What exactly are climbing plants?
Climbing plants (also known as vine plants, trailing plants or hanging plants) can be grown both indoors and outdoors. They are characteristic for their long and thick sprigs. Some of them have spiral twigs covered with ornamental leaves. Some species of climber plants also have flowers or fruits.
Indoor vine plants, just like the ones grown in the yard, need a special support. This way, the stems can easily wrap around it without the risk of damage.
It’s advised to use metal or bamboo climbing plants support. Wooden sticks are not recommended, as they can spread bacteria and fungi that pose a threat to the plants.
Why having hanging plants at home is a good idea?
Trailing plants, above all, look really good and they enrich the interior design. They are quite a popular choice for Boho style interiors, as well as those designed as a Urban Jungle. It doesn’t mean that those are the only suitable designs for indoor vines. Climbing plants are perfect both for a large house and a small apartment. Furthermore, they are often the main elements of so-called vertical gardens installed on walls.
Another noteworthy fact is that climbing plants are often beneficial for health. Thanks to this, they can improve your well-being, e.g. by purifying the air. In this case, however, everything depends on the type of climber plants you pick - each species is different.
Monsteras - stylish indoor climbing plants
Monstera has become a very popular indoor plant. It got famous because of its characteristic leaves recognizable by anyone - even non-plant-lovers. Few know, however, that monsteras are house plants classified as climbers.
Of course, not every monstera species tends to climb in the same way. As for typical climbing plants, Adansonii type, also known as Monkey Mask is definitely worth getting. Its characteristic leaves are riddled with holes, which looks impressive.
How to take care of this type of trailing plants? Monstera adansonii is perfect for those who have little experience in plant growing. It doesn’t have too many requirements and taking care of it is almost trivial. Just pick a half-shaded spot for it, e.g. by the sofa in the living room and water it regularly but not profusely once a week. In summer, you can mist the plant with water, especially if the temperature in the interior is over 25°C (77 F).
Common ivy - a well-known climber plant
Some climbing plants have been equally popular since many years. Common ivy is one of them, and it can be found in many homes. What are its characteristic features? Most importantly, those indoor climbing plants:
- are not too demanding regarding the soil,
- don’t need any special treatment,
- grow rapidly,
- fit many types of interiors,
- are not too expensive.
Common ivies are not only perfect indoor vine plants. They can also be grown on balconies or in gardens by fences and trellises. Common ivy is very durable, so low temperatures won’t harm it.
They only threat for an ivy is too high humidity. Even slight overwatering might result in root rot. For this reason, don’t water the plant too often.
Scindapsus - universal indoor climbing plants
As for popular climbing plants, scindapsus is a common and often grown species.
Just like common ivy, this type of vine plants is durable and doesn’t need any special care. They make perfect indoor climbing plants for those who want to enjoy a green interior but don’t have time to take care of plants. Scindapsus is also characteristic for its looks. The leaves look really impressive.
Because of the leaf shape, scindapsus is commonly mistaken for common ivy. You can tell the difference by the size of the leaves - they are larger in comparison with ivy.
Scindapsus is a blooming plant which likes well-illuminated spots. You can put it on a windowsill or the floor by balcony windows. The plant, however, looks equally good in shade, which is a big advantage. As already mentioned, it is a not too demanding plant. The leaves, in this case, will have a slightly less saturated color, which is not a problem.
Scindapsuses are climbing plants that like sunlight but don’t feel well if the temperature is too high. Make sure that the temperature in the room is below 24°C (75.2 F) but over 20°C (32 F).
Scindapsus likes moderate humidity - both in the air and in the pot. Remember about regular watering and spray the leaves in summer. Thanks to this, the climber plants grow faster.
String-of-pearls - unusual trailing plants
Commonly known as string-of-pearls, Senecio rowleyanus is a creeping plant for experienced greenery lovers. It’s as demanding as beautiful it looks. Those hanging plants are characteristic for the spheres growing on the stems. They resemble a string of beads - or pearls, aligned from the largest to the smallest.
String-of-pearls likes sunlight, so it’s perfect for well-illuminated spots such as windowsills. It’s important to water those hanging plants regularly. Thanks to this, they not only grow beautifully, but also their color is more intense.
Experts who cultivate Senecio rowleyanus use certain tricks that help in growing of those trailing plants. For instance, one can use succulent soil, which is far better than universal potting mix.
📍 What are the best climbing plants for a pergola?
Ivies are perfect climbing plants that grow beautifully on a pergola and are resistant to difficult conditions. Other vine plants you can pick are wisteria and climbing rose. In contrast to ivy which has only decorative leaves, they also grow beautiful colorful flowers.
📍 What are the best climber plants to grow on a balcony?
Common ivy is the most popular type of climbing plants grown on balconies. If you want something different, you can also pick old man's beard or honeysuckle. Climbing hydrangea is another good idea.