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7 Trailing Houseplants That Instantly Brighten Up Your Home

Trailing houseplants are a dreamy addition to any space. Here are some easy options to care for, from pothos plants to the string of pearls.

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Angelica Pizza

Houseplants are a home's best friend. Not only are they the perfect home decor for any space, but they can also boost your mood and improve your mental health. The only question is: Which houseplant should you add to your collection next? Look into trailing houseplants.

Trailing houseplants are exactly what you think they are. They grow long, winding stems that cascade beautifully down the sides of the pot they grow in. And, of course, that makes them a dreamy addition to hanging baskets, bookshelves, and more.

If you're looking to add a touch of green to your home, check out our favorite trailing houseplants below.

7 Trailing Houseplants for Your Space

1. Pothos

Also known as Devil's Ivy, pothos plants are easy to care for and grow long, leafy vines. Put your pothos plant on a bookshelf and watch the vines cascade along the books' spines. Or hang your pothos from the ceiling in a DIY fabric plant hanger. You can also easily propagate your pothos plant, adding one to any room in your home.

Care Instructions: Pothos plants can survive in low-light spaces and should not be put in direct sunlight. If the leaves become pale, they've received too much direct light. Water your pothos once a week or every two weeks when the soil is dry.

2. String of Pearls

The string of pearls is a type of succulent that grows long vines with unique, round leaves. As they grow, the vines will spill over the edges of the pot or planter. The string of pearls is gorgeous and unusual, and it's even easy to care for.

Care Instructions: Your string of pearls will need plenty of sunlight to thrive, so place it near a window where it can receive between 6 to 8 hours of sunlight a day. Keep the soil moist during warmer seasons and water once a week or every two weeks.

3. English Ivy

English ivy is common ivy, and it's known for climbing surfaces. If you hang your English ivy, watch the vines grow down the sides of its pot. These plants are aggressive and fast-growing, perfect for adding greenery to a larger space.

Care Instructions: English ivy plants tolerate low to moderate lighting, and they should be watered about once a week. Wait for the soil to dry out before watering. Place your English ivy in a well-draining pot.

4. Heartleaf Philodendron

As the name suggests, this trailing houseplant has heart-shaped leaves. They're popular, easy to grow, and have leafy stems that can grow over four feet long. They're the perfect romantic housewarming gift, as this plant is usually called the sweetheart plant!

Care Instructions: Your heartleaf philodendron thrives in a moist atmosphere, but will tolerate dry air with indirect sunlight. Water as needed once the soil is dry and plant in a pot with good drainage.

5. String of Hearts

Similar to the string of pearls, the string of hearts plant is a semi-succulent that grows long, cascading vines with uniquely shaped leaves. Like the heartleaf philodendron, this succulent's leaves look like small hearts!

Care Instructions: Place your string of hearts in bright, indirect light; direct sunlight will burn and discolor the leaves. Because of its succulent nature, it only needs to be watered once a week or when the top layer of soil is dry.

6. Hoya Linearis

This trailing houseplant looks a lot different than the others on this list. The stems are long and fuzzy and lack big leaves. Even still, this trailing plant grows long, curtain-like stems that add a touch of green to your living space!

Care Instructions: Your hoya linearis needs bright, indirect sunlight, and it should only be watered once the top layer of soil is completely dry.

7. Spider Plant

Don't worry—spider plants don't attract spiders; they just look like a spider, with long, droopy leaves. This plant doesn't have long vines. Instead, its leaves are slender and grow outward.

Care Instructions: Your spider plant can thrive in a variety of conditions. Keep the plant in bright, indirect light and water every 1 to 2 weeks.