Vines are usually found outdoors, climbing up the sides of houses, fences or garden arches, but vines can be used for indoor decoration as well. When properly grown, vines will spread around windows and doorways just as they would outside. Growing vines indoors can be somewhat more challenging than growing them outside, but with the right type of vine and the proper care they can still thrive.
Choose vines that are the most effective at growing indoors. Jasmine is a type of vine with a strong scent that does well inside if it gets at least four hours of direct sunlight per day and is kept moist at all times. Lipstick vines are good indoor plants that thrive in temperatures between 60 and 85 degrees and prefer indirect sunlight, making them ideal for a bright room that gets no direct sun.
Propagate vines from cuttings if you have outdoor vines on your property. Cut a 3 to 6 inch piece from any healthy stem and plant in a mixture of peat moss and perlite. Place the planter in a sealed plastic bag and keep warm in indirect sunlight or under grow lights.
Plant a vine that you would like to spread around a window right beside the window in a planter on the wall or floor. Train the vines to crawl up and around the windows making a path of string or hooks around the window frame. The vine will grab onto these devices and, once it reaches the curtain rod, it can be wrapped around the rod.
Use vines the same way in doorways that have no doors. Vines can be trained to grow around the doorways and arches when planted on the floor or a shelf beside the doorway. Attach trellises or string to the wall for the wines to climb up and across.
Place planters on the mantel over a fireplace and allow the vine to flow off of the mantel or on shelves. Provide with trellis around the fireplace or string to allow to grow upward around the fireplace.
Things You Will Need
- Peat moss
- Wall shelf
- Fertilize indoor vines every 1 to 2 weeks. Use extra nitrogen fertilizer when the ivy is flowering.
- Winter-growing jasmine does well in cooler temperatures between 40 and 50 degrees. They must have some exposure to cold temperatures to bloom, making them ineffective indoor plants.
- Place rocks in the drainage dish of the planter to hold in the water and add moisture to the roots.