Houseplants add that splash of color to any room. It also brings a bit of the outdoors inside. Growing vines on the outside of the home provide an estate-like, old-school appearance, they can be grown indoors as well. They are great in adding color to the border of a room or just for decoration. Indoor vining house plants add just that touch of sophistication to any room.
How Do You Grow an Indoor Vining House Plant?
Vines can grow quite uncontrollably and may invade parameters. Therefore, consistent pruning prevents that unruly look and keeps them neat. You can train them by using lattice or a trellis for that romantic feeling as well.
You will need to monitor water and food closely. Light conditions will also vary per plant. Therefore you need to consider which direction the room is facing and the amount of sunlight. They are not a low-maintenance plant, but they are beautiful when properly cared for.
Indoor vining plants tend to come in a hanging basket, so the vines will dangle from the pot. You can choose whether you strategically place them in a room, on top of a wall, or drape them along bookshelves/cabinet tops.
Types of Indoor Vine Plants
There are numerous types of indoor vine plants. They range from the extensive-yet-worth-it to the affordable, lower maintenance plant. These plants need regular pruning to prevent them from looking scraggly, but their range of sunlight and feeding requirements vary, and you should consider these when purchasing your plant.
A philodendron is the most common indoor vining houseplant, and it comes in almost 200 species. Some are non-climbing, and some are climbing. Those that climbs tend to be grown in hanging pots, as mentioned above. They contain aerial roots located along the stem. The roots will attach to any available support it finds.
This plant thrives with indirect sunlight, occasional feeding, and periodic watering.
Pothos Plants (Devil’s Ivy)
Similar to a philodendron, the leaves on this plant are heart-shaped. They can grow six inches across and contain leaves two to four inches in width. A pothos plant will grow in a hanging basket or upright on a support pole.
Growing the plant is very easy. It thrives in any light, requires regular pruning to shape the vine length, and only requires enough water to prevent it from wilting.
Swedish Ivy (Creeping Charlie)
A Swedish ivy plant contains shiny foliage that is scalloped. It hangs down with long arms and has a variety of types available. This plant grows quite rapidly, so you will need to keep on top of pruning it. However, it does well in areas of moderate to low light but thrives by a window.
They are purchased in a hanging basket and can be pinched to encourage them to grow more fully.
Spider plants are very hardy and almost indestructible. They are great if you have more of a brown thumb but want to have plants in your house.
Spider plants have white and green striped leaves combined with long stems, which the tiny (spider-like) plants grow. The plantlets can develop roots which turn into new plants if they are touching soil. If you pinch the step, it will promote branching.
The inch plant comes in different varieties, with the most common being silver and purple variegated. It grows quickly and can get up to several feet long. For new growth, remove old stems. Pinching the long arms will encourage it to grow thicker. Inch plants grow with any amount of natural light and will do well in fluorescent lights as well.
How Do I Care for Indoor Vining House Plants?
As mentioned, climbing vines need pruning to restrain their rapid growth. Otherwise, they will grow out of hand and look unruly. They will begin to invade the surrounding space. It will also promote fuller growth and create more blooms.
Pruning should be done in the springtime before new growth occurs. If the plants grow quickly, you may need to do it again in the fall. When pruning the plant, cut just above the node or where the swelling of the leaf is.
These types of plants need something to grasp onto or be contained in a hanging pot. You can train them to go over doors, along with bookcases, around windows, or to go down a wall.
Water needs to be monitored closely with these plants. Many of them are forgiving when it comes to too little watering. However, the best way to kill these plants is by overwatering. Therefore, wait until their soil is completely dry before watering.
You will notice they require less water in winter, and it’s best to water them during the morning hours.
Fertilize them during the growing season. They may also require repotting as well. To do this, add two inches to the pot size, and transplant it in the spring to keep it healthy.
There are many indoor vining house plants available that will look great in your home. Many people are now using them as a hanging decoration, or you can use them to create a border around the perimeter of a room.
They add that perfect pop of color, and you can train them to go around almost any object.
They are higher maintenance than most other plants as they will require regular pruning to make them more manageable. You may need to use ties to guide them into position and maintain them there until new growth comes through.
Vining plants are a beautiful way to make a room appear elegant and classy or add a contemporary look.
When purchasing an indoor vining house plant, consider your expertise in growing plants. Consider how much sunlight the room receives and which direction it faces. Some plants require a great deal of natural light to thrive, while others can grow in little to no light. Also, some require daily watering, while others only require it occasionally.
You need to find one that fits with your lifestyle, and if you don’t have time to maintain it, then these plants are not for you!