How to Train a Philodendron to Climb a Trellis


Philodendron is a common house vining house plant. It is known for its bright green foliage of fiddle-shaped leaves. Philodendron has aerial roots that will attach to a support system such as a trellis. Training philodendron to climb a trellis is simple since this vine will naturally creep along any surface. Using a trellis to allow the the vine to climb vertically will allow larger leaves to grow.

Step 1

Place the moss pole into the flower pot so that it stands upright. Add potting soil to fill the pot halfway.

Step 2

Pack sphagnum moss around the pole. Place the plant in the pot and fill the pot with soil

Step 3

Attach the vines to the moss pole using plant wire made into the shape of a hairpin.

Step 4

Mist the plant directly every day with water from your spray bottle. Keeping the vine moist will promote the growth of new aerial roots that will attach to the moss pole.

Things You'll Need

  • Moss pole
  • Large flower pot
  • Potting soil
  • Sphagnum moss
  • Philodendron plant
  • Plant wire
  • Small spray bottle


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Currently residing in Myrtle Beach, SC, Tammy Curry began writing agricultural and frugal living articles in 2004. Her articles have appeared in the Mid-Atlantic Farm Chronicle and Country Family Magazine. Ms. Curry has also written SEO articles for She holds an associate's degree in science from Jefferson College of Health Sciences.