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Supporting Vining Houseplants: Managing Vining Plants Inside The Home

When they are young, climbing plants don’t really show off their beauty. At first, they tend to grow rather bushy. It’s cute, but in a hanging basket it’s really nothing to speak about. They develop long shoots as they get older. Once this happens, depending on the kind of plant, you can either let them hang down or set them on a table and place a stick or small trellis in the pot. Then they can climb up instead of hanging down. Don’t be surprised that some plants can be both climbing and hanging. Regardless, they all need some type of plant support to keep them looking and behaving at their best. Read on to learn more about managing vining plants inside the home.

Supporting Vining Houseplants

Wood, wire, rattan and bamboo all make great supports for climbing houseplants. You can get a trellis, spindle and even round arches. If you’re skilled enough, you can always make your own with a little wire coated with plastic or non-rusting wire. Whatever you use, be sure the supports for climbing plants are inserted into the pot at the time of planting. Thick stakes poked into the planting mix later will pose a threat to your established roots.

The soft shoots of climbing plants can be trained around the supports. Depending on the structure of the support apparatus you use, you can shape the plant into an orb, a pyramid, or even a heart. If you want the shoots to have better hold, you can fasten them loosely with string to the support.

How To Support Climbing Houseplants Indoors

Different vining plants require different types of support, so choosing a vining plant support will depend on the type of vine you are growing. Below are a few examples that can be used as a guide.

For round arch type supports, the following plants work well:

  • Passion flower (Passiflora)
  • Wax flower (Stephanotis floribunda)
  • Wax plant (Hoya)
  • Jasmine (Jasminum polyanthum)
  • Climbing lily (Gloriosa rothschildiana)
  • Dipladenia

For trellises or spindles, you can plant:

  • English ivy (Hedera helix)
  • Canary Island ivy (Hedera canariensis)
  • Chestnut vine (Tetrastigma voinierianum)
  • Grape ivy (Cissus rhombifolia)
  • Plush vine (Mikania ternata)

If you plant with moss poles or stakes, you can tie the tendrils of these plants up with wire lightly. These plants work best:

  • Philodendron (Philodendron)
  • Schefflera (Schefflera)
  • Arrowhead (Syngonium)

These are just a sampling of vining plants and some of the ways to support them in the home. As you study what is available commercially in your area, and you find what works best for your circumstance, you may find even more choices for supporting vining houseplants.

Trellis Planter

Want to show off your favorite climbing plant? A trellis planter offers a beautiful solution for vining plants in your home — or out on the patio.

Cone Trellis

Take your plants to new heights and add style to your plant collection, indoors or out. This Cone Topiary Frame makes it easy for you.

This is truly an eye-catching form, ready to showcase your lush climbing ivy or radiant blooming vines.

Made of durable powder-coated steel to stand up to the weather, topped with a swirl design.

Jardin Pot Trellis

Put the Jardin Pot Trellis in a big pot — 14-inch or larger.

You’ll love its elegant hourglass silhouette, inspired by the gardens of France. Its timeless style will enhance your container garden, too.

Made of powder-coated steel, it’ll stand up to the elements. But, its graceful lines add a captivating dimension to your indoor climbers as well.

Training Climbers

Plants that climb hold onto supports with their aerial roots or twining tendrils.

Climbers need help from you to hold onto a trellis. Training the stems is easy to do by tying them in place with string, wire or twine. Carefully weave each stem onto the trellis, tying it in place where necessary. Tie stems tightly enough to hold them in place, but take care not to cut into the stems.

Re-Usable Plant Ties are the easiest I’ve found for tying stems to a trellis or other support.

Durable, self-gripping tape is soft enough to hold the most delicate flower stems, yet strong enough to hold up heavy tomato vines. No more struggling to tie knots in hard-to-reach places.

Rolling Trellis Planter

Rolling Planter with Trellis and Self Watering System puts your gorgeous container garden anywhere you choose. Simple design allows your climbing plants to shine — and adds privacy for your patio, too.

Crafted of weather-resistant polyethylene

Built-in 2-1/2 gallon reservoir keeps your plants watered even when you’re away

Caster wheels make it easy to move your trellis planter, and they lock to keep it secure

You’ll enjoy the ease of this mobile planter. Use it for your climbing bougainvillea, roses, clematis — or a tall plant that needs support.

Mini Scroll Pot Trellis

Perhaps the easiest solution for house plants, the Mini Scroll Pot Trellis (Set of 3) shows off your plant in classic form.

Made to use indoors to support your houseplant. Display your trellis in a small pot.

Topiary Frame

Push this Twist Topiary Frame into your favorite pot — indoors or out.

Just right for your climbers, this frame adds a twist to the classic topiary. Use more than one to bring architectural style to a set of containers in your entryway or on your porch.

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Bold and graphic indoor vines are an easygoing and easy growing style that’s here to stay, thanks to design trends like Bohemian Chic and Coastal Cottage, and Pantone’s Color of the Year last year, Greenery, a refreshing yellow-green that invigorates modern and minimalistic dwellings.

You can’t go wrong when you decorate your home with trailing houseplants like ivy and pothos. Park them on shelves and let them do their thing, sending out shoots that will cascade over edges and door frames and across shelves and the entire room. It’s a look that adds whimsy and completes your space.

Our top 6 picks for indoor vines:

1. Pothos

The heart-shaped leaves of pothos grow along stems that never seem to end. Give this houseplant indirect light, and water only when it dries out. Trim the plant for a bushy shape because once it sends out long stems, it can lose that full look. It’s hardy to 30 degrees Fahrenheit, so it can have quality outdoor time, too.

2. English Ivy

Spade-shaped leaves and variegation are the hallmarks of this quick grower. Ivy likes moist soil and consistent, but not-too-warm temperatures. While this plant can handle less light, keep in mind that the color of the leaves will change.

3. Burro’s Tail

Sometimes called donkey’s tail, burro’s tail is a sedum with waxy bright green leaves that trail in thick rope-like clusters. It is seen frequently in head-shaped planters due to its resemblance to braided hair. Like other succulents, burro’s tail likes to keep its feet dry in a room with diffused light.

4. Purple Heart, or Tradescantia pallida

Known for its green heart-shaped leaves with purple and silver stripes, this plant offers outrageous color and easy propagation.

5. Creeping fig

This tiny ficus sends out bright green papery leaves that become thick and waxy over time. Give this prolific grower indirect light and occasional watering.

6. String of Pearls

This fleshy, trailing succulent has slender stems with round leaves that look like a string of pearls. This plant is an ideal accent for mixed containers, hanging baskets and as a striking houseplant for brightly lit areas.

Tips for growing indoor vines:

  • Water when the soil feels dry. Overwatering kills plants.
  • Let the vines cascade from shelves, across side tables or in a sunny window. Alternatively, let vines climb along window and door frames, or train them to climb a chain.
  • Feed indoor plants once a month with a liquid fertilizer.
  • Most indoor vines need a minimum of four hours of sunlight a day. Read the plant tag to determine your plant’s needs. It may take a few tries around your home before you find the right light for your plants.
  • If your plant isn’t thriving, it may be time to repot. Follow our how-to for best practices when repotting houseplants.

Get more tips for living life with houseplants in these Garden Club stories:

  • 6 Ways to Integrate House Plants into Your Space
  • How to Read Your House Plants
  • Infographic: Best Places in Your Home for House Plants

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Tips for training climbing plants

Every garden needs a few climbing plants or wall shrubs. They add height and privacy, and can be trained to grow on a fence, trellis or wall, as well as through other plants.

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When you plant a climber, don’t just assume it will look after itself; only those with adhesive pads or adventitious roots will do this. Most need to be tied in to a support to begin with, or at the very least guided towards the support to help it get a grip.

Good climbers for fences include clematis, passion flowers and smaller climbing roses, such as ‘Blush Noisette’ and ‘Buff Beauty’, which bloom low down where you can enjoy them. For large walls and long fences, try vines and creepers.

Read our advice on how to train wall climbers and shrubs, below.

When you plant a climber, don’t just assume it will look after itself. With a little help, they’ll produce the best results.

Support with wires

Give climbers support by fixing horizontal wires, 45cm apart, to your fence or wall. Space the vine eyes 1.8m apart horizontally, then run wire through them. Secure the ends by looping through the eye and wrapping around the shank. You can tighten the wire using a pair of pliers to turn the end of the vine eye. If the climber can’t grip by itself, tie its stems into the wires, keeping the twine loose to allow for growth.

Turning a vine-eye with pliers to tighten a wire support for a climber

Get the plant off to a good start

Before planting, stand the climber in water to soak the rootball thoroughly. Then dig a large planting hole at least 45cm from the base of your wall or fence. Add plenty of garden compost to retain moisture in the soil, as this location is often very dry. When planting, point the climber in the direction you want it to grow by tilting the rootball at a 45 degree angle.

Firming in a newly planted climber

Grow climbers up other plants

Growing climbers up other plants is a great way to add an extra season of interest to trees, spring-flowering shrubs and evergreens. Climbers always head towards the sun, so the trick when training them is always to plant them on the shady, north side of your living support. Suitable climbers include Clematis ‘Minuet’, which will scramble through low-growing to medium shrubs, and Rosa ‘Paul’s Himalayan Musk’, a rambler rose that will clamber into trees.

Planting a climber on the shady side of a shrub that it can grow up

Training wall shrubs

To clad a wall with a shrub such as ceanothus, set up series of horizontal wires, as above. Tie in the main shoot vertically, then fan out the side branches and tie in too. After flowering, remove any branches growing out from the wall, and tie in other shoots to fill any gaps. After the first two years, trim all flowered shoots to 10-15cm.

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Show off berries

If you don’t prune a wall-trained pyracantha, its vibrant berries will be hidden under new foliage by the time they ripen. First cut back any excess growth in spring to keep its shape against the wall, then in late summer snip the new growth back to just beyond the berries so they stand out against a leafy background.

Vibrant red pyracantha berries

Indoor Garden Idea – Hang Your Plants From The Ceiling & Walls

Hanging up an indoor garden is great idea for a number of reasons, the biggest being that it keeps your plants off the ground. When your plants are on the ground you’re more likely to forget them. When they’re up at eye level you won’t miss them and you’ll notice sooner if they’re in need of attention.

Hanging your indoor garden is also good if you have pets, children, or if you’re short on floor space. Here’s a list of the different ways you can create a hanging indoor garden.

1. Suction them to the window

These indoor window planters are the perfect size for mini herbs, and ensure that the plants get the light they need. Also, if you keep them in the kitchen, you’ll always have fresh herbs right within reach!

Hanging gardens by Little Urban Farmers

2. Build an indoor trellis

This wall planter gives you a place to store your plants as well as other hanging objects, freeing up your floor for more important things, like chairs and tables.

DIY Wall Planter by Lana Red Studio

3.Use them as art

A big beautiful installation of plants and flowers on your wall not only gives you a beautiful indoor garden it acts as wall art as well. Art can be expensive and will always look the same. A planter mounted to the wall, however, can be changed whenever you feel like it and will bring life into your home.

Wally Three by Woolly Pocket

4. Attach vertical planters to the wall

Attaching a vertical hanger to your wall provides the perfect spot for plants. Mixing herbs, flowers, and grasses adds texture and color to your space and makes it smell great all the time.

ALGOT Wall upright and basket, white by IKEA

5. Hang them from the ceiling

These planters hang from the ceiling and from each other making it easy to take down a single planter at a time to harvest your herbs and makes watering that much more convenient.

BITTERGURKA Hanging planter, white from IKEA

6. Hang them upside down

Make a statement and shock your guests with upside down hanging planters. Technology keeps the soil and water in while allowing your plants to thrive.

Sky Planter by boskke

7. Attach them to the wall with magnets.

Configure your garden in any way you like using these planters that stick to the wall using magnetic plates. They allow you to move things whenever you want, making it great for when your plants outgrow the configuration they start in.

Planters by Urbio

8. DIY a hanging basket

Customize your own modern set of hanging planters, perfect for the corner of any space.

Easy Hanging Planter DIY from A Beautiful Mess.

9. Hang them in style

Matte black hangers wrapped in twine make a fabulous statement in your space and give your plants a stylish place to hang out.

Grow-It Örtkruka, Grå available through Royal Design

10. Put them in a bag

But not just any bag! These Pot Cradles are designed to allow you to hang your plants anywhere. They’re lightweight, adjustable, and can be hung on pretty much anything.

Pot Cradle by HEAN.

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