By Erin Marissa Russell
Trailing plants are categorized by the way they grow, gently vining along the surface of the soil or out of their containers. Unlike some other vining plants, those we call trailing plants cannot be encouraged to sprout roots at the nodes that appear along the stem. Some trailing plants need the help of staking or other supports to grow.
Devil’s Ivy (Pothos)
Devil’s ivy, which also goes by the name pothos, is so easy to grow that it’s one of the most common houseplants people can grow. One of the reasons people love pothos plants is how easy it is for the plant to quickly produce long trailing tendrils. It’s also a plant that is quick to produce lots of its glossy, heart-shaped leaves.
Pothos plants are easy to support because they can survive in low light conditions that would be unsuitable for other plants. In these circumstances, you will need to provide your pothos plant with 12 to 14 hours of artificial light. Pothos is not picky when it comes to the soil it is grown in, so some gardeners choose media like marbles for more visual impact. You can also grow the plant in water alone if you want to show off the root system. It’s a great way to make the most of a clear vase.
Heartleaf Philodendron (Philodendron hederaceum)
Lots of philodendron varieties are popular for indoor trailing plants, but there’s nothing like the heartleaf philodendron when it comes to making an impression. All you need to do to keep the heartleaf philodendron happy is to provide sufficient moisture, warmth to replicate their tropical habitat, and lots of bright light.
Although philodendron is a popular houseplant, readers should be aware that it is toxic for both humans and pets.
Prayer Plant (Maranta)
Prayer plants thrive where there is plenty of bright indoor or indirect sunlight instead of direct sunlight, which can burn its pretty foliage. The prayer plant is a favorite for many gardeners because of the colorful patterns on its leaves.
Prayer plants also move with the sun each day, making them exciting to grow. Maranta plants have a habit of folding their leaves up each night. The resemblance between the leaves of the plant and hands folded in prayer is what the plant was named for.
Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum)
The spider plant is a popular choice for indoor gardens, and you’ll love how it produces little baby plantlets. The plantlets look a lot like spiders hanging in the plant from their webs. That’s how this plant got its name.
Make sure to choose a location for your spider plant that has plenty of indirect sunlight. Light that is direct or too bright can damage the foliage by scorching it.
String of Bananas (Curio radicans)
This unusual-looking succulent produces long tendrils with small banana-shaped leaves that sprout perpendicularly from the main stem. They got their name because of the small, curved leaves that resemble bananas.
Like many of the other plants on this list, the string of bananas plant must be given indirect sunlight. The plant should not be kept somewhere that would expose it to direct sunlight, or the foliage will be burned with sunscald.
Now you’re familiar with the most attractive trailing indoor plants to add to your collection. But why stop at just one new plant? Trailing indoor plants will add a whole new element to your indoor spaces.