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Connecticut Garden Journal: Climbing Houseplants

Jan 14, 2021

Houseplants are popular for adding lush greenery indoors. But what if you don't have space for large floor or tabletop houseplants? The solution is trailing or climbing houseplants. 

There are a number of climbing houseplants that thrive in low to medium light conditions, can grow in a hanging pot and are easy to propagate and maintain.

Probably the most common and easiest to grow are philodendron and pothos. The heart-shaped leaves come in dark green or variegated white or yellow colors. They thrive with just bright, indirect light and slightly moist soil. Growing up, my mother always had some growing in little pots in her kitchen. Philodendron and pothos will creep along and can be attached to the edge of windows or doors. Like many climbers, if they get too rangy, simply cut back the vine and root the cuttings.

Equally easy are English and Swedish ivy. These make great bathroom plants since they love humidity. English ivy has duck foot-shaped, green or green and white leaves and creep like a philodendron, while Swedish ivy has scalloped, light green leaves and looks beautiful as it cascades over a pot edge. Both like bright, indirect, light.

For a conversation piece try string of pearls. This unusual houseplant has stems with small, green, bead-shaped leaves attached. It tolerates dry soil and needs just a few hours of light a day.

The arrowhead plant has arrowhead-shaped leaves and will cascade over a pot edge, if not cut back. Green leaved versions tolerate low light, while newer pink or orange colored varieties, such as 'Neon Robusta', need more light for best color.