Looking for the best indoor hanging plants for your home? Hanging plants are a great and easy way to liven up your home while still looking good. Here are some of my favorite trailing indoor plants.
16 of the best indoor hanging plants: Amazing trailing plants for your home
Today I am finally starting to collect all my care posts for some of my lovely favorite plants. Finding the best indoor hanging plants for your home is a great way to help clean your air and make your rooms look gorgeous while keeping your plants up and off the floor.
1. Pothos hanging plants
Pothos care is easy—and pothos plants are some of the most classic hanging plants you’ll find in nurseries or nurseries. There are several different varieties you will come across. Here are some of the most common:
- Golden pothos, which is variegated with green and yellow, sometimes hints of off-white
- Marble queen pothos, which is bone white and green
- Emerald/jade pothos, which is solid green
- Neon pothos, which is a solid neon green
I have quite a few pothos plants hanging around my home. They also look lovely high up on shelves trailing down or attached to a wall to give an ‘ivy’ look. Here are some pictures of my pothos plants.
2. Ric Rac Cactus
The ric rac cactus is a newer member of my hanging plant family, and it’s one of my favorites. A ric rac cactus was on my wish list for quite some time before I bit the bullet and ordered one online. It grows very fast too. I can’t wait to trim some cuttings for these to give away to my plant loving friends and family.
3. Hoya Carnosa plants
Hoya carnosa plants, more commonly known as wax plants, have been a houseplant staple for decades. The thick, waxy leaves and vines climb and vine up and down, creating a full and lovely look. There are different varieties, but you will likely find the ones pictured below: pubicalyx splash and tricolor variegata.
4. Hoya climbing plants
Hoya vine plants are actually a type of hoya carnosa—hoya carnosa compacta. However, I think they’re cool enough to warrant their own shout-out here. The stems of the hoya vine plant are thicker than the long spindly stems of the other hoya carnosas.
But the biggest difference is the leaves. On the hoya vine plant, the leaves twist and curl, creating a wonderful vine-like effect. They drag down and are heavy, so they can be draped up along other things. I had never seen a mature vine plant in real life until my friend found this one here in Texas and sent it to me. It is an absolute stunner.
5. String of pearls after succulent plants
The Succulent String of Pearls has the most amazing pea-like round pearl-shaped leaves that trail on dainty stems. A healthy plant is full of beautiful pearls that can be several linings long. I have one hanging in front of a sunny window. As a bonus, this plant is incredibly easy to propagate.
6. Burro’s tail succulent plants
Burro’s tail is another wonderful succulent. The thick leaves drop down behind thick succulent stems – and the leaves are delicate, so be careful! It is a more compact hanging plant, and it needs a lot of light, so reserve a sunny window for this one. Like the string of pearls, it is also easy to propagate from leaves.
7. Rhipsalis trailing cactus plants
My husband got me my first rhipsalis plant, rhipsalis campos-portoana, for Mother’s Day. There are many different rhipsalis varieties, and they all have some form of branchy, leggy stems that look beautiful in hanging planters.
You’ll likely find this plant labeled “mistletoe cactus” at your local nursery, but that usually refers to a type of rhipsalis cactus. There are many lovely varieties.
8. Heart leaf philodendron
Heartleaf philodendrons are often confused with pothos plants. Although they have similar leaf shapes and sizes, and while the plants themselves follow the same path and often even have similar variations, they are completely different plants.
However, they have similar care needs and are both very easy to care for. One of my favorite varieties of this plant is philodendron Brasil, which has wonderful light green and yellow variations. The leaves are also quite showy and shiny.
9. Philodendron Micans
Another very popular type of cotyledon philodendron is the micans. Micans are very similar to the more traditional heart petal philodendron, except that the leaves have a beautiful green velvety finish. The undersides of the leaves are almost purplish. I find this variety likes more humidity than other cotyledon philodendrons.
10. Spider plants
Spider plants are another houseplant staple. Their long curly leaves look great in hanging baskets, but the real show-stoppers on these plants are the stems and babies. Spider plants shoot out long stems, at the end of which are baby spider plants!
These create a beautiful waterfall of plants. Check out my mom’s spider plant. It has lots of spider plants ready to cut, root and multiply. But you can also just leave them on the plants and let them continue to fall.
11. Wandering Tradescantia Zebrina plants
The wonderful variety of wandering dude plants – purple, green and silver – can vary in how vibrant it is. Sometimes the green and silver markings appear quite vivid, while other times the plant is more of a purple color. It’s as pretty as can be! Learn all about how to care for wandering tradescantia zebrina plants here.
12. Tradescantia Nanouk plants
The Tradescantia nanouk plant is a newer variety of watering jew plants (their official name is tradescantia zebrina). The plant has a similar size and structure to other varieties of Wandering Jew, but the plant lacks the normal purple color. Instead, the variety is more hot pink, pastel pink and pastel green.
This plant is harder to come by than many of the other plants on this list, but I was able to get hold of a small one at a nearby nursery. The plant is in such demand that they had a purchase limit on them! That always makes me happy because it just means people won’t be able to pull them all up.
13. String of Hearts Trailing Plant
String of hearts is another trendy plant that has been in high demand lately. It is delicious and remains fairly compact, but its fine stems can grow up to several feet long. Mine is relatively young now, so I keep it on a shelf. The stalks have just started trailing. It will look lovely hanging in a planter one day!
14. Curly orchid cactus hanging plants
My curly orchid cactus looks amazing hanging in my leather pot holder. I love how low maintenance this plant is – just a little water now and then, and its long curly stems grow like weeds. This plant is also closely related to the night blooming cereus plant, which also has a trailing habit and looks lovely!
15. Staghorn Fern
I have to admit that I am not a fern. Ferns and I just don’t have time. But I like to admire them from afar, and I always give staghorn ferns a second look when I see them. They are so unique and can often look amazing hanging on walls instead of ceilings.
16. Lipstick plants
And finally, last on the list are lipstick plants! Lipstick plants come in a few different varieties that you’ll likely find at your local nursery, but my absolute favorite has to be the curly/straggly lipstick plant variety. How amazing is this hanging in my living room?