By Kathee Mierzejewski
If you are someone who has always been partial to hanging baskets, yet you like cacti and succulent plants, you might be wondering, “What are my choices?” There are plenty of succulent plants that hang down that are perfect for hanging baskets.
Some cacti and succulents are best being allowed to grow tall or straight out of a pot. However, there are many types of hanging cactus and unusual succulents that enjoy growing in a hanging pot so they can stream down as each new piece starts.
Types of Hanging Cactus
Here are some popular hanging succulent plants:
- Burro’s tail (Sedum morganianum) - One of the prettiest sedums, this is one of those unusual succulents that grows in the pot and has pendant stems that tend to cascade down over the edges of the basket. The foliage is short and very light green. The entire plant is covered by bluish-silver blooms. Hanging succulent plants are usually easy to propagate, and the Burro’s tail is no exception.
- Flowering sansevieria (Sanservieria parva) – This particular hanging cactus starts out as an upright plant that ends up becoming one of those hanging succulent plants with bright green foliage. The foliage is shaped like a lance and can be one and a half feet in length. It also flowers with little pinkish-white blooms.
- Lamb’s tail - Similar to the Burro’s tail, this is one of the unusual succulents that has larger leaves that aren’t as tender as the Burro’s tail. Further, the leaves are a little stronger held than the Burro’s tail leaves which tend to drop when touched.
- Ragwort vine (Othonna capensis) – This is one of the creeping hanging succulent plants. It is actually a member of the Daisy family. It has trailing stems that reach many feet in length. This is an excellent example of plants that hang down because it trails nicely. It has yellow blooms that require sunshine in order to open up. This is a beautiful type of hanging cactus.
- String of hearts (Ceropegia woodii) – Sometimes called the rosary vine, the stems are long and pendulous and this is a great choice of hanging cacti if you are looking for plants that hang down beautifully. It has leaves shaped like hearts and while the upper surface of the leave is a pretty blue green with some silver, underneath the leaves you will find a beautiful purplish gray. Easily propagated, these types of hanging cactus are truly a great addition to any of your hanging plants.
- String of pearls (Senecio rowleyanus) – This easy-care succulent plant resembles a beaded necklace with its fleshy green, pea-like foliage and looks great in hanging baskets.
- String of nickels (Dischidia nummularia) – This trailing succulent plant has interesting foliage that screams for attention. It consists of round gray-green leaves which are flat and reminiscent of little coins (about nickel size) hanging from a string.
There are many different types of hanging cactus, and they are pretty easy to care for because hanging succulent plants do not require watering as often as other hanging plants. In answer to “What are my choices,” you can see there are plenty of choices to be had if you want to start putting hanging cacti around your home and garden.