10 Best Hanging Succulent Plants

10 Best Hanging Succulent Plants
10 Best Hanging Succulent Plants

Succulents are valued for their hardiness and minimal care. the Ampelous class of hanging succulent plants retains almost all the advantages of their counterparts. They are also able to store water in the tissues of their leaves and stems. Ampelous hanging succulent plants with their drooping shoots and spreading canopies are a sight to behold, however, as they originated not in the desert but in the subtropical rainforest. In this Thumbgarden article, I will show you ten of the most striking and easy to grow plants in this group.


The fleshy shoots and leaves of Ampelous hanging succulent plants and cacti produce an impressive mass, so the plants need sturdier containers and a sturdier installation.

Despite sometimes being over 40 inches (1 meter) in length, these succulents grow in wide, low pots with attention to drainage and light soil.

They generally like light but are less tolerant of direct sunlight and prefer diffused light or soft penumbra.

Ampelous hanging succulent plants grow well at room temperature. And they only flower in cool overwintering conditions; they do not like high temperatures.

In addition, there are a few key rules to remember when planting.

  1. Ampelous hanging succulent plants prefer medium to high humidity and respond less well to dry air.
  2. Plants are still very sensitive to over-watering and prefer light and constant soil moisture.
  3. Shoots and foliage need careful handling as they are easily injured and broken and do not tolerate constant contact.
  4. Ampelous hanging succulent plants respond badly to neglect and dust build-up.
  5. Bushes should be carefully replanted not only when they are needed but also when the plants really need it.
  6. To develop evenly you need to be aware of the position in relation to the light source and turn the crown of the mirror regularly.

Ampelous hanging succulent plants are often recommended for planting in hanging baskets only. But don’t reject other possibilities. Firstly, only succulents with long filaments and 40 inches (1 meter) long shoots will look good in the ‘hanging‘ position. In a ‘flat’ view, the bountiful cacti will show their beauty, and many lush shrubs will look better from above.

These species can be used to create cascades – mounted on shelves, stands or planted in pots on legs – or as floor-standing, on dressers and tables as living sculptures.

1. Rowley’s cress

Rowley's cress - 10 Best Hanging Succulent Plants
Rowley’s cress – 10 Best Hanging Succulent Plants

This unique and gorgeous succulent is known at a glance as ‘String of Pearls’. The thin, thread-like shoots with their rounded leaves do resemble beads strung on a thread. The shoots are up to 20 inches (0.5m) long and the shrub gets better every year.

The light-loving Senecio rowleyanus flower prefers aeration, cool winter temperatures, moderate watering, and nutrition.

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2. Burro’s-tail

Burro's-tail - 10 Best Hanging Succulent Plants
Burro’s-tail – 10 Best Hanging Succulent Plants

A fascinating and powerful plant, known in Europe as Donkey’s Tail, one of the most densely foliated succulents. The fleshy, oval-ovate, waxy leaves are very easy to shed and form gorgeous patterns on the slender shoots. Under the weight of the foliage, long branches up to 23 inches (60 cm) long hang in attractive, massive cascades.

Sedum morganianum prefers bright light, fresh, dry air and overwinters at 50 °F (10 °C).
Burrito is a hybrid with spiral, closely spaced leaves and a light yellow colour that is worth seeing.

3. Rattail Cactus

Rattail Cactus - 10 Best Hanging Succulent Plants
Rattail Cactus – 10 Best Hanging Succulent Plants

Rattail Cactus is well known for its long, thick, wicker-like shoots. Up to 23 inches (60 cm) long, angular and spiny, it is decorated with a strict pattern of spines with red bristles. The brilliant red-pink flowers, up to 4 inches (10 cm) long, are a timeless gaze. The flowers even bloom at the base of the shoots, forming a curious cap on the long ‘snake’.

Rattail Cactus adapts well to different light conditions and prefers plenty of watering throughout its growth and flowering period.

4. Schlumbergera

This richly flowering cactus, mainly in the form of hybrids, has earned the nickname December Tree or Christmas Tree for its color palette and flowering time. The large tubular flowers are in bright, clear shades of white-pink-orange-red and bloom from November to January.

The spiny, flat shoots with beautifully serrated edges have no thorns. Cacti branch profusely and form rather dense bushes that tend to lose their shape and stretch out.

Schlumbergera prefers nutrient-rich acidic soil, cool dry breaks, and high air humidity.

5. Rhipsalis campos-portoana

A primitive epiphytic shrub with a club-shaped green plant. Its slender, succulent, densely branched, rounded shoots form a grotesquely pendulous, graphic shrub up to 80 inches (2 m) long. Small white flowers with translucent petals open slightly at the ends of the ‘sticks’ – the branches.

Rhipsalis Campos-portoana prefers soft light, heat, high air humidity, constant soil moisture, and a small amount of nutrients.

In addition to this original, other Rhipsalis Campos-portoana are worth a closer look, with their inimitable lacework of tiny rounded, prismatic or faceted shoots.

6. Ceropegia woodii

Ceropegia woodii - 10 Best Hanging Succulent Plants
Ceropegia woodii – 10 Best Hanging Succulent Plants

The thickened tuberous roots allow the plant to survive in almost all conditions. The shoots are slender, cordate, purplish and striking, hanging down from the pot and adorned with sparsely arranged pairs of elegant heart-shaped leaves up to 1 inch (2.5 cm) in diameter. Silvery marbling glistens on its dark surface.

The thickened fleshy leaves are almost invisible, as are the miniature bulbs from which, under favourable conditions, new plants can grow. ceropegia woodii looks less like a necklace than like sparsely strung coins. The shoots of the plant are easily ‘tangled’.

Ceropegias prefer bright light, daily temperature changes and cool overwintering conditions.

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7. Cryptocereus Anthonyanus

A close relative of the legendary Queen of the Night, it is also the most interesting Ampelous cactus, with its bizarre pendulous bright green faceted branches. They have a thickly serrated edge with surprisingly large interlocking serrations.

The bushy peach flowers with their sharp wedge-shaped pink bracts and creamy white centres look large.
Cryptocereus Anthonyanus / Selenicereus anthonyanus is adapted to all kinds of light, likes fresh air, is watered sparingly and has hot summers and cool winters.

8. Schlumbergera gaertneri

Schlumbergera gaertneri blooms in spring and looks more like a cloud of flowers, completely hidden under pendulous orange, pink, red or purple flowers.

An unpretentious cactus with sloping, strongly branched shoots, somewhat like those of Schlumbergera, consisting of long, flat, serrated segments, this forest cactus forms huge, uniform clumps.

Best grown in diffused light, high humidity, cool overwintering conditions and fresh air in summer, do not overfeed or overwater.

9. Crassula rupestris

Crassula rupestris - 10 Best Hanging Succulent Plants
Crassula rupestris – 10 Best Hanging Succulent Plants

This inimitable plant has several hybrids, forms and varieties that form prostrate and pendulous buds, including ‘Marnieriana’ and ‘Hottentot’. The rounded, very fleshy leaves are arranged in pairs on long twining branches and clustered together at the base, giving the impression of round leaves pierced by branches or tightly strung pennies and buttons.

Capable of changing from a blue waxy colour to a slight carmine depending on brightness, the distinctive shape, compact structure and beautiful lines make Crassula rupestris very ornate.

Thick plants require standard ‘cactus’ care.

If you are looking for non-standard Ampelous plants, it is worth looking at the range of ground cover tops – there are many original plants that are often sold without the species name.

How to Grow and Care for Crassula Plant

10. Mesembryanthemum cordifolium

Mesembryanthemum cordifolium - 10 Best Hanging Succulent Plants
Mesembryanthemum cordifolium – 10 Best Hanging Succulent Plants

Mesembryanthemum cordifolium a present succulent or Baby sun rose that has long been overlooked by florists. The fleshy, neat, heart-shaped, lanceolate leaves are densely packed on densely branched, pendulous shoots in bright colours, allowing the Mesembryanthemum to form very dense and ornate, cascading shrubs.

These shrubs become a landscape when baskets of flowers reminiscent of Mesembryanthemum cordifolium bloom at the tips of the shoots. Their palette includes all shades of pink and red.

Without a cool overwintering period, this plant would be difficult to achieve success. Chrysanthemums are extremely light-loving and prefer fresh air and a minimum of steady humidity.

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