sure to not overwater this plant or else it can develop root rot.

2. String of hearts (Ceropegia woodii):

String of hearts

The string of hearts is another trailing succulent just like the string of pearls. Except this plant has little heart shaped leaves, hence its name. This plant needs bright, indirect light and place it in a south facing window. It also needs well draining potting soil, as it is important to not overwater this plant.

3. Burro’s tail (Sedum morganianum):

Burro's tail

This plant needs bright, indirect light and well draining soil mix. It has tiny green strands of succulent leaves attached to the rope-like stems. This plant is very low maintenance, and as long as you give it bright, indirect light, and water it every so often it should grow beautifully. Just be careful if you plan on transporting this plant as the leaves are very delicate and can fall off easily.

4. Purple heart (Tradescantia pallida):

Purple heart

The purple heart has deep purple leaves and it grows very quickly. This plant needs bright, indirect light to direct light. If you take good care of this plant you may even notice small purple flowers growing on your plant.

5. Pothos (Epipremnum aureum):

Golden pothos

Pothos are very low maintenance plants, just make sure that you give them low to bright indirect light and all-purpose potting soil. This leafy vine can be trained to grow hundreds of feet long. There are many different varieties of pothos including, satin pothos, golden pothos and marble queen pothos. If you decide you’d prefer your pothos to climb upwards instead of trailing, it can easily grow on a moss pole.

6. Chain cactus (Rhipsalis paradoxa):

Chain cactus

This plant needs partial shade, to bright indirect light and cactus mix or well draining, rich soil. This plant has long chain-like leaves that can grow several feet long. This plant is part of the succulent family, meaning that it is important to not overwater this plant and to let the soil dry in between each watering. Consider occasionally misting this plant or placing it near a humidifier as it also enjoys high humidity.

7. Spider plant (Chlorophytum comosum):

Spider plant

This plant needs bright indirect sunlight and all purpose potting soil. The spider plant is extremely easy to grow and nearly impossible to kill, making it a houseplant classic. This plant prefers to be pot-bound so keep that in mind while repotting. If you hang this plant in front of a nice, bright window, you may notice the plant rewarding you with some beautiful little white flowers.

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