5 Hanging Succulent Plant Variety
Succulents originated in dry arid desert locations, the word succulent comes from the Latin word “sucus, meaning juice or sap.” The leaves of succulents tend to be thick, fleshly, and plumpy, the reason for this is to store water. It’s believed that during the 15th century Christopher Columbus on his route to India came across some of these succulents (cacti) some of which he took and presented to Queen Isabella of Spain.
There are said to be more than 10,000 succulents worldwide, many of these succulents are being crossbred by nurseries around the world. Some succulents are edible and there are others that are used for aesthetics. Some succulents are used medically to treat many health issues some of which include stomach aches, common cold, burns, sore throat, cuts, skin disease, dry itch skin, etc… Below we will be discussing Hanging Succulent Plants.
1. Donkey’s Tail
Donkey’s tail (Sedum morganianum) commonly called burro’s is a popular house plant that’s drought-tolerant, this perennial produces blue-green foliage trailing stems that can grow up 24-inches. Donkey’s tail thrives best in direct sunlight when watering allow the soil to dry out thoroughly before watering again. The leaves on the donkey’s tail are said to be ” non-toxic to humans and pets”
2. Monkey Tail Cactus
Monkey tail Cactus (Cleistocactus colademononis) stems are greenish-yellow, on the stems are hair-like soft white spines protruding downwards covering the entire stem. Even though the appearance of this succulent may seem inviting be very careful because looks can be deceiving the monkey tail can deliver a painful prick.
A single plant can have three to five stems that branch at the bottom, the monkey tail can tolerate drought conditions and prefers soil that’s well-drained. Monkey tail performs best in bright indirect sunlight. “The flesh of the monkey tails is said to be poisonous” keep this plant away from children and pets. During the spring and summer months ( growing season) water your monkey tail weekly. However it’s best to check the soil before watering, the soil should be allowed to dry out before watering again.
3. String of beads
String of beads (Senecio herreianus) is a trailing succulent that has fleshy oval shape leaves, this succulent is commonly called string of tears. The stems can grow one to several feet in length Like all plants in the Senecio genus. The soil should be a well-drained soil or cactus potting mix, allow the soil to dry out before adding more water. Another sign that your string of beads is thirsty is when the beads show signs of wilt or begin to draw inwardly. Keep in direct sunlight, string of beads are toxic to humans, cats, and dogs.
Stonecrop (genus Sedum) commonly called sedum or orpine, genus of 600 plants species of succulent plant in the family Crassulaceae. This succulent beauty grows up to 7-10 inches tall. Stonecrop produces a thick clump of fleshly foliage. The soil of the stonecrop should be loose, loamy, sandy, or gravelly soil with good drainage.
Stonecrop grows best in indirect bright sunlight, allow the soil to dry out before giving your stonecrop another drink of water, soils that are too wet can lead to root rot. Stonecrops are “generally considered to be non-toxic to humans and pets.”
5. Queen of the night
Queen of the night (Epiphyllum oxypetalum) commonly the Dutchman’s pipe cactus, princess of the night, or queen of the night produces white sweet-scented circular-shaped flowers with narrow petals. The growth of this garden beauty is flat and long with spineless branches that are modified stems which become pendulous and drape making this succulent the perfect fit for a hanging basket.
The ideal soil for this queen to thrive and show off her beauty is soil that’s airy and well-drained, this garden beauty does not like wet feet and should be watered once every two weeks. Filtered sunlight or morning sunlight is what the queen of the night needs to perform her best, queen of the night is said to be “non-toxic to dogs, cats, and horses”
The final word on hanging succulent plants
There you have it, these are five succulent plants among many that are sure to rock your world, what I love about these garden beauties is the ease of care. If you are always on the go but want a garden that’s easy to maintain then I recommend giving two or more of these hanging plants a try. You will be so happy that you did as you connect with nature by gardening about the ground.
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he is 'Natures Little helper' being outdoors, growing his vegetables and flowers from an early age.
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