In this sense, hanging succulents are very attractive plants for gardening lovers, not only because of their characteristic shapes but also because of how easily they adapt to different spaces. In fact, succulents are increasingly present in Mediterranean environments, as they bring an original and harmonious touch to any space. You don’t know how to care for hanging succulents and are you thinking of incorporating some into your home? read on!
Types of Hanging Succulents
Hanging succulents are plants capable of storing water in their stems, leaves, and roots, and, in fact, they are characterized by having fleshy and tender leaves, although there are certain differences depending on the species. Succulents generally require little humidity and can grow in dry climates without problems.
To analyze the different care of hanging succulents, first, it is necessary to explain that there are many types of hanging succulents. Here we share with you some of the most well-liked species:
- Rosario plant: the Rosario plant, with the scientific name Senecio rowleyanus , has long, thin stems and cylinder-shaped leaves, where it stores the water it absorbs.
- Rhipsalis: Rhipsalis are scruffy-looking plants that together form a kind of curtain. There are about 60 varieties of this type of succulent, but practically all of them have showy stems widely used as decorative elements.
- Donkey’s tail: the donkey’s tail, with the scientific name Sedum morganianum, is a species that is highly resistant to high temperatures and has striking green leaves that can take on gray tones. These leaves are grouped in hanging clusters, which explains the name by which this plant is known.
- Heart necklace: Ceropegia woodii is popularly known as a heart necklace due to the characteristic and beautiful shape of its fleshy leaves. Exposed to the sun, this plant can take on a very striking reddish color, and best of all, it grows both in somewhat shady areas and in spaces with direct sunlight.
Light and Weather
After detailing some types of hanging succulent plants, the first tip to take into account is climate and light. Coming from hot, desert climates such as Africa or Mexico, outdoor hanging succulents are well resistant to drought and continuous sun exposure.
But you need to remember that there are outdoor hanging succulents and indoor hanging succulents, that is, there are species that survive better if they are not in direct contact with the sun’s rays, otherwise they will dehydrate more quickly and lose its water reserves. So, depending on the succulent you want to have in your home, you should place it in a more or less shady place
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If you detect that the leaves of your plant begin to acquire a reddish color, it means that they are burning due to overexposure to the sun. If, on the contrary, the tone of the leaves is very pale, you will have to relocate the plant so that it receives more sunlight.
Another aspect to keep in mind is that all of these tips should apply to both hanging flowering succulents and non-flowering ones. In this case, another essential point is compost.
Throughout the growth stage, you should fertilize your plants with a specific or organic fertilizer once a month. Despite being temporary care that you will carry out only for a while, the health of your plant will be greatly enhanced. The plant will need to be transplanted as it grows so that the size does not overflow the pot.
Virtually all succulents, including hanging cacti, are characterized by the low watering they need. An excess of water can have fatal consequences for your plant since it could rot its roots and kill it in a short time.
Taking this into account, it is essential to control the frequency of irrigation and only water it once you notice that the substrate is entirely dry. You will also have to avoid puddles when you water your plant because remember that they are species from hot climates that better withstand high and dry temperatures than cold and excess water.
Due to the need to avoid puddles while watering hanging succulents, it is vital that these plants maintain good drainage. In this way, they can eliminate excess water if you exceed the recommended amount or frequency of irrigation.
Do not place any plate under the pot as the substrate of the hanging succulents is too humid. In case you want to put a plate as a decorative element, make sure to throw away the stored water after watering to avoid puddles.
To continue learning how to care for hanging succulents, you must bear in mind that these curious plants grow perfectly on different surfaces (tree barks, rocks, etc.). Considering this, we might conclude that the ability of these species to develop in different terrains makes that do not require a substrate very rich in minerals.
Hanging succulents can grow perfectly in poor soil, so you can make different mixes with the substrate (either sand or cactus substrate) without fear of consequences.
Because of their beautiful appearance and their great resistance to adverse weather conditions, these plants are ideal for decorating your home and other spaces. So, when in doubt about which species to choose to give life to your home, hanging succulents are a sure hit.
Adapted and translated by The Cop Cart Staff