Sunday, March 19, 2017

indoor trailing succulents

Indoor plants are a great way to liven up a living space and add some green to the scene (I'm sorry I can't help rhyming). When I was in high school and living with my parents, my inner grandma really unleashed herself and I got into gardening a lot. My parents have a huge yard in the back so the highlights of my weekend mornings were planting beds of flowers that my dad would buy from Home Depot. My after-school plans always involved watering the plants, and I loved just standing there with the hose for 15-20 minutes every afternoon, letting my mind wander. Now that I've painted a somewhat depressing image of my total 16 year old homebody self, it should come as no surprise that 10 years later, not much has changed. I still love gardening and greenery. Living in an apartment takes out the option of having a huge garden like I had when living with my parents all those years ago, but there are still other ways to accommodate my love for plants. The unfortunate reality of life now is that I hardly have time to water plants daily or even weekly. After a few pathetic failed attempts to grow a basil plant (my high school self would be so disappointed in me), I knew I had to find something that would be difficult to kill. What better plant group than the popular, hipster, cool succulents?

I've gathered some of my favorite trailing succulents here. These plants are perfect to have in a pot on a counter, or a hanging basket because they grow beautiful trails. 

Fishhook succulent or String of Bananas (senecio radicans)

Native to South Africa, this specie can't tolerate temperatures below freezing (not ideal for outdoors if you live in a cold place). Of note, this plant is toxic and should not be consumed- keep away from pets and kids (and curious, hyperphagic, hyperoral adults). 

String of Pearls (senecio rowleyanus)

Native to parts of southwest Africa, this plant is also toxic when consumed.

Ghost Tail (graptopetalum paraguayense)

Native to Mexico, and not Paraguay as the name would suggest, this plant can tolerate freezing temperatures. If you decide to plant it outdoors, it is "deer resistant".

Donkey Tail plant (sedum morganianum)

This plan is native to Mexico and Honduras. It's leaves are extremely delicate and will fall off at the slightest touch. 


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