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10 Cascading Plants You Can Grow Indoors

by ThatWoW Editorial Team
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Any interior designer or decorator worth their salt, you’ll find are insistent on the allure potted plants (real or not) add to a home. I too, am wont to agree. Plants bring in elements of the outdoors inside one’s home, in addition to softening the sometimes stark lines of angular furniture. Of course, they type of plant you decide to install in your house depends entirely on space, exposure, and dependence on sunlight and personal preference.

Cascading plants, the variety that this particular article is about, has a self-explanatory name. These plants ‘cascade’. To put it simply, they have trailing stems and elongated structures which make them very suitable choices for window boxes and hanging pots. They are often referred to as ‘spill-over’ plants, owing to their tendency to escape confines. It is one of the selling points of cascading plants, this ability to project abundance.

Cascading plants admirably adapt to both sun and shade, and can even grow vertically if allowed adequate space.

The following list has 10 types of cascading plants, each a personal favorite that I hope will catch your eye too!

1. Devil’s Ivy

A polar opposite to its ominous name, Devil’s Ivy is a cascading plant that should be high on everyone’s lists. It is easy to plant and grow, has no fastidious dependencies, and drapes beautifully.

The leaves are characteristically heart-shaped, mostly green but with smatterings of yellow at the center. Devil’s Ivy is cultivated with the aid of cuttings.

The best part? It is near impossible to kill and remains an even shade of green even when kept in the dark.

2. Chain of Hearts

This plant grows as a chain, a chain of tiny heart-shaped leaves of an unusual grey-green. The chains grow up to astonishingly large lengths if unrestricted and take the form of intricate patterns.

They are flowering plants and are fond of heat and light. It is however important to keep in mind that they are sensitive to direct sunlight and exposure to the same might cause the leaves to wither.

They can sometimes be trained to grow in a specific trail, given there are sufficient reinforcements. Upkeep is simple.

3. Philodendron

Philodendrons are quite multi-dimensional, they can grow with or without support. They thrive especially well when allowed enough breathing room and can climb steadily the entire length of a wall.

Having large and very green leaves with a clear divide down the center, they ideally ought to be placed in a position that receives plenty of light indirectly. They also require frequent watering, in the absence of which the leaves may appear to look brownish and wilted.

4. Spider Plant

Much like the structural symmetry of a spider’s web, this plant too produces plantlets that originate from the mother plant and dangle as spiders do. The plantlets greatly resemble the anatomy of a spider.

It is a very adaptable plant and is widely considered as one of the easiest to grow inside the house. It is non-toxic and is, in fact, edible!

The leaves are a distinctive green, edged with white. Ample watering is required during summer, with cutting back on the frequency advisable with the onset of winter.

5. String of Pearls (Senecio Rowleyanus)

An unusual succulent, it is one of the best lookers on the list so far. It is fast-growing plants that thrive in bright light, although direct sunlight can cause scorching.

The plant grows as a string, a string if beaded leaves- a phenomenon that led to their allusion to pearls. These beads are plentiful and range from light to dark green. Watering the plant can be a little tricky, as both too much and too little water can cause the beads to shrivel. Finding the correct balance is important.

6. Ivy

A fast-growing vine with evergreen foliage that remains green even in the winter, there are enough reasons for ivy to be the popular pick it is. It can adapt to a variety of light and weather conditions, ranging from bright light to considerable shade.

One of the best plants to grow indoors, ivy requires the right regimen of water, light, and ventilation to grow.

Pro Tip: Wide and shallow containers are most suitable to plant ivy cuttings in.

7. Creeping Fig

A slow-growing creeper, this plant has distinctive foliage. The leaves are small and green, edged around the corners with white. The texture is leathery.

Creeping fig is a right fit as an indoor fixture because it is not invasive and does not display aggressive growth that might take over a larger space than originally intended. It thrives in bright light.

Overwatering should at all costs be avoided. Well-drained soil is a prerequisite to ensure healthy growth.

8. Hoya

Think an abundance of dark green leaves that curve slightly and are waxy to the touch.

The Hoya is a flowering plant that has low watering needs and is well suited for indoor plantation. They have trailing stems that can grow up to a foot long when unrestricted.

Hoya is native to the Asian countries of India, Malaysia, and China. Bright, indirect sunlight stimulates and induces the growth of flowers.

Regular fertilization and usage of plant-feeder are two other ways to get a hoya plant to bloom.

9. Inch Plant (Wandering Jew / Purple Heart)

A plant of many names, the inch plant has striking patterned foliage that makes it so attractive. These plants can be quite rambunctious in their growth, and are inclined to take up a lot of space.

Sunlight is not mandatory, although the absence of it does cause the markings on the leaves to fade.

They are one of the best examples of cascading plants, as they can seemingly flow in structured shapes, completely without any reinforcement.

10. Morning Glory

Saving the best for the last, morning glory is an annual climber with slender stems, heart-shaped leaves, and trumpet-like flowers in beautiful shades of pink and purple.

Morning glory is grown from the seed, and is typically a fast grower. Optimum light and water conditions are of course imperative in order to stimulate healthy growth.

Twining the vines around support will ensure that the creeper grows and is yet restricted to space so as to not be restrictive.

Plants, in general, are always a wise investment. They have within them the power to brighten up a drab interior. In the case of cascading plants, this is especially true, owing to the free-flowing structure they assume that will lend your home effortless beauty.

Taking care of a plant is also good for mental health and has shown positive results in correlation to personality-building characters. With so many pros, can one really go wrong?

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