Climbing and Trailing Plants

Climbers and Trailing Plants

Which climbing and trailing plants would you like to grow as house plants? Here is a selection to suit everyone's requirements with advice about caring, description of plant and for some species - where to buy.

Swiss Cheese Plant - Monstera Deliciosa

Swiss Cheese Plant

The Monstera deliciosa is a species that attaches it self to trees in its natural rain forest habitat. This environment can be provided with a moss stick and other conditions. These enjoy shaded areas away from direct sunlight, warmth and humidity to grow well indoors.

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Donkeys Tail Plant - Sedum Morganianum

Picture of Donkey's tail

The Donkeys tail is a perfect plant suited for hanging baskets because of its trailing nature. This is a succulent from the Sedum genus. Be sure to not overwater, especially during winter (this can end up killing the plant). Most other growing conditions are easy enough to provide.

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Heartleaf - Philodendron Scandens

Climbing philodendron with other plants

The Heartleaf philodendron is named so because of its heart shaped leaves. You may grow this trailing or climbing, although I reckon they look much better climbing on a moss stick than hanging (others like them trailing). Growing conditions in most homes are easy to care for the Heartleaf.

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Golden Pothos - Epipremnum Aureum

Golden Pothos

This species is another climbing type plant with aerial roots that attach themselves to trees. In the UK it's knows as devils ivy. If you have any pets that enjoy chewing leaves, then you may want to avoid this plant because of its toxicity. While young and small in size its fine displayed in a pot on a shelf and then when it matures a moss stick is best suited to encourage climbing growth.

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Arrowhead Plant - Syngonium Podophyllum

Arrowhead plant with purple background

Similar species to the Heartleaf philodendron in terms of how its leaves look, care needs, and it's from the same plant family. The beauty of the Arrowhead is it can be displayed and grown as a bushy plant when pruned or it can be grown climbing. Many growers keep them small and bushy. Give them a go climbing a moss's fun and leaves change shape when the plant matures.

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Creeping Fig - Ficus Pumila

Creeping Fig

The creeping fig does just this well...creeps everywhere. Displaying very small heart shaped leaves on twiggy type stems suited for hanging baskets, climbing a trellis or moss stick. You see these outside homes (especially in the UK) crawling the walls of cottages and it is just so beautiful and traditional. Very easy to grow and tolerates low lighting and colder conditions.

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