Vines are at their best when they’re allowed to climb and cascade over supports as they would in their natural habitats. A well-supported vine suspended near a window or other light source can soften the hard edges of any office and transform a bedroom into a mysterious jungle. Training plants upward using string can also maximize your growing area in small spaces. Stringing a vine requires a little planning and a few items of hardware, but the work is well worth the reward of a thriving securely attached vine.
Place the vine in a pot large enough to give it room to grow for a long period of time. Remember it will be difficult to move or re-pot the vine without pruning back much of its lush growth.
Locate the pot near a sunny window or artificial light source, in a place where it won’t need to be moved for cleaning or maintenance.
Cut three pieces of bailing wire into 8-inch to 1-foot lengths with the wire cutters. Bend each piece of wire in half to make a long pin. Lay the pins on a flat surface and bend the bottom inch of each pin slightly upward.
Use the scissors to cut three pieces of nylon string long enough to reach from the surface of the soil in the pot up to the ceiling.
Tie one end of each string to the curved end of one of the three pins using a square knot. Space the pins 2 to 6 inches apart and press them deeply into the soil at the edge of the pot.
Install three eye screws, spaced 3 to 8 inches apart, on the ceiling or on a wall above the plant. Take up any slack in the string and tie the loose ends of the nylon string to the eye screws. Wind your vines around these supports to get them started and then train them, as necessary, onto the strings.
Add lateral strings by tying more pieces of nylon string through the eye screws and stretching them parallel to the floor for up to 6 feet. Install an eye screw at the end of each 6-foot run and attach the string end using a square knot.
Things You Will Need
- Nylon string
- Bailing wire
- Wire cutters
- 1/2-inch eye hooks
- Consider using heavy duty eye screws and airplane cable instead of string to train large, heavy vines, such as monstera or split leaf philodendron.
- Place your vine where it can grow toward filtered light from windows or fluorescent light bulbs.
- Cut back your vine when it is time to re-pot and use the cuttings to start new plants.
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