Growing Vines in a Pot


Whether you plant them indoors or outdoors, potted vines add a vertical appeal to a garden. Vines are available in a plethora of types, with choices that include climbing and trailing varieties to those grown for their foliage or flowers. Vines thrive in standard pots and planters, in window boxes and in hanging baskets. Providing the proper care when growing vines in a pot or other container ensures the plants thrive while continuing to look their best.

Step 1

Fill a pot or container with a quality potting soil. Moisten the potting soil until it is evenly damp throughout.

Step 2

Place the pot in an area that receives the amount of light indicated for the type of vine being grown. Ensure that the plants have the same basic light and cultural requirements if multiple varieties are being grown in one pot.

Step 3

Plant the vine transplants in the pot at the same depth they were at in their nursery pots. Firm the soil around the vine by hand and water from the top so that any air pockets around the roots collapse.

Step 4

Install a stake or trellis in the pot if necessary. Push supports into the soil near the edge of heavy pots until the bottom of the trellis touches the bottom of the pots. Alternately, place pots near a fence or a wall that they can climb. Hanging baskets do not require trellising, as the vines trail over the edge.

Step 5

Water the soil in the pot when the soil surface begins to feel dry. Add water until the excess moisture begins draining from the bottom drainage holes in the pot.

Step 6

Fertilize indoor vines once a month with a houseplant fertilizer, following label application directions. Fertilize outdoor vines with a liquid soluble plant food, following label application amounts and frequency recommendations.

Tips and Warnings

  • Soil in outdoor pots dries out more quickly than indoor pots. Check soil moisture every two or three days to prevent drought-stress to your vines.

Things You'll Need

  • Pot
  • Potting soil
  • Vine transplants
  • Trellis
  • Fertilizer


  • University of Illinois Extension: Growing Vines in Containers
  • North Carolina University Extension: Growing Vines
Keywords: Growing vines in pots, container vines, vining plants

About this Author

Jenny Harrington has been a freelance writer since 2006. Her published articles have appeared in various print and online publications, including the "Dollar Stretcher." Previously, she owned her own business, selling handmade items online, wholesale and at crafts fairs. Harrington's specialties include small business information, crafting, decorating and gardening.