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You cannot go wrong with vining plants when looking for a perfect houseplant. You find different vining plants in all sizes and shapes, each with its temperament. So you get the finicky string of pearls to the easy-going Pothos.
We know there is a plant on our list to fill your space. You can train your climbing vine to trail up a moss pole or trellis. The best part is you can even find flowering vines gifting you with gorgeous blooms.
Vining plants look great in hanging baskets or a pot on a bookshelf to brighten the living space. So, please choose one from our list to give your home a tropical lift.
The Best Climbers to Add Vertical Color To The Home
Growing flowering vines outdoors creates a visually appealing landscape to cover ugly posts or bare walls. But you can place your perennial vine indoors to decorate an ugly wall or give a corner some color.
Here you can find a tropical vine that thrives from a summer garden to your living space.
Pothos Are Eye-Catching Vines
Who does not know Pothos or the fancier name Epipremnum aureum? It is every gardener’s favorite, known as the low-maintenance houseplant. It is an excellent choice for growing in containers with its evergreen color.
The climber is a fast-growing vine with minimal upkeep and is not picky about its growing conditions. You only need to prune it to control its shape and size. Provide Pothos with sturdy support with low to bright indirect light to thrive.
You only need to water when you feel the soil dry, and it can grow up to 12 feet long. While it does not bloom fragrant flowers, the foliage color makes up for it. Also, note that it is toxic to pets.
Still, if grown under the right conditions and it reaches a mature age, it blooms erect flower stalks with a cream spathe with purple markings on the spadix.
Heartleaf Philodendron, a Perennial Vine
Who needs flowering vines if you can attract the attention of all with heart-shaped leaves? Yes, the Philodendron hederaceum or heartleaf philodendron is a popular houseplant vine. This indoor or outdoor plant is low-maintenance and proliferates to add interest to any place.
You can grow the climber in hanging baskets placed on bookshelves to drape the vines. The heartleaf prefers low to bright indirect light and only needs watering when the soil is dry. The mature size is 10 feet long, which is toxic to pets.
Philodendron hederaceum Brasil is a cultivar of the previous species and has light to medium green variegation on the foliage. The care is pretty much the same as the heartleaf philodendron. Nevertheless, while they are flowering vines, they seldom bloom indoors.
The climber does well in most spots but needs well-drained soil to thrive. We recommend providing Brasil with summer-long bright light and afternoon shade for the variegation to stand out.
Then only water you plant when you feel the soil is dry; you can expect it to grow up to 10 feet long. As with all Philodendron vines, they are toxic to pets.
For an uncommon vining plant with deep green to maroon velvety leaves, the Philodendron micans are sure to catch the attention. They proliferate under the right growing conditions.
You can train your plant to climb a moss pole or trellis or place them in a hanging basket. Pruning your plant is easy to keep it in shape. This fast grower loves medium to bright indirect sunlight and prefers the soil dry before watering.
The mature size is up to 5 feet long; unfortunately, it is toxic to pets.
Rhaphidophora tetrasperma @flickr
While the Rhaphidophora tetrasperma looks like a Monstera variety hence the name, it is not part of the Monstera genus. Still, the growth and care are similar, but it is smaller than your Monstera deliciosa.
Hence this climber is ideal for small rooms to apartments to control. It has a climbing growth habit but grows upwards and will need a trellis or some support to grow a few feet. So, provide some full sun in the morning with partial shade in the afternoon.
Also, feel the soil if it is dry before watering. It is another toxic plant for pets, reaching up to 12 feet tall. It is a flowering vine but seldom blooms indoors. The bloom time is early spring to summer with green-white flowers.
The vining Pothos is not a Pothos but is a variety of the Scindapsus genus. It has large thick leaves with a velvety touch. On the leaves are silver iridescent splotches, and one cannot pass it by at a nursery.
While it is a slow grower, the care requirements are not demanding. It can thrive in different soil types as long as it is well-drained. Place the Satin Pothos in medium to bright indirect light and let the soil dry before watering.
Yes, it is toxic to humans and pets and reaches a mature size of 10 feet long.
Scindapsus pictus ‘Argyraeus’
Scindapsus pictus ‘Argyraeus’ @flickr
This is another variety of Scindapsus smaller than the Satin Pothos, but it proliferates. It has velvety green leaves with silver spots, but the foliage is greener than silver.
The vine maintenance is low as it does not need regular pruning. You can keep these houseplants in medium to bright indirect light and water when the soil is dry. It is also toxic to animals.
The mature size is 5 feet long.
Here is another slow grower with waxy green leaves and a silver hue. Using a moss pole or trellis, you can grow your mature plants in hanging baskets or as a climber.
Still, it is a rare plant, and if you can get your hands on one, it makes for a beautiful addition to the home. The Moonlight prefers full sun in the morning with afternoon shade and water when the soil is dry.
The mature size is 4 feet long and toxic to humans and pets.
For a low-maintenance plant that looks fantastic in the home, nothing comes close to the Monstera. It has an upward growth habit that does well with a moss pole or trellis. When it matures, the aerial roots can attach to the surface to climb.
It is a forgiving plant and suitable for beginner gardeners. The plant can survive in partial shade but prefers some bright light. You can grow the Monstera in most gardens as well in warmer regions as well.
Provide this vine with well-drained soil and keep it moist. The mature size is up to 15 feet long and toxic to humans and pets.
Swiss Cheese Plant
Monstera adansonii, or the Swiss Cheese Plant, is another popular vine to grow indoors. The tropical vine has fenestrated bright green leaves looking like Swiss chees.
It has a climbing growth habit and does not need regular pruning. Yet, you can give them an occasional trim to manage the size. It can grow fast and needs bright to medium light with watering when the soil is dry.
The mature size is 12 feet long, and all parts of the plant are toxic to humans and pets.
monstera peru @flickr
Monstera karstenianum is a rare plant with stunning embossed leaves and a vining growth habit. Peru is not a picky species; it grows fast under the right conditions.
Choose a spot in your home where it can become the focal point to admire all day. It also grows well with other plants in well-drained soil. It thrives in bright indirect light and reaches up to 10 feet tall. It is also toxic to pets and humans.
All it needs is an occasional trimming to control the size.
The String of Pearls
The Senecio rowleyanus are tropical vines that prefer growing in a garden in full sun to partial shade. So, keeping it satisfied inside the home is not always easy.
Still, the string of pearls is a succulent that needs a lot of sun for a few hours a day and only needs watering every few weeks. As a result, it is drought-tolerant perennial in warmer regions.
The vines can reach up to three feet long, which is toxic to humans and pets.
String of pearls, a captivating trailing succulent, isn’t just ideal for hanging planters; it’s also perfect for a face planter, showcasing its unique beauty as it spills over the edges and brightens any space with its elegant, cascading strands.
The String of Hearts
The Ceropegia woodii, or string of hearts, is another beloved yet delicate vine. The semi-succulent has small heart-shaped leaves and is easy to grow.
It looks fabulous in hanging planters as it grows fast. Yet, it thrives in bright indirect light and needs watering when the soil is dry.
The vines can reach up to 12 feet long but are non-toxic, making for a family and pet-friendly plant.
The String of Dolphins
Most gardeners love the Senecio peregrinus, or string of dolphins, similar to the other plants in the genus. It is a vining succulent and true to its name. The leaves resemble jumping dolphins, and it thrives in well-drained soil types.
Provide the string of dolphins with direct sunlight to survive. When you notice the leaves flattening, your plant needs more light. Water your plant more in the growing season and leave the soil to dry between watering.
The vines can grow up to two feet long, which is toxic to humans and pets.
String of Bananas
The Sencio radicans look similar to the string of pearls and string of dolphins, but the leaves are shaped like bananas hence the name. Still, it is a fast-growing vine compared to the others, and caring for it is easier. The perennial vine needs five hours of light daily.
Also, allow the soil to dry between watering. While they are not flowering vines the foliage makes for an interesting display indoors. Grown-in containers as houseplants will add color to your place as the vines hang beautifully over the pot’s side.
String of Turtles
Peperomia prostrata, known as the string of turtles, will capture your visitor’s attention. It is an excellent choice if you want a small vining plant. The string of turtles has small succulent leaves with intricate patterns resembling turtles.
These perennials do well in most lighting conditions, from low to full sun with partial shade. Another added benefit is it is a fast grower and pet-friendly. The stems reach up to two feet long, and you only need to water when the top inch of the soil is dry.
A common yet popular vine plant indoor growing conditions is the Hoya carnosa. The vines reach up to four feet long, suitable for climbing along a trellis. The foliage is waxy and makes for an attractive addition to the home.
Still, this plant prefers being a bit rootbound and can remain in the same pot for a few years. Provide it with full sun to part shade and allow the soil to dry between water. A highlight is that this plant is non-toxic and safe in the home.
Hoya carnosa Compacta
hoya carnosa compacta @flickr
The vine cultivar has twisted waxy leaves resembling ropes. Provide your Compacta with well-drained soil and bright direct sunlight with infrequent watering. It grows slower than most other vines, but the foliage is unique, making it worthwhile.
The vines grow up to 15 inches long and are non-toxic.
Syngonium podophyllum or the arrowhead plant can tolerate low light conditions. You can find some syngonium interesting varieties available.
The young plants will start compact, but when it begins to vine, it looks their best in hanging planters.
Or you can grow it as a climber using a moss pole or other structure. The vines grow six feet long and are toxic to humans and pets.
Tradescantia is a trailing plant that brings color into your home. It is a compact climbing variety with foliage in a dazzling purple-to-green color.
The spiderwort prefers humid to warm conditions with a lot of light. So, give the spiderwort a bright spot with well-drained soil and water when the soil is dry.
The mature size is 12 inches tall and 24 inches wide. It is toxic to humans and pets.
String of Nickels
Here is another similar plant to the string of pearls; the string of nickels is a small vining plant. It has bright green fleshy oval leaves. You find this plant climbing branches and trunks of trees in the wild.
As the string of nickles is an epiphytic plant, it needs well-drained soil with an airy potting mix allowing the roots enough place to breathe. It also sends out tendrils that climb. Provide your vine with bright indirect light and water when the soil is dry.
The vines are 18 inches long and non-toxic.
For a vigorous vining plant and a fast grower, we recommend the English Ivy. It will need pruning regularly to keep it in shape indoors. The best growing conditions are bright indirect light, and the vines can reach 90 feet long.
It is flowering vines with greenish-white flowers but seldom blooms indoors. It also blooms in late fall and not spring. These are fast growers and will need a trellis. Most gardeners grow them as ground cover outdoors.
Also known as Rex Begonia Vine, captivates with its vibrant purple, green, and white variegated leaves. Often paired with moss poles or trellises, its impressive sizable foliage is showcased. Equally enchanting in hanging baskets or pots, ideal for shelf adornment.
Care entails bright, indirect light, moderate watering, and elevated humidity while shielding from direct sun. An impeccable selection to infuse indoor spaces with a burst of lively hues!