How to Support a Plant Vine


Whether grown indoors or out, vine plants allow you to extend your gardens upward. There is no need for tall, high-maintenance plants or decorative screening. Instead, plant vines and support them properly, turning them into living privacy screens or adding striking greenery to a bare area. Supporting vines, whether they are ornamental ivy or edible bean plants, ensures they grow upright and avoids breakage caused when they sprawl. Many methods exist to properly support a vine, depending on your desired look and what you have available.

Step 1

Install a trellis or plant vines near a fence if using the vines as an ornamental or privacy screen. Plant within 3 inches of the base of the support to the plants do not have far to grow before they begin climbing.

Step 2

Use bamboo poles for support in pots or in the garden. Drive a single pole into a pot until the bottom of the pole hits the bottom of the pot. In the garden, lash the tops of three poles together with twine then spread open the bottom to form a tepee for the vines to grow along.

Step 3

Verify the type of vine you have and how it clings to its supports. Ivy and similar vines can adhere to any type of support via suckers, but vinyl, plastic or stonework is preferred because the suckers can lead to moisture build-up and rot on wood. Use poles, strings or trellises for tendril or twining vines like morning glory, as they must have a narrow support they can wrap around.

Step 4

Guide tendril and twining vines onto the support once the plant has grown long enough. Wrap the vine or tendrils clockwise around the support two to three times until they begin climbing it on their own. Plant sucker vines within 3 inches of the their support so they can find it and begin climbing it on their own.

Step 5

Pinch of the top of a vine when it reaches the top of its support. This encourages branching and prevents further vertical growth.

Things You'll Need

  • Trellis
  • Bamboo poles
  • Twine


  • Purdue Extension Office: Annual and Perennial Vines
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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.