Succulent plants are very popular in gardening thanks to the exotic and striking touch of their shapes, which are very characteristic and distinguishable from other types of plants despite their enormous variety. In addition, they tend to like them a lot because, in reality, they are quite easy to care for.
In this article we are going to focus on hanging succulents, their types, main care and how to reproduce them . If you are interested in meeting these decorative plants, stay with us in this guide with tips and photos.
Types of hanging succulents
There are a large number of hanging type succulents , but these are some of the most common and used in the decoration of gardens, terraces, balconies and also for the interior of homes.
- Rosary plant
- Donkey tail
- Heart necklace
The rhipsalis form a type of curtains with their stems that are very showy and decorative . These plants, which are epiphytic plants , adhere to the bark of other trees and absorb ambient moisture. Therefore, they need high humidity in the air rather than abundant watering. There are about 60 varieties of rhipsalis , so there is a lot to choose from among these types of hanging succulents.
Scientific name Senecio rowleyanus , this hanging perennial has long , thin stems , which have a large number of spherical or cylindrical leaves , which is where it stores water. It is also very striking, and very basic care. It needs warm temperatures, a good amount of light and moderate watering without excesses, this last point being the most important.
The Sedum morganianum is one of the most beautiful hanging succulent and used. Its gray-green leaves are grouped in clusters that hang from their long stems, hence the name it receives. In the warm months they sometimes give small flowers and it is also a very resistant and undemanding plant. You have to be very careful with excess irrigation and, in addition, it requires occasional transplants.
It is also called Ceropegia woodii or rosary vine . This plant, which has its origin in southern Africa, is characteristic for its fleshy, heart-shaped leaves that, when exposed to the sun, acquire reddish or pinkish tones. In the warm months, it produces small, very showy flowers that almost look like wax. It can grow both in the sun and in semi-shade, and requires little watering, like most succulents.
Hanging succulents care
It is very difficult to talk about all hanging succulents in general, since although many of them share characteristics, not all of them come from the same type of climates. Here we are going to talk about the care of those with a dry climate, which are most of them. However, there are tropical succulent species, as is the case with many epiphytes, that need other types of conditions. When in doubt, consult the care of your specific species. Once this is clarified, we can explain in a general way the main care of succulents :
Weather and sunlight
Most succulents come from very hot or desert climates, so they tend to withstand dry conditions and sun exposure quite well.
Watering the hanging succulents
In contrast, overwatering is the main danger for most of these plants, which can rot their roots and kill them. Water your succulents only when the substrate has dried, and never do it until it floods.
In addition, in their growth periods you can pay them once a month with organic or specific fertilizer. This is not usually necessary, but the plant will appreciate it. Obviously, when the pots get small you will need to transplant them, although it will rarely be necessary to do it every year.
Reproduce hanging succulents
Hanging succulents reproduce the same as all other succulents . Thanks to the ease that these plants have to produce children at the base of their stems, or to reproduce by cuttings, propagating these plants is very simple and comfortable. Just follow these steps to reproduce hanging succulents :
- Take one of the children that the plant produces at the base of its main stems, take it out, taking care not to damage its roots (you can use a fork carefully) and plant it in a suitable pot.
- If the plant does not produce children, a stem cutting will do. Always cut it with disinfected tools, and give it a few days for the wound to close, in the shade, before planting it again in substrate for succulents.
- Water by spraying at first, and reduce watering as the plant settles down. And voila, you have your new plant!