2021 | BEAUTIFUL HANGING/CASCADING/TRAILING SUCCULENT PLANTS

Hanging succulent plants are some of the most beautiful succulent plants. There are a lot of varieties and species of hanging succulent plants that are used for ornamental purposes.  Hanging succulent plants are also called trailing succulent plants. These plants have a habit of growing large and once they grow large enough to outgrow the pot, instead of going upwards, they spread and trail around the pot. Their beautiful branches fall out of the pot to create a scenic beauty that mesmerizes the eyesight.

The hanging succulent plants are one of the easy-to-care-for plants. These plants require a minimum amount of care to grow and thrive. They do not need intensive care. Their beauty, and easy to care nature make them perfect for every succulent lover. Also, these plants can grow in indoor environments as well. So, if you are looking for a beautiful succulent that you can grow indoors, you should grow one of the trailing succulent plants.

Below is a list of the 8 most beautiful trailing or hanging succulent plants that you can grow. 

String of Hearts

The String of Hearts plant, which is also known as the Ceropegia woodii, is a small trailing or hanging succulent plant from the Apocynaceae family. This plant is native to Africa and was brought to Europe and the Americas by colonial settlers. It is one of the most beautiful succulent plants because it has leaves that are shaped like small hearts. The String of Hearts plant can grow up to a few feet. It is a highly branched plant, and its branches hang around the pot it is kept in. In most modern homes and offices, this plant is usually hung alongside the walls. Below are the care guidelines related to the String of Hearts plant.

Care Guidelines

Temperature: The String of Hearts plant needs slightly warm conditions to grow. Make sure to maintain the temperature at 80 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit around the plant. This is the optimum temperature that this plant needs to grow fast and thrive.

Sunlight: The String of Hearts plant needs full sun to partial shade conditions to grow and thrive. If you are looking forward to growing the String of Hearts plant in an indoor environment, you will have to make sure that you keep your plant in a bright place where it can receive a sufficient amount of sunlight.

Watering: The String of Hearts plant needs a regulated water supply, it does not like the soil to be wet all the time. It can survive drought conditions. You should only water your String of Hearts plant when the upper layer of the potting soil starts to dry. Overwatering can kill the roots of your plant, so you should avoid that.

Soil: Soil is one of the most important factors in growing the String of Hearts plant outside its natural habitat. If the soil is not right, your String of Hearts plant would die after plantation. So, you will need to make sure to provide it with the required type of soil. It needs sandy, nutrient-rich, and slightly acidic soil to grow and thrive. Also, you should make sure that the soil you use is well-draining and does not trap water inside

Fertilizers: The String of Hearts plant will need a lot of nutrients to grow and thrive. You can provide these nutrients in the form of fertilizers. You should create a mixture of fertilizer and water and feed it to your plants regularly.

Pruning: If your String of Hearts plant is growing out of shape or out of control, you should prune your plant. Pruning should be done after the flowering season. It would help you get rid of the dead flowers, leaves, and branches that are out of shape. Pruning helps your plant save its resources and boosts its growth.

Protection: The String of Hearts plant may need protection against common pests and problems. You should check your plant for any kind of diseases or infestations if you find any signs of the attack. You can use pesticides to control the spread of these attacks on your plant.

String of Buttons

The String of Buttons plant, which is also known as the Crassula perforata, is a beautiful trailing succulent plant. Its name String of Buttons refers to its small leaves that are shaped like buttons. These leaves are arranged on the trailing branches of this plant. They create a scenic and beautiful look. It is also a flowering succulent plant and produces small flowers during the blooming season. It is one of the most attractive succulent plants and is used for educational purposes. It is mostly hung alongside the walls and in balconies to create a beautiful interior and exterior look. Below are complete guidelines related to taking care of the String of Buttons plant. 

Care Guidelines

Temperature: The String of Buttons plant is native to a warm climate, hence it needs the temperatures to be slightly warm. It needs protection from cold and frost during the winter. So, if you are growing it in a cold region, where temperatures can drop below 0 C, you should keep it indoors for protection. According to the USDA hardiness zones, it can be planted in the zone 9 to 11a.

Sunlight: The String of Buttons plant is a succulent plant, and it needs full sun to grow and thrive. You can also grow it under partial shade conditions and indoor environments if you live in a hostile environment. If you live in a very hot zone, you should keep your plant indoors, but make sure that it is exposed to enough sunlight. Otherwise, your plant would not reach its maximum growth potential.

Watering: The String of Buttons plant has thick fleshy leaves that can store water. This helps them survive the harsh summers with a low supply of water. You should only water your String of Buttons plants if the soil starts to dry. Overwatering and severe underwatering are both not recommended for these plants as they can impact their health.

Soil: The String of Buttons plant needs a similar soil that most other succulent plants need. It needs the soil to be well-draining so that it can protect its roots from rotting due to overwatering. It needs the soil to be full of nutrients, and slightly acidic.

Fertilizers: The String of Buttons plant needs a regulated supply of the required fertilizers. You should administer the fertilizers according to the given instructions on the fertilizer packaging.

Pruning: As you know, the String of Buttons plant grows a lot of branches and leaves. To control the size of the plant and maintain its look, you will have to prune your plants. You can prune them by cutting dead parts, such as leaves, flowers, and branches.

Protection: Your String of Buttons plant may need protection from small insects and pests. You should use a specific type of pesticide or insecticide to kill these infestations.

String of Pearls

The String of Pearls, which is also known as the Curio rowleyanus, is a small cascading succulent plant from the Asteraceae family. This beautiful plant is known for its leaves that are shaped like pearls or beads. These leaves are arranged in an opposite formation on their branches. This is a drought-resistant plant and it can survive without water for a long time. This is because it can store water in its beads or pearls like leaves. It is also one of the most beautiful cascading succulent plants that you can grow in your balconies and indoors. Below are some of the important care guidelines for planting and growing the String of Pearls plant.

Care Guidelines

Temperature: The String of Pearls plant is a succulent plant from a warm climate, hence it needs the temperature in its surroundings to be moderately high. It is not a cold-hardy plant. So, if you are planning on growing it in a cold region, you should know that you will have to keep it indoors during the winter. It needs temperatures between  70° – 80° degrees Fahrenheit during summer and 55° – 60° degrees Fahrenheit during winters. Temperatures below this could hurt the growth of your String of Pearls plant. According to the USDA, you can grow it in zone 9 to 11a.

Sunlight: The String of Pearls plant needs full sun to partial shade conditions to grow and thrive. In cold regions, it would need full sunlight, meanwhile, in some very hot regions, it may need protection from the sun during summer. So, in warm climates, keeping it in a shady place during the afternoon would be more suitable.

Watering: The String of Pearls plant needs a regulated water supply. Its roots are very delicate and can get root rotting disease if it is overwatered. So, you should only water your String of Pearls plants when the soil around them starts to dry. Test the soil before watering and decide according to that.

Soil: The String of Pearls plant needs nutrient-rich, well-draining soil. A soil that contains basic elements to support its growth and that does not trap water inside for a long term. This type of soil is created by mixing sand, soil, pumice, perlite, fertilizers, and compost.

Fertilizers: The String of Pearls plant needs fertilizers to properly grow and thrive. Fertilizers help provide nutrients to your plant. Nutrients that your plants need to grow. You should use recommended fertilizers according to the prescribed methods.

Pruning: The String of Pearls plant also needs pruning as it grows a lot of branches, leaves, and flowers. If you do not prune it regularly, its branches would look chaotic instead of beautiful. You should cut all the extra or dead parts and remove dead leaves and flowers from the plant during pruning.

Protection: The String of Pearls plant may need protection from small insects such as aphids, spider mites, and ants. Washing your plant with detergent water can help you get rid of some of these. But using an insecticide and pesticide is recommended in case of a severe attack.

String of Nickels

The String of Nickels, which is also known as the Dischidia nummularia, is a drought-resistant trailing succulent plant. This plant is known for its hanging or trailing habits and its beautiful leaves that are shaped like Nickles or coins. The String of Nickels plant grows a lot of long branches that are covered with the Nickle or coin-like leaves. These branches spread outside the pot. Similar to other hanging succulent plants, you can keep them in balconies and can hang them alongside the walls. Below are a few important care guidelines related to the String of Nickels.

Care Guidelines

Temperature: The String of Nickels plant is native to tropical zones, hence they like to grow in moderately warm climates. They do very well in hot regions, but in cold climates, they will need protection from cold winters and snow. These plants thrive if temperatures are between 40 to 80-degrees F or 4 to 27 degrees C. It is recommended to keep them indoors to protect them from the cold during the winter.

Sunlight: The String of Nickels plant needs a bright environment to grow. So, if you have a sufficient amount of light indoors, you can grow these plants indoors as well. These plants need 5 to 6 hours of sunlight every day. During the summer in hot regions, you might need to keep your String of Nickels plants indoors to protect them from sunburn.

Watering: You should only water your String of Nickels plants when the soil in their pot starts to dry. During the winter, watering once every 10 to 14 days will be enough, meanwhile during the summer, watering once every 6 to 8 days is recommended. If you live in a cold region, you should water your plants less often.

Soil: To prepare the soil for the String of Nickels plant, you should add a layer of pumice and perlite, after that add some sand and soil mixture. Add some compost in the mixture and fertilizers as well. After that, provide some water to your soil and let the layers settle in their places before planting.

Fertilizers: The String of Nickels plant needs a lot of nutrients. You can provide these nutrients to your plant with the help of plant fertilizers. Get a recommended fertilizer for your String of Nickels plants and feed them according to the instructions manual.

Pruning: If the branches of your String of Nickels plant grow extra-large, you can prune them to control the spread. Apart from this, pruning after flowering helps get rid of the dead flowers and leaves as well. You should prune your String of Nickels plant after the bloom ends.

Protection: The String of Nickels plant will need protection against some insects and pests. You can get rid of these problems using different methods. The most popular method to get rid of these infestations requires using chemicals.

String of Dolphins

The String of Dolphins, which is also known as the Senecio peregrinus, is a beautiful trailing succulent plant. The name of this plant refers to the shape of its leaves. Its leaves have a shape like a dolphin and these are arranged in opposite formation throughout the branches of this plant. The mother stem of this plant produces a large number of branches that outgrow the pot and start hanging with the pot. This creates a beautiful cascading or trailing plant look. Due to its beautiful leaves, it is one of the most beautiful and most sought-after succulent plants. If you are looking forward to growing this plant, read the care guidelines below. 

Care Guidelines

Temperature: The String of Dolphins plant needs a slightly warm temperature to grow and thrive as they originate from a warm climate. They can grow in outdoor conditions in their natural habitat and moderately warm climates outside their habitat. But if you are growing them in a cold region, you must keep them indoors and maintain temperatures between 65 to 72° F or 20 to 22° C during the summer and 45 to 50° during the winter.

Sunlight: The String of Dolphins plant needs full sun to partial shade conditions. If you are growing the String of Dolphins plant in its natural habitat, it can face the sunlight all day long. But if you are growing it in a hot environment, you will need to keep these plants indoors to protect them from sunlight in the hot midday.

Watering: The String of Dolphins plant needs a regulated water supply. They do not like to be overwatered as it can damage the roots, and they also do not like to be underwatered as it can halt their growth. Keeping a balance between dryness and wetness would help you grow this plant. Check the soil for dryness before watering.

Soil: The String of Dolphins plant needs slightly acidic soil that contains a lot of sand. Sand helps make the soil well-draining by allowing the water to move out quickly. The soil must also contain all the basic nutrients required for their growth. So, you should mix fertilizers and compost in the soil as well.

Fertilizers: The String of Dolphins plant needs a lot of nutrients to grow. Nutrients in the soil quickly depleted after planting. After that, you have to use fertilizers to provide nutrients to your plants. You should make a mixture of water and fertilizers and feed it to your String of Dolphins plant once every 40 days.

Pruning: The String of Dolphins grows a lot of branches that are covered with dolphin-like leaves. Sometimes these branches overgrow. If this happens, you will need to prune them out. You should prune your String of Dolphins plant after the blossom as it will help you get rid of the dead flowers as well.

Protection: The String of Dolphins plant may need protection against some pests and insects. You can use appropriate chemical sprays to get rid of these infestations.

Donkey’s Tail

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The Donkey’s Tail or Burro’s Tail is a cascading succulent plant, also known as the Sedum morganianum. It has thick leaves that surround its branches. Its cascading branches create a beautiful look. This is a flowering plant and produces small flowers during the blooming season. It is also one of the most beautiful options for indoor cascading plants to grow. It is native to moderately warm climates but can be grown anywhere in the world with proper care. If you want to grow this plant in your home or office, read the care guidelines below.

Care Guidelines

Temperature: Similar to many other succulent plants, the Donkey’s Tail plant also needs slightly warm conditions to grow. So, if you live in a cold region, you will have to keep your plant indoors during the winter to protect it from snow and extreme cold. Try to maintain a temperature between 65 to 75 F during the summer and 45 to 50 during the winter.

Sunlight: The Donkey’s Tail plant needs full sunlight to grow. You should keep your plant outdoors or in a bright place during the winter so that it can get maximum light. Meanwhile, if temperatures during the summer are high, keep your plant indoors but in a place where it can get sunlight almost all day long.

Watering: The Donkey’s Tail plant should only be watered if the soil in the pot has become dry. This plant can survive the drought conditions during the winter. But during the summer, it will need some water to grow and thrive. You should water your Donkey’s Tail plant more often during the summer and less often during the winter.

Soil: Soil for the Donkey’s Tail plant should be acidic, well-draining, and full of nutrients. You can create this type of soil by adding pumice, perlite, sand, clay soil, compost, and fertilizers to the soil mixture. This will help you create a balanced type of soil.

Fertilizers: You should use a recommended fertilizer to fertilize your Donkey’s Tail plant. The best way to feed fertilizers to your plants requires creating a mixture of plant fertilizer and water and feeding this during the watering to your plant.

Pruning: The Donkey’s Tail plant will need pruning once every year. You should prune its branches and leaves after the spring season.

Protection: The Donkey’s Tail plant will need protection from some insects and pests that are common in succulent plants. You should use recommended chemicals to get rid of these infestations.

Elephant Bush

The Elephant Bush or Dwarf Jade plant, which is also known as the Portulacaria afra, is a South African trailing succulent plant. Elephants eat this plant as their food, hence it is named as Elephant Bush plant. It is a beautiful plant with small leaves and beautiful flowers. Its branches get covered with leaves during the summer and during the blooming season, it produces a large number of tiny beautiful flowers. It is also a great indoor decorative plant grown worldwide for its beautiful features. If you want to grow this plant in your home, you will need to follow the guidelines given below. 

Care Guidelines

Temperature: The Elephant Bush plant needs moderately warm climate conditions to grow. It can also be grown in cold regions, but it would need protection from the cold and snow. In USDA zone 9 to 11, you can keep this plant outdoors during the winter, but in zones below 9, you must keep them indoors all year long to protect them from snow. Make sure temperatures never fall below 25° degrees Fahrenheit, otherwise, your plant would die.

Sunlight: The Elephant Bush plant needs partial shade during the hot summer days and full sunlight during the winter. If you live in a cold region, you can keep your plant exposed to the sun all year long. But in hot regions, protection from the burning sunlight is very important as it can cause the leaves to turn yellow and die.

Watering: The Elephant Bush plant needs a less frequent water supply during the winter and a more frequent supply during the summer. In summer, you should water your Elephant Bush plant once every 7 to 8 days, meanwhile in winter watering once every 15 days would be enough.

Soil: The Elephant Bush plant needs well-draining soil to grow and thrive. You can make the soil well-drained by adding sand and pumice/perlite to the soil. Apart from well-draining, the soil should also be full of nutrients. You can add nutrients to the soil in the form of fertilizers and compost.

Fertilizers: The Elephant Bush plant will need fertilizers to keep its growth rate steady. You should use an appropriate succulent fertilizer to feed your plant. You should mix fertilizer with the water and feed this mixture to your plant regularly.

Pruning: The Elephant Bush plant will need pruning once every year. Its branches grow very fast and you will need to prune them to control the spread. Apart from controlling the spread, pruning will help you shape your plant as you want.

Protection: The Elephant Bush plant will need protection against some insects and pests such as aphids, mealybugs, and spider mites. You should wash your plant and use chemical sprays to get rid of these infestations.

Little Pickle

The Little Pickle or Ruby Necklace plant, which is also known as the Othonna Capensis, is a small succulent plant used for indoor decorations. This is a trailing plant and known for its beautiful leaves that cover the entire pot and also fall out of the pot as well. Its beautiful trailing habit, its leaves, and tiny flowers make it a great choice for indoor decorations. Mostly they are used in balconies and alongside the walls in homes. Below is your guide related to taking care of the Little Pickle plants.

Care Guidelines

Temperature: The Little Pickle plant can live and grow in slightly cold climates. It can be grown in zone 9 regions of the USDA hardiness zones. You should keep the temperature around the plant above a Minimum of 20° F or -6.7° C. Also, protect the plant from the snow.

Sunlight: The Little Pickle plant should be kept in full sun to partial shade conditions. In summer, you should protect your plant from the harsh sunlight. Keeping your plant in a shady place where it receives plenty of sunlight during the morning would be the best idea. If you have a window that opens east, you should keep it there.

Watering: The Little Pickle plant is drought-tolerant and can live without water for a long time. But a prolonged drought can halt the growth of your plant. For that reason, you should not let it completely dry. Create a balance between dryness and moisture and water your plant according to that.

Soil: The balanced soil for growing the Little Pickle plant should contain pumice, perlite, sand, fertilizers, and compost. Adding sand and fertilizer will make the soil well-draining and rich in nutrients. This is important as it helps your plants thrive and protects their roots from getting root rotting.

Fertilizers: The Little Pickle plant needs a lot of nutrients to grow fast. Fertilizers are the only way to provide these nutrients to your plant. You should mix the fertilizer with the water and feed it to your plant. Fertilizers will help your plant maintain the momentum of its growth rate.

Pruning: Pruning of the Little Pickle plant is very important as it helps you get rid of the dead leaves, branches, and flowers, but it also helps conserve the resources of the plant. You should prune your Little Pickle plant after the spring season once every year.

Protection: The Little Pickle plant may need protection against the common succulent plants’ pests and insects such as mealybugs, spider mites, and fungus gnats. Washing your plant with detergent water can help you get rid of these pests. But if this does not help adequately, you should use chemical sprays to kill these pests.