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Indoor plants are one of the best additions to improve the overall appearance of your home. Among these indoor plants, trailing plants will brighten up any setup with their lush and vibrant foliage. These plants can be hung to the ceilings or placed on a shelf and their foliage will do the rest.

Today, we’ll explore some amazing trailing indoor plants that you can easily grow at home and enhance your indoor garden. We’ll also look at some care tips for these plants, while some trailing plants can thrive with minimal maintenance others need much more care.

12 Trailing Plants

1. Monstera adansonii

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Adansonii are beautiful trailing plants that belong to the Monstera family. The foliage of these trailing indoor plants cascades elegantly when placed in a hanging pot. These plants are also easy to grow as long as you provide them with bright indirect sunlight and high humidity levels. So a bathroom with a window is the perfect place for these plants.

The foliage of these plants also has a unique ability to produce holes in the leaves. This allows the plant to receive enough sunlight without spending too much energy. This also gives the plant a unique look as it grows older.

2. Pothos (Epipremnum aureum)

Pothos also known as devil’s ivy is one of the most common indoor plants. These trailing plants are cherished for their beautiful bright green foliage and low maintenance. Moreover, these plants come in various color options for you to choose from.

Pothos is not very needy when it comes to watering and sunlight. These plants can thrive in bright light or shade, however, the plant will grow much slower in shade. Pothos also don’t need much watering – once every week in warmer months and once every two weeks in winter. Furthermore, these trailing indoor plants are easy to propagate.

3. Satin Pothos (Scindapsus pictus)

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Not a part of the Pothos family but often referred to as satin or silver pothos, these low-maintenance trailing plants are known for their attractive foliage. The leaves of these plants have a smooth texture and silver speckles on them. And, the leaves of these plants will curl to indicate loss or deficiency of water.

The watering schedule for these plants is similar to pothos, however, the placement of the plant can affect that. If placed under heat the plant would demand more water. These trailing indoor plants are also fast growers and would need repotting once the size of leaves starts getting smaller.

4. String Of Pearls (Senecio rowleyanus)

The string of pearls is a succulent plant that produces one of the most unique foliage among other trailing plants. Like their name, these plants feature thin stems decorated with tiny leaves resembling peas’ color and shape.

More similar plants to the string of pearls are the string of bananas and the string of dolphins which look exactly like their names. Since these are succulent plants they don’t need much watering and make sure to use a well-draining potting mix suitable for succulents to prevent root rot.

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5. Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum)

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The spider plant is a classic low-maintenance indoor plant with attractive foliage. These trailing indoor plants can be a great choice for hanging and with just a little care and bright light these plants can also reward you with tiny white, star-shaped flowers.

These trailing plants need less water as their roots can hold a lot of water for a long time. Moreover, the spider plant loves being pot-bound so you don’t need to repot them very often.

6. Goldfish Plant (Nematanthus gregarius)

The goldish plant is special as it is cherished for its beautiful flowers rather than lush foliage. Unlike most other trailing plants these plants feature attractive orange or yellow flowers that are shaped like goldfish and waxy teardrop-shaped leaves on long vines.

These plants usually grow on trees in their natural habitat, however, you can grow these plants in pots by providing a well-draining pot mix and sufficiently bright, indirect light. This will help the plant to grow a large number of flowers.

7. English Ivy (Hedera helix)

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Generally, grown as an outdoor plant the English Ivy is slowly making its place in the indoor garden of many plant lovers. These trailing plants are a perfect choice for hanging baskets. However, these are high-maintenance plants and require regular care.

These trailing indoor plants are humidity-loving and grow best in shade. Moreover, they prefer consistently moist soil so you might need to water these plants nearly every day in summer.

8. Burro’s Tail (Sedum morganianum)

The burro’s tail also known as the donkey’s tail is one of the most easy to grow trailing plants. These succulents are very low-maintenance and can thrive with minimal care. These plants produce long ropy vines of tiny leaves.

Like most other succulents Burro’s tail also needs bright sunlight and very little water. You need to take care of these succulent plants while moving them as little bumps can cause the delicate leaves to fall off. However, you can use the fallen leaves to propagate and create new plants.

9. Fishbone Cactus (Epiphyllum anguliger)

These cactus plants are pretty low-maintenance and can treat you with beautiful flowers if grown under the right conditions. However, cherish the blooms as they only last one or two days—other than that the foliage of these trailing plants can also create a beautiful sight to see.

You only need to water these plants once a month as they prefer dry soil. Place these plants in a location with partial shade where they can receive two to four hours of sunlight.

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10. String of Hearts (Ceropegia woodii)

Another plant that is a part of the Senecio genus the string of hearts is a lovely houseplant. These trailing indoor plants are known for their cute heart-shaped leaves which are pale green and white-colored. Like most succulents, these plants also thrive in minimal water and bright sunlight.

These plants are perfect for beginners but make sure to provide enough light or the leaves will not grow as colorful and lush.

11. Creeping fig (Ficus pumila)

A member of the Ficus genus and cousin of other members. However, the ficus pumila is a little different as it is more hardy, and instead of growing upwards, these plants like to trail which makes them the perfect plants for covering ground.

Use a well-draining pot for these plants as they like consistently moist soil but can’t tolerate water sitting around the roots.

12. Chain Cactus (Rhipsalis paradoxa)

These trailing plants produce chain-like leaves on several feet long stems. These plants are related to the Christmas cactus. Chain cacti only require the typical succulent plant’s care.

Provide these trailing indoor plants with occasional misting and bright indirect sunlight. Under the right conditions, these plants can also surprise you with small white flowers in the spring. Chain cacti is a great indoor plant as it is pet-friendly and removes harmful toxins from the air.

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How To Care For Your Trailing Plants?

Caring for your trailing plants is easy as most trailing indoor plants are hardy and don’t have any special needs. You can care for your trailing plants by following these tips.

  • Keep a tight watering schedule and make sure not to overwater your plants.
  • Pick the right location for your plants where they can receive ample sunlight.
  • Choose a well-draining potting mix suitable for most indoor plants.
  • Protect your plants from extreme temperatures.


Trailing indoor plants are one of the best choices for any indoor garden as these plants are easy to grow and their cascading foliage creates a beautiful display. So make sure to grow these plants in your home and improve their appearance.

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