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Vertical Garden: Discover the Best Indoor Climbing Plants (And Add a Touch of Green to Your Home)

Best Indoor Climbing Plants

Are you looking for a way to add some greenery to your home but don’t have much space? Indoor climbing plants are the perfect solution! But with so many options out there, how do you know which ones are the best?

In this article, we’ll take a look at the top indoor climbing plants that are not only easy to care for but also add a touch of nature to your home. From trailing Ivy to climbing Philodendrons, these plants are sure to make a statement in any room.

But before you rush off to the nursery, keep reading to learn about the one indoor climbing plant that’s taking the world by storm and may just surprise you.

Eye-catching indoor gardens incorporate vertical elements. When you grow plants that climb indoors, you create visual interest by inviting the eye up. Gardeners often train various vining trailing plants to climb surfaces such as trellises and walls.

Types Of Indoor Climbing Plants

Types Of Indoor Climbing Plants

Climbing plants in the garden are very difficult to control. With their ability to climb up and over other plants, they may smother garden vegetation or become invasive. Choose indoor climbing plants instead, growing them as houseplants so you can exercise more control over their spreading, vining growth habits.

Creeping Fig Is A Rapid Grower

Creeping fig is a self-climbing vine, known botanically as Ficus pumila. It has green, heart-shaped leaves and barnacle-like rootlets that firmly cling to any surface. Creeping fig readily covers walls in bright light; however, the rootlets take off the paint once you remove the vine.

Philodendron Is A Low-Maintenance Plant

Climbing varieties of philodendron, such as P. Scandens, have heart-shaped leaves and aerial roots along their stems that attach to available surfaces. Philodendron does well when trained onto a moss pole or trellis.

Pothos Is A Fast-Growing Plant

Pothos, an easy-to-grow vine does well when trained to grow up any upright support. It has heart-shaped green leaves with silver or yellow markings. This vigorous vine grows in just about any lighting situation, including partial shade.

Ivy Is A Fast-Growing Vine

Fatshedera (X) lizei, more commonly known as tree ivy, is a cross of the Japanese fatsia and Irish ivy. Its foliage strongly resembles that of ivy, and it is a climbing plant, but fatshedera also exhibits bushy, shrublike growth. When planted it will grow up, then back down, again and again, to create a dense mat of small leaves foliage.

The hedera, or ivy, plant family contains many species of climbing plants that may be grown indoors. Propagate ivy plants from cuttings.

Hoyas are Great Houseplants

Commonly known as the wax plant, hoya is a climbing tropical plant with thick leaves and fragrant, waxy flowers. Hoya grows well indoors on a wire trellis and if given bright light.

The wax plant, Hoya, is easy to grow in containers and popular as a house plant because of its attractive foliage. When pinched back, wax plants will display bushy growth, but if they have the support they become climbers.

Wax plants go through normal winter dormancy even when grown indoors, so do not be alarmed when they die back in the fall. Philodendrons make good house plants because they are very hardy to dust and dry air conditions that are common with indoor environments.

Philodendron species are available in climbing and non-climbing types, but even non-climbing species need support because the bushy growth gets very heavy.

Proper Care Of The Hanging Plants

Proper Care Of The Hanging Plants

Climbing plants need a support system when grown indoors, or you may place them up high so the foliage will cascade downward. Provide plants with a warm, sunny location and provide them with regular water to keep them healthy.

Gently prune away dead and dying leaves to keep climbing plants looking good, and to prevent problems from spreading.

Vines Are A Great Choice For Interior Design

Vines Are A Great Choice For Interior Design

Devil’s ivy, Scindapus, isn’t ivy despite its name. Devil’s ivy, also known as pothos, is a climbing vine. Arrowhead vine, Syngonium, grow quickly and stays hardy even in poor growing conditions. Propagate climbing vines from stem cuttings taken from existing, healthy plants.

How to Grow Vines Indoors

Indoor plant vines are great for home decorating and will add great color to any dull room. They look great spread out over a long dining room table, laid across a fireplace mantel, placed on top of cabinets, or strung up a banister. Viny indoor plants are extremely popular since they are easy to grow and inexpensive to maintain.

Plus, they add a lot of attractive appeal to any room. But keep in mind that all houseplants are different. Some require a lot of sunlight while others require little sunlight. With just a little research and knowledge, you can find the plant that is perfect for your home.

Plant your vines in pots with saucers and in high-quality potting soil. Purchase soil with sphagnum peat moss, vermiculite, perlite, aged compost forest products, and sand. If the first ingredient on the bag says “soil,” then stay away from it as it will dry out and become very hard.

Place vines where they will get adequate but not daylong sunlight. South-facing rooms with large windows always work well for viny plants. Make sure that your window has shades that can be closed to prevent the plants from burning.

Water your vines. If the leaves on your plant begin to change color, such as a green leaf spotting to golden, or your plant looks wilted, water it. It is better to over-water than to not water at all. Most vines sit on saucers that will hold excess water and draw from that excess when needed.

Feed your vines. House vines generally need a moist soil and liquid plant fertilizer such as Miracle-Gro. The well-drained soil should be fertilized once a month or according to packaging directions.

Prune your perfect plant vines twice a year. If you want your vines to get long, only prune discolored leaves and dead vines. Don’t hesitate to cut it way back if it’s too long. Cut at an angle with a pair of good pruning scissors. Cutting at an angle allows for better circulation.

How To Plant Two Of The Best Indoor Vines

How To Plant Two Of The Best Indoor Vines

When you want to add more greenery and flowers inside your home, consider planting the best indoor vine plants. An indoor climbing vine grows effortlessly and quickly indoors, and you can grow them in a hanging basket or in a hanging pot. Some vines climb by using slender, leafless vines called tendrils and some vines twist themselves around support. Others, like the evergreen English ivy, use aerial roots similar to suction cups to cling to flat surfaces and rough walls without support, growing fast and looking attractive.

Ivy Plants Are Low Maintenance

  • Locate existing climbing ivy vines outdoors that you think would fit with the decor of your home indoors. For instance, select vines with flowers that match your home’s color scheme. Vine flowers come in a wide range of colors to choose from.
  • Take a cutting of the outdoor climbing vine by cutting it with garden shears or a sharp knife. Cut a section 5 inches in length, ensuring the vine has up to two nodes. Nodes or bumps appear on the vine in areas where leaves normally appear.
  • Place the vine cutting into a jar or vase until roots appear, then plant your cutting in a pot containing commercial houseplant potting mix. Choose a container that drains well.
  • Water your ivy plant completely, and then allow the soil to feel dry to your fingertips down to 1/2 inch beneath the soil before you water your plant the next time.
  • Place your ivy plant in a window with eastern, western, or northern exposure. Ivy grows well under artificial lights also.
  • Grow your ivy plants alone or at the bottom of other houseplants you may have or display them in hanging baskets.

Pothos Vines Are A Great Addition To Your Living Room

  • Plant pothos in a pot containing a commercial soilless potting mix. Pothos, a common houseplant, and climbing vine appears similar to a philodendron plant, except the large, heart-shaped shiny leaves have an abundance of white and yellow markings.
  • Water your pothos vine in moderation and allow the potting mix to dry out a little between each watering. Ensure you do not over-water your pothos to prevent root rot. Yellow leaves or rotted stems on your vine mean your plant may have root rot.
  • Place your pothos vine plant in your home where it can receive bright, indirect light.
  • Mist your pothos plant regularly with water in a spray bottle, which keeps the leaves clean and boosts your plant’s growth.
  • Grow your vine in hanging baskets, keeping the plant bushy and dense by trimming the long shoots back on a regular basis.

Tips & Warnings

Tips & Warnings

Climbing ivy long vines that grow well indoors in hanging baskets or pots include Algerian ivy, English ivy, Japanese ivy, Irish ivy, Russian ivy, Swedish ivy, Grape Ivy and Persian ivy.

Keep the pothos vine away from children and pets when growing it indoors, since pothos is poisonous.

In conclusion, indoor climbing plants are a great way to bring some greenery into your home, even if you have limited space. From trailing Ivy to climbing Philodendrons, these plants are easy to care for and can add a touch of nature to any room.

And let’s not forget about the surprise star of the show: the Pothos. It’s taking the world by storm and is sure to make a statement in your home.

If you’re feeling inspired and ready to add some indoor climbing plants to your home, the next step is to visit your local nursery or garden center to find the perfect one for you. And don’t forget to check online resources for tips on how to care for them. Happy gardening!”

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Miranda Sharp

Miranda Sharp

I'm an Editorial Assistant based in South East Asia having travelled all over the world. I mostly cover the LATAM timezones managing the content side of things here. On weekends, you will find me watching Grey's Anatomy and plethora of Netflix soppy dramas or munching on dishes I would have doled out from MasterChef

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