Top 10 Easiest Trailing Plants
Who doesn’t love a trailing plant? With a plant that vines, you have options — train them to grow up, sideways, or just let them do their own thing. Over at HPH on Facebook we love seeing the creative ways members showcase their trailing plants, so we’ve decided to compile a list of favorites! What’s yours?
Pothos are an easy-to-care-for and attractive plant that can be trained up a totem, or left to trail elegantly. There are so many varieties that you’re sure to find one that you love — one of our personal favorites is the variegated Epipremnum aureum ‘Marble Queen’. Pothos are often touted as low-light plants, but just bear in mind that the more highly variegated varieties want more light.
With its shiny purple-and-green striped leaves, the Inch plant is a beautiful addition to your indoor garden. Find it a spot with bright indirect light to get the most out of the colorful, almost sparkly foliage. These plants do especially well if your climate (or at least your summer) is warm and humid —you can place them outside and watch them thrive.
If you love the look of Monstera deliciosa’s split leaves but you’d rather have a trailing vine, Monstera adansonii is the plant for you! While M. adansonii may look delicate, it’s a fairly laid-back plant. Your main concern will probably be humidity if you live in a dry climate or have to run heat in the winters.
Tahitian bridal veil is also called Tradescantia geniculata and probably has the daintiest leaves and flowers on this list. The leaves are tiny dark green pointed leaves that are nestled behind inflorescenes of delicate white flowers. These prefer bright indirect light, so that the airy flowers and delicate leaves won’t scorch.
This is known as the trailing watermelon Begonia or the rainbow vine. This trailing beauty has red stems and grey-green leaves with light green to silver middles, and wavy dark green edges. The bottom of the leaves is fairly showy too, with a purplish color that sometimes has a pink flush. They like bright indirect light, a bit more humidity than others on this list, like to be evenly damp but not wet, and a well draining potting mix.
Sometimes known as a silver or satin pothos (or even a Philodendron), S. pictus has attractive heart-shaped leaves that look like they’ve been painted with silvery splashes. They’ll tolerate medium light situations, but to get the most of the pretty variegation find a spot with bright indirect light — you’ll notice the leaves seem to sparkle in the sun!
Philodendron hederaceum var hederaceum
The heartleaf Philodendron is a classic beauty that has been around for a long time for good reason. While the botanical name might be a mouthful, but once you see the plant and varieties such as “micans” and “brasil,” you won’t worry about it. These beautiful and no fuss vines with heart-shaped leaves can be kept in lower light, where they tend to get a bit spindly, but will thrive in bright indirect sunlight.
Tiny speckled green leaves adorn the vines on this gorgeous vining type of Hoya. Although it may start out growing slowly, once established it should pick up speed and give you long, beautiful vines full of dainty dappled hearts. Make sure to not let these sit in wet soil, or it will lead to root rot.
The lace flower vine is appropriately named as this Gesneriad, which means it is a cousin to the ever-popular african violet, has fringed white flowers that resemble the delicate edges of lace. This lush leafed beauty likes bright indirect sunlight, well draining soil, and a regular thorough watering.
Saxifraga stolonifera is neither a Begonia nor a strawberry but it has Begonia-like leaves and reproduces by sending out runners that grow new plants like strawberries do. A spot with bright indirect light is best; don’t put these plants in hot, direct sun! They’re fast growers, and you can easily propagate the plantlets that grow on the runners.