When looking for the perfect plants for your home, you might focus on those that are placed in pots because you can easily scatter them around the house, near your windows, or on the ground.
Don’t, however, dismiss the beauty of climbing houseplants. You might think they are hard to maintain or need a lot of space and attention but that’s not necessarily the case.
In the following article, we’re going to present ten beautiful and easy-to-maintain climbing houseplants you can add to your living space right now. We’ll also talk about how to take care of them properly and enjoy them all year round. Let’s begin.
Our Picks for the Best Climbing Houseplants
While there are many climbing houseplants out there, we tried to gather some of the most striking and popular ones. Let’s take a look at them!
1. Swiss Cheese Plant
This plant gets its name because of its large holes, called fenestrations, on its glossy dark leaves. It is a climbing plant, so if you don’t want it to become too large for your small living space you’ll have to prune it. Or, you can keep it in a container as this will cause it to remain small and compact.
The Swiss Cheese Plant typically grows up to between three and eight feet (0.9-2.4 meters) tall and between one and three feet (0.3-0.9meters) wide, so it will make a beautiful statement in your home.
Store it in bright, indirect light, and ensure that its potting mix remains moist. You should water it when the surface inch (2.54cm) of its soil feels dry. The Swiss Cheese Plant thrives in 50% humidity, so the ideal room for it is the kitchen or bathroom. If your home doesn’t provide this amount of humidity or you want to keep it in a different room, consider misting the plant or using a humidifier to bring more moisture to the air.
The sweet smell of jasmine flowers should encourage you to plant this climbing plant in an area of the home where you sit and socialize, as you will love its scent. These climbers can bloom in yellow, white, pink, or red flowers. Ensure that you choose a hardier variety that is strong enough to climb up a wall, although you might need wires to provide them with more support.
Jasmine varieties that bloom in summer, such as Jasminum officinale, will work well to cover walls or structures such as archways. They need a sunny yet sheltered area in which to thrive. Another good variety is winter jasmine, which is hardy and can be trained to grow up a wall. It, too, requires sunny or partial-shade conditions. This type of jasmine can grow to a height of between 10 and 15 feet (3-4.6 meters).
Make sure you give your jasmine enough water when it’s growing in the hotter months of the year. In fact, water it multiple times per week. Note that vining jasmine is prone to pests such as spider mites, but you can easily and safely eliminate these with the use of neem oil.
3. Devil’s Ivy
Devil’s Ivy is a tropical, hardy plant that looks gorgeous with its glossy, heart-shaped green leaves. In tropical rainforests, Devil’s Ivy prefers to grow on trees, but the plant you’ll purchase from a nursery will usually be sold as a hanging or climbing plant. It looks fantastic in hanging plants, especially because of how it’s variegated in yellow and green.
It also grows in all directions, so it will bring a burst of greenery to your home. When the plant starts to grow and creep upwards, you should support it with a stake so that you promote its growth.
To care for Devil’s Ivy, you should give it quality, well-draining potting soil, but it’s not picky. Keep your plant near a sunny spot, such as a window, so that it gets enough light to thrive. Water Devil’s Ivy once a week. Although it prefers moist soil, you shouldn’t let the soil become soggy as this promotes fungal diseases. When keeping Devil’s Ivy in containers or hanging baskets, ensure they have drainage holes at the bottom.
4. Heartleaf Philodendron
Heartleaf Philodendron can reach up to 20 feet (6 meters) in height, but it doesn’t spread. It’s a beautiful plant that displays glossy, heart-shaped leaves. The leaves themselves can be as large as 11 inches (30cm).
It will grow beautifully in hanging baskets or you could let it climb up a trellis. You could also let it trail across the floor, which is perfect for adding a bit of drama to your interior design.
To ensure you keep your Heartleaf Philodendron happy, don’t give it too much water. You should top up on its water when the first few inches (5-10cm) of its surface soil become dry. The plant wants bright, indirect light but it will tolerate areas of the home where you have low light. If it’s an area of the home that has dry air, make sure you give it extra humidity – you can use a humidifier or mist it regularly.
5. Creeping Fig
With its overlapping leaves, the Creeping Fig produces a gorgeous blanket of color that makes walls and trellises come alive. This plant is a vigorous climber, so it’s great to add to your home when you want to fill up a bare spot.
Ideally, you should plant it during the fall. It will grow faster as it reaches maturity, with a maximum height of 15 feet (4.6 meters). It can also reach between three and six feet (0.9-1.8meters) in width.
This plant doesn’t want too much light and grows best when it gets around six to eight hours of indirect, diffused light. Well-draining potting mix is suitable, but don’t let the soil get too moist. Water your Creeping Fig once a week during its growing season. Reduce how much you water it in the fall and winter because this is when the plant will enter a dormant state.
Creeping Figs want temperatures that are between 65 and 85 °F (18-29.4°C). Keep them in a humid area of the home.
6. Arrowhead Plant
True to its name, the Arrowhead Plant has spade-shaped leaves that can be dark green to lime in color, although some varieties display pink tones. When your plant matures, its leaves become larger and its stems start to trail or climb.
The plant leaves tend to take on different shapes as it matures. So, while the leaves will be in an arrowhead shape when the plant is young, as it grows they will become finger-like. The Arrowhead plant wants medium or bright light but it can tolerate low-light conditions. Avoid keeping it in direct light.
You should only water your Arrowhead plant when its soil has dried. However, give it extra humidity, such as by placing a pebble tray underneath it. Its soil should be moist but well-draining.
Although it can grow up to between three and six feet (0.9-1.8 meters) in height and between one and two feet (0.3-0.6 meters) in width, you can keep it small and compact by snipping off its climbing stems. This will make it dense and bushy.
7. String Of Pearls
This type of houseplant is a beautiful, unique climbing plant with green, small, and round leaves that look like pearls, growing on trailing stems. By keeping a String of Pearls planted in a hanging basket, it will spill over the sides in a charming fashion.
Since it’s a smaller climbing plant, it’s great for tiny places, because it can grow up to between one and two feet (0.3-0.6 meters) tall and wide. Whatever you decide to do with it, make sure that your String of Pearls is in an area of the home that gets direct sunlight during the mornings and indirect light in the afternoons. This will protect it from the harsh, scorching sun.
This plant works well when fed a cactus potting mix, but ensure you keep its soil moist in spring and summer. When the weather cools, scale back on how regularly you water it.
8. Black-Eyed Susan
The Black-Eyed Susan vine is wonderful because it grows vertically and bursts in beautiful blooms that are bright in color. However, it’s more of a rambler than other vines because it grows up in a spiral instead of clinging or producing its own tendrils to assist its growth. It’s perfect for narrow, tall areas of the home that require a bit of a makeover.
This plant has oval, heart-shaped, or triangular leaves that can be up to three inches (7.62cm) in size. Its flowers are approximately one-and-a-half inches (3.81cm) in width and are brightly colored in yellow or orange tones.
To make the most of its vertical growth, you should grow Black-Eyed Susan vines on trellises that offer it support. This can also be used to produce a green wall in the home. Or, plant the vine in a large pot – it will spill over the sides and look beautiful when it blooms. Caring for the Black-Eyed Susan vine is easy. It grows well in moist soil and wants full-sun conditions.
9. Angel Wing Jasmine
Angel Wing Jasmine is a climbing plant that displays stunning white flowers that look like large stars, which adds instant beauty to your living space. It grows as a shrub that reaches approximately five feet (1.5m) in height. It has twining stems that can be up to 10 feet (3 meters) in length. It also spreads to between eight and 13 feet (2.5-4 meters).
If you don’t want to keep Angel Wing jasmine in a hanging basket, place it near a window, but make sure you provide support for it so that it will be able to grow.
Angel Wing jasmine needs partial sun so that it will thrive. Keep it cool with well-circulating air and maintain an indoor temperature of between 60 to 75°F (15-24°C). The soil you use for this plant should be moist without being soggy. You can add peat or bark to the soil so that you encourage better drainage. Let its soil dry out between waterings.
10. Passion Flower
Most varieties of the Passion Flower are prostrate or climbing vines and they have grasping tendrils. This plant has striking blossoms that are marked with white and purple stripes. The flowers have daisy-like petals and contain burgundy and yellow in the center.
You can grow this climbing plant on a trellis or in pots. It can reach a height of between 10 and 30 feet (3-9 meters) tall and a width of between three and six feet (0.9-1.8 meters), so you have to ensure you accommodate its maximum size.
Keep your passion flower in a large pot next to a window that receives bright light. It requires rich potting soil and you should keep it moist without giving it too much water.
Bring more texture and color to your home, whether in the form of overflowing hanging baskets or a green wall, by planting climbing houseplants.
In this article, we’ve provided you with 10 beautiful climbing houseplants that are worth adding to your home, whether you want stunning blooms, trailing plants, or large potted plants that spill over their containers. We hope you found your next favorite plant among our choices.