The 10 best trailing plants for your home

The 10 best trailing plants for your home

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Trailing plant: Pothos

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Pothos, often called devil’s ivy, is probably one of the most common houseplants – but that doesn’t make it any less beautiful. This movable plant comes in many different varieties and colors, making it a great choice for hanging from a basket or macrame plant hanger. It can grow in bright, indirect light or shade, although it will not grow as quickly in shade. You don’t need to water it frequently either, about once a week during the warmer months and once every two weeks during the winter. Be sure to check to see if the soil has dried completely between waterings.

Pothos are fast growers and can be easily propagated to create more plants in your home. Just cut it close to a node and put it in water, and you’ll have another plant soon enough.

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Trailing plant: fishbone cactus

Trailing fishbone cactus plants
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The fishbone cactus is a truly unique plant that is not in high demand. If you handle it right, you will see it flourish. If you are Do Watch them bloom, be sure to keep a close eye on them as the flowers only last a day or two but they give off the sweetest scent ever.

The fishbone cactus likes its soil to dry out completely so you won’t need to water this plant frequently (once a month most of the year). They prefer part sun and part shade which means they will need about two to four hours of direct sunlight each day.

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Trailing plant: Scindapsus Pictus

Trailing plants Scindapsus pictus
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Another easy-to-care-for plant is Scindapsus pictus. It is often referred to as silver or satin pothos, however, it does not actually fall within the pothos family. These plants have smooth green leaves with silver spots. They’re really pretty and will let you know when they’re thirsty – their leaves will start curling up if they need a drink.

Similar to pothos, you only need to water it about once a week during the warmer months and once every two weeks during the cooler months. This can change depending on the placement of the plant or how much heating your home has. Scindapsus pictus is a fast grower and the vines can reach long lengths. If your plant’s leaves are starting to grow too small, it’s probably time to repot it.

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Trailing Plant: Monstera Adansonii

Trailing plants monstera adansonii
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A member of the Monstera family, the adansonii plant is a beautiful, flowing version that is perfect when grown in a hanging pot. They love moisture, so if you have a bathroom with a window, this will be a great home for them. It does well in bright, indirect light and will grow quite large if cared for properly. Make sure the top layer of soil is dry before trying to water it.

The size of the leaves on these plants will vary, and you may see that some leaves have a lot of holes while others don’t – this has to do with the way the plant grows. The holes allow the plant to get optimal light without expelling too much energy. If you have a younger plant, it probably won’t have many leaves with holes, but as it gets older, it will start to grow them.

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Trailing plant: Hoya Linearis

Trailing plants Hoya lineara
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The Hoya Linearis or wax plant is a delicate plant that is really easy to care for despite being part of the Hoya family. Hoyas can sometimes be finicky plants, but linears tolerate quite dry soil, so you don’t have to water them frequently at all (once a month in winter, twice a month in summer). They love humidity and prefer to get approximately two to four hours of direct sunlight per day. If you treat these plants well, they will reward you with beautiful white flowers.

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Extra Plant: Hearts Series

Trailing plants linear ceropegia, series of hearts
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The Chain of Hearts, or Ceropegia Lineris, is given this name because its leaves resemble small hearts. These plants thrive in bright, indirect light and will grow like crazy in the right lighting conditions. They are delicate plants so make sure to water them only when the top layer of soil is completely dry. During the summer it might be twice a week, but in the winter it could be once every week and a half. Be careful not to overwater because it is very difficult to revive these plants if they suffer from root rot.

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Trailing plant: Philodendron Brazil

Trailing Plants Philodendron Hederacium Climbing Brazil
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Philodendrons are available in a number of varieties and colors. One of the most striking versions of the plant is the brazilian plant, whose leaves are divided into two colors, dark green and neon green. It can grow very quickly in the summer months but tends to go dormant in the winter. Philodendron plants like to have the top layer of their soil dry before watering; You can expect to water it about once a week in the summer and twice a month in the winter.

They are great plants because they can tolerate low light and continue to grow, however, if you really want them to trail and grow long, beautiful vines, you should give them about four hours of direct sunlight daily.

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Trailing plant: Tradescantia Zebrina

Trailing plants Tradescantia zebrina
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Another plant that requires a lot of attention is Tradescantia zebrina. Their soil needs to be kept moist for them to truly thrive (in the winter months, water them once a week, and in the summer, twice a week). This stunning plant has green striped leaves with purple undersides making it a stunning plant to look at when it’s late. It prefers bright, indirect light but will be fine with some shade. However, if you want to really grow and allow the vines to grow, you will need at least four hours of direct sunlight every day.

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Trailing plant: lipstick plant

Trailing Plants Echinanthus lipstick plant
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Named for the gorgeous red flowers this plant can grow, Aeschynanthus japhrolepis is a great treat to grow in your home. If your bathroom has a window, let this plant live here because it thrives in high humidity. This plant will not do well in shade so make sure it gets bright, indirect light. Water your lipstick plant only when the top two inches of its soil feels dry, which is once a week in the summer and twice a month in the winter. The lipstick plant can track quite a long way, so if it gets a little crazy, just cut it back with scissors.

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Trailing Plant: English Ivy

Trailing plants: Hedera helix, English ivy
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Hedera snail (English ivy) is known as an outdoor plant. However, in recent years, people have been bringing the plant indoors. When healthy, they look very pretty when hung in a pot so their leaves can be left out. They prefer shade so they can grow well in low light situations. They need high humidity, so misting them with water is really important.

This is certainly a high demand plant and you need to make sure the soil stays moist which means that in the summer months you may have to water this plant almost every day – if this sounds like too much work, stay away from this plant.

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Taylor Fuller has nearly 100 plants in her London apartment and loves sharing her tips and expertise with other plant lovers. In addition to writing about plants, Taylor has also released her first book, Rainbow Atlaspublished.

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