Ceropegia Woodii

10 Best Indoor Hanging Succulents & How To Care For Them

Hanging succulents look fantastic inside a home, especially when they are placed on shelves hanging down furniture or planted in hanging basket hung from the ceiling. The trick is to select plants that will cope with being indoors in shade and lack of airflow as most succulents will only survive if they get a certain amount of direct sun and good airflow. The great majority of succulents will not live long indoors, but thankfully there are some lovely hanging succulents that will happily beautify your home.

So what are the best hanging succulents for indoors? Our most favourite ones that we have grow in our nursery and have also tested in our household are:

  • Ceropegia woodii & variegata
  • Disocactus Flagelliformis
  • Echinopsis Chamacereus
  • Sedum Morganium
  • Epiphyllum Species
  • Peperomia Prostrata
  • Rhipsalis Species
  • Schlumbergera
  • Senecio Rowleyanus
  • Senecio Radicans

Let’s have a closer look at each of these and the growing conditions they like best.

Ceropegia Woodii and Ceropegia Woodii Variegata (Chain of Hearts/String of Hearts)

Ceropegia Woodii Variegata Chain of Hearts

This is by far the most popular indoor/shade hanging succulent in our nursery, especially the variegated version.

Ceropegia Woodii is a rosary vine with heart- shaped leaves on thin stems or ‘strings’. These string can reach a few metres in length, depending on your pot size and conditions.

The Chain of Hearts grows best in a sheltered but bright spot (near a window/ under skylight) with decent airflow although it will tolerate darker spots in the house. It is good to remember that better growing conditions will lead to nicer looking plants.

The best potting mix for the Chain of Hearts is a succulent potting mix or a free draining mix with low nitrogen. Pot should always have a drainage hole, though if you’re careful with the watering you can get away with no hole. Water every 2 weeks in the colder months and once a week when warm or when the potting mix has dried up. Ceropegia Woodii does not mind water and so you don’t have to panic if you water it too much, as long as the plant is not sitting in stagnant water.

Disocactus Flageliformis (Rat Tail Cactus)

Disocactus Flagelliformis Rat Tail Cactus

This cool cactus is a fantastic indoor hanging plant as it is very hardy and can grow in both sun and shade. It can reach a couple of meters in length.

The spines on the Rat Tail Cactus are not too sharp, though, if you squeeze hard enough you’ll definitely feel them. We recommend using gloves when handling this one.

This plant will grow best in a succulent/ free draining potting mix. It is easy to grow and not at all sensitive so once again, you don’t have to panic if you water a bit too often. Just make sure the pot has a hole so the water can drain away. We grow this plant outdoors under a shade cloth and it has never rotted when it rained a lot.

For a nice looking plant and flowers in spring, grow near a window with plenty of light and airflow. The Disocactus will grow in darker parts of the house, but it growth will be slow and it is unlikely the flowers will come through.

Echinopsis Chamacereus (Peanut Cactus)

Echinopsis Chamacereus Peanut Cactus

Another super hardy trailing cactus that will hang out of pots and is suitable as a house plant. It will not grow as long as the disocactus, but still looks very attractive with the peanut like stems.

The care and everything else is pretty much the same as with the Disocactus above.

The Peanut Cactus is a fuss free plant that will shower you with pretty orange flowers in spring, if you give it enough light and fresh air.

Epiphyllum Species

Epiphyllum Flower

There are lots of Epiphyllum succulents and they all hang and are shade tolerant. Epiphyllums usually have flat, elongated leaves and are prized for their flowers that came in all sorts of lovely colours.

Epiphyllums are quite easy to care for indoors as they dislike direct sun and prefer bright shade. They are not fussy when it comes to watering either- whenever the potting mix has dried up.

Plant in succulent potting mix and replant into a bigger pot once a year (on average).

Plants are more likely to flower if they have plenty of light.

Peperomia Prostrata (String of Turtles)

A very popular but slightly fickle plant. When we first got these plants for the nursery we thought they can be treated as other ‘string of’ plants but they seem to dislike temperature spikes and die easily (at least this is our experience). Where other hanging shade plants would survive, the String of Turtles would die.

After a bit of experimentation and quite a few dead plants we found that Peperomia Prostrata likes constant temperature and so that ruled out keeping it outdoors in our shade houses as in summer the mercury often climbs over 40 C (104 F) and in winter we experience near zero temperatures at night.

The best spot for the String of Turtles , it seems, is indoors, in a bright not-too-hot not-too-cold spot. We do have aircon to cool in summer and a woodfire burner to keep warm in winter and the Prostrata absolutely thrives!

Peperomia Prostrata grows well in a succulent potting mix and likes to be watered when the potting  mix dries up, but also does not mind a bit of extra water, even when the potting mix is still slightly moist. It’s a rainforest plant and so it makes sense it tolerates more moisture than the majority of succulents.

This plant is a slow grower, but looks stunning and is well worth to add to the indoor ‘hanging’ collection.

Rhipsalis Species (Mistletoe Cactus)

These succulents are easy and abundant. The majority will hang down a fair distance.

Plants in the Rhipsalis genus are usually a shade of green, some with tiny hair covering the cylindrical leaves.

Rhipsalis dislike long periods of direct sun and are shade tolerant, however, as with all the previous plants brighter the spot more compact the plant and greater the chance of the plants bursting into small, white flowers.

Succulent potting mix/ free draining potting mix is the best growing medium and water once potting mix is dry to touch.

Rhipsalis can be left in the same pot for a number of years. Regularly upgrading the pot to a larger size will result in a longer plant though.

Schlumbergera (Christmas Cactus/ Zygo Cactus/ Holiday Cactus)

Schlumbergera is a small genus of flowering cacti originating from mountains of Brazil. Their natural habitat is shady and high in humidity. This tolerance to shade makes plants in the Schlumbergera genus great for indoor growing.

These plants are very easy to obtain, especially around their flowering season which is in autumn/winter. The flowers come in a variety of colours and are quite big for succulent flowers.

Despite them being classed as a cactus, Schlumbergeras do not have any sharp thorns.

Schlumbergeras are very hardy and will grow in any potting mix, as long as it is fairly free draining and low in nitrogen. They will tolerate part sun to full shade. To ensure the plant flowers, make sure they get plenty of indirect sun. Water when the potting mix dries up.

Senecio Rowleyanus & Rowleyanus Variegata (String of Pearls/ String of Beads/ Pearls Necklace)

Senecio Rowleyanus Variegata

Everyone loves String of Pearls, but not everyone has success growing it. String of Pearls can prove hard to keep alive indoors, but we think we know how to keep them happy based on trying to grow them in different parts of the house with varying light and conditions. We have never had any problem at all growing String of Pearls outside. Our nursery plants are grown in shadehouses with 30% shade cloth and the verandah plants are quite happy too.

We think that the success of growing Senecio Rowleyanus indoors comes down to light and temperature. Our indoor Pearls usually died when they were far away from any window and during winter prior to getting a woodfire burner. Unfortunately here in Australia it is very rare to have decent insulation in the walls or double glazing and so in winter the temperature in our old, single brick house could drop to below 8C (46 F) and it was also quite humid, especially overnight. After the arrival of our much loved woodfire burner all our plants, including the pearls, perked up as the temperature was more constant and because the house was not cold while we were breathing inside, the humidity disappeared as well.

Light is very important to the Pearls and they will grow a lot better close to a bright window. They will also grow in a deeper shade, but the new growth will not be as dense and the Pearls will be much smaller.

When it comes to watering, it is pretty much the same as all the other plants above. Water when the potting mix has dried up. Also make sure there is a drainage hole in the pot. Gradually upgrade to bigger pots every year for a lush and long strings.

Senecio Radicans (String of Bananas/ String of Chillies)

Senecio Radicans is very similar to the Pearls, perhaps a little more hardy and tolerant of sun.

For a happy Senecio Radicans, follow the advice for String Of Pearls.

Sedum Morganium (Donkey’s Tail/ Burro’s Tail)

This is a very cute and attractive plant with light blue-green leaves. Sedum Morganium is quite slow growing and it will take some time before it reaches any decent length. The great thing about this plant is that it will tolerate the same pot for a number of years.

Sedum Morganium will like a very bright spot, preferably next to a window/under skylight. These plants can also be grown in a sunny spot where the individual ‘tails’ will grow more compact.

The leaves on this plant are extremely sensitive to touch and can fall off easily. Do not discard of fallen leaves as new plant will start growing from them. It is best to put this plant in a low traffic area of the house where no-one will disturb them.

Water and potting mix is the same as with the above plants. Because of the chubby, water filled leaves, the Donkey’s Tail is somewhat more forgiving of people that forget to water their plants and will happily grow even if they haven’t been watered for quite a while.

If you know of any other trailing/hanging indoor succulents you can share in the comment section below 🙂

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