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 and are perfect for hanging baskets.
Types of Hanging Cactus and Succulents
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.
If you’re not sure which plants to choose, that’s okay. Below you will find some popular hanging succulent plants that are must haves for your home to help get you started. Best of all, many of these require very little maintenance.
Here are some great selections:
- 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 (Sansevieria parva) – This particular hanging plant starts out as an upright plant and ends up becoming one of those hanging succulent plants with bright green foliage. Flowering sansevieria foliage is shaped like a lance and can be one and a half feet (0.5 m.) in length. It also flowers with little, pinkish-white blooms.
- Ragwort vine (Othonna capensis) – This is actually a member of the Daisy family. It has trailing stems that reach many feet (1.5 to 2.5 m.) 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.
- String of hearts (Ceropegia woodii) – Sometimes called the rosary vine, the stems on string of hearts are long and pendulous and a great choice 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.
- String of pearls (Senecio rowleyanus) – This easy-care succulent plant resembles a beaded necklace with its fleshy green, pea-like foliage, and string of pearls looks great in hanging baskets.
- String of nickels (Dischidia nummularia) – This trailing succulent plant has interesting foliage that screams for attention. String of nickels consists of round, gray-green leaves which are flat and reminiscent of little coins (about nickel size) hanging from a string.
- Dragon fruit (Hylocereus undatus) – This beautiful, branching cactus vine not only looks great when grown in a hanging basket on its own, but the dragon fruit plant also produces lovely nighttime blooms and, eventually, edible fruit.
There are many different types of hanging cactus and succulents, and they are pretty easy to care for because hanging succulent plants do not require watering as often as other hanging plants.