How to Grow Vines Indoors

Overview

Vines and trailing houseplants add rich foliage to indoor spaces. The vines drape down from trailing baskets or climb wall trellises from ground planters. Vines range from dainty trailers to long vines covered in large leaves. Primarily grown for their foliage, their care is very similar to that required by the other foliage houseplants you own. Special consideration is necessary to train the vines so they don't overgrow the pot and take over the floor, or become damaged from improper support.

Step 1

Fill a hanging or floor planter with a quality soil-less potting mix. Choose containers with bottom drainage holes and a drip tray. For hanging planters, ensure they are deep enough to plant the root ball to the proper depth, otherwise the weight of trailing vines may uproot them.

Step 2

Plant the vine to the same level in the planter as it is in its nursery pot. Cover with soil so the top of the root ball is even or just beneath the soil surface. Water until it drains from the bottom drainage then add more soil if the water caused the level to drop around the plant.

Step 3

Hang the planter or place it where it receives the light requirements recommended on the plant tag. Many vines are low to medium light plants. Provide four to six hours of indirect sunlight for these and six hours of direct sunlight for high light plants.

Step 4

Provide a structure for the vines to climb if it isn't the trailing variety. Place a plant stake or small planter trellis in the pot with the plant. Lead the young vines onto the trellis or stake at first; they will grow up it naturally once started.

Step 5

Place the plants away from air and heat vents, which will dry out the plants. Check the soil moisture every three to four days and water when the surface just begins to feel dry. Mist the foliage with water in a spray bottle once a week to provide the humidity most vines require.

Step 6

Fertilize once monthly with a liquid houseplant feed. Fertilize only when the plant is growing, usually through spring and summer, and withhold fertilizer when it is dormant in fall and winter.

Tips and Warnings

  • Keep temperatures between 60 and 80 F for most plants. Cooler or warmer will damage or kill them.

Things You'll Need

  • Planter
  • Soil-less potting mix
  • Trellis or stakes
  • Spray bottle
  • Fertilizer

References

  • University of Georgia: Growing Indoor Plants With Success
Keywords: vine houseplants, growing plants inside, caring for vines

About this Author

Jenny Harrington is a freelance writer of more than five years' experience. Her work has appeared in "Dollar Stretcher" and various blogs. Previously, she owned her own business for four years, selling handmade items online, wholesale and via the crafts fair circuit. Her specialties are small business, crafting, decorating and gardening.