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‘To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow’. Gardening is more than just a hobby, it is a therapeutic activity that’s a good source of relief after being glued to the computer screen for hours. And having an indoor garden makes it more convenient to pursue it as a hobby while making your environment more lively and productive. Here are 8 different trailing plants that will act as excellent additions to your indoor garden:
1. POTHOS (Devil’s Ivy):
Fast growing and easy going, Pothos are one of the most popular houseplants around. While there are many beautiful variants, this Golden Pothos stands out with fun yellow variegation. All Pothos will trail, but they can also climb if provided a little support or training. There are 9 different unique types of Pothos that you can choose from for your garden, some of them being:
Marble Queen Pothos
Pearls and Jade Pothos
All you need to propagate a Pothos is a piece of stem with a node or aerial root. Try to cut just below this node and remove the lower leaves to ensure a clear stem before rooting. This cutting will grow roots directly in water and in just a few weeks! Once the roots are a couple inches long, you can pot up as you would with any plant.
2. RED HERRINGBONE PLANT
This brightly patterned plant is called Maranta leuconeura erythroneura. It is also called the Herringbone Plant because of the stripes of pink on its leaves. Most members of the Marantaceae family have a unique habit of folding their leaves upwards at night. This plant, also known as the Red Prayer Plant, has a trailing habit and will eventually cascade over the sides of its pot. It grows to about 12-18". As it matures, tiny lavender flowers will appear on slender flower stalks, typically in summer.
3. HEART LEAF PHILODENDRON
Heart-leaf philodendron (Philodendron hederaceum), also known as the sweetheart plant, is a popular indoor big leaf plant that offers year-round beauty and easy care. The leaves are dark green but when they first emerge they're often bronze-colored, giving this plant plenty of visual interest. On rare occasions, a mature plant may produce small greenish-white flowers. As a houseplant, it is usually propagated by cutting off stems in the spring or early summer. It is a slow-growing but long-lived plant that only needs to be repotted every two or three years. In a good indoor environment, it can live for decades.
4. WANDERING TRADESCANTIA
Tradescantia zebrina, also known as the inch plant, is a type of spiderwort that is known for its attractive purple- and silver-striped foliage. This houseplant is perfect for anyone who wants to have a green thumb and can thrive in any indoor environment. Here are some tips on how to care for an inch plant in your home.The inch plant is a beautiful houseplant that grows quickly. It has trailing stems with leaves that are spaced 1 inch apart. This is why it is called the inch plant. Since each segment can produce a new plant, the inch plant can be easily started from cuttings. These plants all have beautiful leaves with different colors. The Tradescantia zebrina ‘Tricolor’ has purple and green leaves with shiny silver stripes. The Tradescantia pallida ‘Purple Heart’ has fuzzy, purple foliage. And the Tradescantia fluminensis ‘Quicksilver’ has variegated white-green foliage.
Pic from Tradescantia zebrina, PlantVine
5. STRING OF HEARTS TRAILING PLANT
String of Heart, also known as Ceropegia woodii, is a beautiful indoor succulent that can be added to any living space. This succulent is very tolerant and can thrive in a variety of environments. String of Hearts Succulent has dark green leaves with silver markings or cream, pink, and green heart-shaped leaves that make it a popular choice for collectors. It can grow up to 2 to 3-inches tall and has purple-toned stems that can reach up to 3 to 9 feet long. Make sure to hang this plant in a place where it will be visible and admired by all.
6. LIPSTICK PLANTS
This plant is a flowering epiphyte that does well when grown as an indoor houseplant. It is perfect for use in hanging baskets, as the stems grow 2-feet long or even longer and will bring a bit of the tropics indoors wherever placed. The bright 2-inch, reddish-orange tubular flowers with yellow throats emerge from their calyx resembling tubes of lipstick, and when given adequate light, you can enjoy the colorful blooms periodically throughout the entire year. The cultivar ‘Variegata’ has foliage splashed with white.
7. CURLY LOCKS ORCHID CACTUS
These plants are wonderful hanging planter specimens and make quite the conversation piece with their twisted, arching locks that have bright green, twisting stems. It produces 3 inch (8 cm.) wide white flowers with 6 inch (15 cm.) long tubes that open at night. This is because in nature it is pollinated by moths and bats, which are animals that can see the big white blooms easily in the dark. Oval, bright pink seedy fruits form once blooms are pollinated. These fruits are juicy and edible. The plant is also self-pollinating, and fruits can form even without the intervention of insects or mammals.
8. FISHBONE CACTUS
The fishbone cactus is a low-maintenance plant that can grow well indoors as a houseplant. It thrives in bright, indirect light and enjoys moist, humid conditions. Native to the jungles of Mexico where it grows from tree branches, the fishbone cactus is epiphytic, meaning it can also grow in low soil conditions if necessary. As soon as you look at the leaves (which are actually flattened stems), you’ll know how the plant came to earn these common names. The plant is called the orchid cactus because its flowers look like orchids. These flowers are beautiful and come in different colors like purple, pink, and white. They only stay open for one night before they fade.
While these are some of the many plants that will be amazing additions to your indoor gardens and the topic of discussions at your house gatherings, there are many such plants that will not only make your place into a beautiful space but also liven up the atmosphere and make it productive. Adding an LED Plant Light will also help these trailing plants thrive and bring more sunny light into your home! So remember, having a classy and lively home is just a plant away as long as you ‘Be-Leaf in Yourself’!! ;)