Top 6 Trailing Houseplants | The Rapunzels of the plant world

What’s not to love about trailing houseplants? No serious… We cannot think of any reason. Their long trailing stems give your plant an extra wow-factor and make it the highlight of any house. They look especially great if you choose to hang them from the ceiling or put them on a high shelf. Scroll down for our 6 favourite trailing houseplants.

Golden Pothos

Known by many names, like Golden Pothos and Devil’s Ivy, the Epipremnum aureum is the ideal trailing plant for beginners. Nowadays it’s one of the most popular indoor plants because it looks fantastic and is very hard to kill. You can choose to let it trail or it can be trained with the help of a wire. Please note that the Golden Pothos is poisonous to cats and dogs.

Monstera Adansonii

Next on our list of trailing plants is the Monstera Adansonii, also known as the Swiss Cheese Plant. This might confuse you because its big brother Monstera Deliciosa goes by the same name. You can distinguish the Adansonii by its delicate leaves and smaller size. If you leave the Adansonii unsupported it has the tendency to trail. Place the plant in a bright spot with indirect sunlight to keep it happy.

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Golden Pothos
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Monstera Adansonii

String of Pearls

The Senecio Rowleyanus’ leaves look like beautiful strings of peas, hence its common name String of Pearls or String of Beads. This Senecio is related to succulents and adopt very similar care requirements. Watering is required every 2-3 weeks or monthly. Soak the soil through when watering to keep the roots moist. But try not to get the vines themselves wet as they tend to rot off – watering from the bottom is the best method.

String of Hearts

The ‘Ceropegia Woodii’, better known as the String of Hearts or Rosary Vine. This trailing plant has long slender vines covered in heart-shaped foliage. As the String of Hearts is a semi-succulent plant, it’s a perfect plant for beginners. The String of Hearts likes dry soil better than wet soil. Make sure not to overwater it and let the soil dry out between waterings.

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String of Pearls - picture by Laura Bailey
String of hearts
String of Hearts - picture by Laura Bailey

Peperomia Prostrata

How cool would it be to have a plant called String of Turtles in your home? The Peperomia Prostrata earned this common name because of the little round leaves that resemble a turtle’s shield. Unfortunately, they are not as tough as a turtle’s shield, the leaves can fall off quite easily when moved. It’s best to stick to bottom watering and only leave them in the water for about 10 minutes otherwise the leaves will wilt.

Curly Lipstick plant

This funky plant is called Aeschynanthus but is better known for its common name: lipstick plant. It has acquired this unusual name because of the red flowers that are concealed in tubes that this plant produces. There are several Aeschynanthus varieties but our favourite is the Aeschynanthus Twister/Rasta. The twisted and curly leaves make it into a one of a kind trailing plant.

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Peperomia Prostrata
curly lipstick plant
Curly Lipstick plant

This was our top 6 trailing houseplants but there are lots more trailing plants to discover like the Satin Pothos or the Heartleaf Philodendron for example. Find a local florist near you to treat yourself to one of these lush plants. 

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