The Best Indoor Trailing Plants For Any Home

When you run out of shelf space for plants, it’s time to hang some indoor trailing plants. There are many indoor trailing plants to choose from. Most are very easy to care for and don’t mind missed waterings.

With the right conditions, some will trail quickly and while others will trail slowly by their nature. Several succulents are included as well as ones that are grown in any amount of light.

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I’m sure you will find a few indoor trailing plants that you want to add to your plant collection.


Pothos is the best indoor trailing plant for beginners, whether you are looking for a trailing plant or not. There are several varieties to choose from. They all have dark green leaves with splashes of white, cream, or yellow. These may be the most recognizable of the indoor trailing plants.

They tolerate low light and missed weekly watering. They are a no-fuss plant for when you leave on vacation and do not have to worry about. They will trail up a trellis, hang down from a hanging pot or grow horizontally across a table. You can easily drape them over the top of a window.

English Ivy

English Ivy is one of the most common indoor trailing plants. It’s another great starter plant, and there are many varieties of Ivy to choose from. Ivy does well letting it fall from hanging baskets, trailing across a table, or climbing up a trellis.

Most ivy needs indirect sunlight. It will not do well in a dark room. They have a wonderful green color with white lines. The more white they have, the more they are susceptible to damage from too much direct sunlight.

Otherwise, they are a hardy plant that tolerates missed watering days.


Philodendron plants are very easy to grow. There are many varieties in their family, so there are many to choose from. They come in several varieties of green mixed with white, in several sizes and shapes.

They also tolerate low light but do best in medium to bright light. They like to keep dry, so don’t overwater them. The roots will rot if overwatered. They are great house plants if you travel a lot. They are slow growers but trail nicely. You can’t go wrong with this indoor trailing plant.

Tradescantia (Inch Plant)

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Tradescantia is also known as an inch plant. There are several varieties of inch plants, and they come in different colors and shapes. Several have a purple hue to them that any purple-loving person will gravitate to.

They like moist soil and do well in direct sunlight or medium to high indirect light. They can get lanky when they trail, so you can easily prune them to look a little more compact.

Red Herringbone Plant (Prayer Plant)

Red Herringbone plants are also known as Prayer Plants; they get that name from their leaving, folding up at night, and opening in the morning. They like any indirect light, which makes them great for a room with low light.

There are many varieties of Prayer plants with variegated foliage, and some produce small flowers occasionally indoors. They like to almost dry out in between waterings and are slow trailers.

Grape Ivy

Grape Ivy is part of the Grape family and is easy to grow indoors. They will trail up a trellis or easily hang down a hanging pot. They have beautiful dark green leaves and a slight reddish hue on the underside.

These indoor trailing plants do well in low to medium light and like to dry out between waterings. They are not fussy and will produce small greenish flowers when it is happy.

String of Beads (Senecio)

A String of Beads is also called the String of Pearls. These succulents are easy to care for and thrive in direct sunlight or very bright indirect light. They require some water and need to dry out between watering completely.

They grow best in hanging baskets and come in a few different varieties of different shaped beads. Like most succulents, they like dry air, but do not tolerate a cool or warm breeze, so keep away from heating/cooling vents.

String Of Nickles

String of Nickles is a unique indoor trailing plant in the succulent family and is easy to care for. They get their name from their nickel-sized leaves, making them look like they produce a string of coins.

These vining succulents look amazing, trailing from a hanging basket. Their leaves come in colors of green, from bronze to a silver tone. They like high indirect light as they are delicate. This is a plant that likes to be watered. They also produce small non-showy flowers.

String of Hearts

In its native environment, String of Hearts can grow up to 12 feet long. They are part of the succulent family so they can be a little delicate. They won’t tolerate direct sunlight well but love lots of indirect sunlight.

Their leaves are variegated green and white in the shape of a heart on a string. They do the best trailing from a hanging pot. Let them dry out between waterings, and they will be a beautiful plant to own.

Lepismium Bolivianum

Also known as Pfeiffera bolivianum, these are part of the cactus family. They have eye-catching stems that are flat and have 4 angles. Each stem grows up to 4 feet long and looks great in a hanging basket.

They need a lot of indirect sunlight and will produce small white with yellow flowers. They like to dry out between watering slightly but do not do well missing weekly waterings.

Chain Cactus

Chain cactus gets its name from the formation of its stems. It is three-sided and will change direction about every inch. This indoor trailing plant trails down a hanging pot and shows off its twisting stems.

This plant loves indirect sunlight and needs to dry out between watering completely. The stems can grow up to five feet long, producing small white flowers in winter. It will also produce small inedible red fruit.

Burro’s Tail

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Burro’s tail is from the succulent family and produces plump leaves down long trailing stems. They love lots of indirect sunlight and like to dry out between waterings.

Their leaves are usually a light green but can also be bluish-green or grayish-green. As with all succulents, they need well-draining soil and are easy to care for.

Wax Plant (Hoya)

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Wax plant, also known as Hoya are exotic looking and are very slow trailers. They get their name from the thick waxy dark green leaves that have a great rumpled shape.

Hoyas are easy to grow as they like any indirect light and are very forgiving if you miss a watering. If they get enough light, they may produce small white flowers.

Purple Heart

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If you love purple, here is another easy-care plant that is purple. Their stems are fuzzy and grow straight up, then drop down as they trail out. These beautiful indoor trailing plants also grow well outside in most places.

These plants love full sun and well-draining soil. In the summer it will produce small flowers. If you have a window with full sunlight, this is a great spot of a purple heart.

Spider Plant

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Also known as an Airplane plant, it is easy to grow. When planted in a hanging pot, their long stems have baby spider plats on them. Their leaves are green and lined with white.

Spider plants are grown in any indirect light and are very forgiving of missed watering days. If there is not enough humidity in the air, the ends of the leaves will turn brown.

Trailing Jade

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Trailing jade plants should not be confused with the popular Jade Plant. Trailing jades thrive with humidity, moisture, and indirect sunlight.

Although they do like their soil dried out between waterings, this indoor trailing plant comes in many varieties, but all have softly rounded leaves of green. They will produce small white flowers in the summer.

Creeping Fig

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Although it is part of the ficus and fig family, it has small leaves and loves to trail down from a hanging pot. There are many varieties, some with a variegated color and some with extra texture.

Don’t let their soil completely dry out, and give them lots of bright indirect light. They are easy to care for and look great in a topiary as they can look like moss.

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