Making a Teepee Trellis for a House Plant


Trellising indoor vines is an attractive way to display them while giving them the support to grow vertically. Indoor ivies and other vining houseplants are often grown in hanging baskets so the vines can spill over the sides. A teepee-style trellis allows you to grow these plants in a regular planter and train them to grow upward instead of downward. Wooden dowels, bamboo poles, or 1-by-1 pieces of wood are all readily available and suitable for creating an attractive teepee support for your houseplants.

Step 1

Measure the depth of the planter you are trellising. Add this measurement to the measurement of the desired height for the trellis. The sum of these numbers is the height necessary for your teepee poles. Generally, the teepee should be no more than two times as tall as the planter or it may become top heavy and fall over. If your planter is 12 inches deep and you want the trellis to be 24 inches high, your poles must be 36 inches long.

Step 2

Cut the poles to the length required with a handsaw or electric saw. Sand the tops of the poles until they are smooth if they are rough on both ends after cutting.

Step 3

Insert the poles into the potting soil in the plant's planter, pushing the pole down until it touches the bottom of the planter. Space three poles at an equal distance apart around the rim of the planter.

Step 4

Gather the tops of the poles together. Tie them together securely with gardening twine then trim off the ends of the twine.

Step 5

Wrap the vines clockwise around the poles of the teepee. Tie vines loosely to the poles with plant ties. The ties support the vines until they begin winding and climbing the poles on their own.

Tips and Warnings

  • When possible, insert the teepee into the planter before sowing the plants. Inserting the teepee once the plants are established may sever the plant's roots and damage the plant.

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring tape
  • Saw
  • Poles
  • Twine
  • Plant ties


  • University of Minnesota Extension: Staking, Supporting and Training Plants
Keywords: houseplant teepee trellis, suporting indoor vines, indoor trellis design

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.