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Indoor Trellis Ideas: How To Trellis A Houseplant

If you want to transform a hanging plant into one that grows on an indoor trellis, there are a few

different ways that you can do this to keep vines contained more neatly. Among the types of trellis you can make are tee pees, ladder-type trellises and powder coated racks that you can insert into your pot.

How to Trellis a Houseplant

Houseplant trellising can be a fun and new way to grow and display your houseplants. Let’s explore a few different types.

Tee Pee Trellis

You can use bamboo stakes to make a tee pee for your indoor potted plants. Simply take bamboo

stakes and cut them so that they are about twice the height of your pot. You can go a little bigger, but keep in mind that unless your pot is heavy, it will eventually become top-heavy and can fall over.

Fill your pot with soil and give it a good watering and press the soil down a bit. Insert the bamboo stakes equally around the perimeter of the pot and angle each one so that the end not in the pot is approximately over the center.

Tie the top end of the bamboo stakes with string. Be sure to wrap the string around several times to make sure it is secure.

Finally, plant your houseplant in the pot. As the vines grow, loosely tie them to the trellis. You can also add a trellis to an existing pot that already has a plant growing in it, but keep in mind that you may be damaging the roots this way.

Ladder Trellis

To create a ladder houseplant trellis, you can use bamboo stakes, or even branches that you collect outside. You’ll need two longer pieces of staking or branches that are about 1 to 3 feet long (approximately 30-91 cm.). These will act as the two vertical stakes of your ladder. Again, you don’t want it too big; otherwise, your plant may fall over easily.

Determine how far apart these two vertical pieces will be positioned in the pot. Then cut numerous stakes or branches that will serve as the horizontal rungs of your ladder trellis. Position one rung for every 4 to 6 inches (10-15 cm.) or so of the vertical stakes. You’ll want the horizontal stakes to extend 1 to 2 inches (2.5-5 cm.) outside of the vertical stakes so that you can easily secure them.

Attach all horizontal pieces with a small nail. If it is too difficult to place a nail through, simply wrap twine and securely tie each rung. Wrap the garden twine in an X pattern for security.

Finally, insert into the pot and train your plant to grow up the ladder trellis similar to what was discussed in the tee pee section above.

Wire Trellises

If you don’t want to construct anything yourself, there are numerous powder-coated wire trellises that can simply be inserted into your pots. They come in various shapes such as rectangles, circles, and others.

Or use your imagination and come up with another kind of trellis for potted plants! The possibilities are endless.

There are a few different ways that you use a trellis indoors to keep vines contained more neatly. Among the types of trellis you can make are tee pees, ladder-type trellises and powder coated racks that you can insert into your pot. Learn more in this article.

How to Make a Trellis for a Houseplant

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Creating trellises for your houseplants gives them support and lets each one send its branches up, into and around the trellis, instead of spilling out over the sides of their pots and planters. This can give your plants a whole new look while keeping their branches from sprawling down and overtaking the areas around them. A simple tipi-type trellis is easy to make and will give any of your plants more vertical interest, while confining them to a smaller area.

Measure the height of your pot. This provides you with a gauge for figuring the length of your bamboo stakes.

Cut the bamboo stakes to double the height of the pot, using a sharp knife to get a clean edge. By limiting the height of the stakes, you will keep your plant from becoming top heavy, a problem that can eventually cause the plant to tip over.

Fill the container with potting soil, water it lightly and press it down firmly to create a solid base. Stop when the soil is about an inch from the top of the pot.

Measure three places around the edge of the pot at an equal distance from one another. Mark them with light pencil marks on the rim of the pot, which can be rubbed off when you’re done.

Insert a bamboo stake by the first mark. Angle the stake so that one end reaches the bottom of the pot and the other end is over the center. Repeat this procedure for each of the other two stakes, so that they all converge above the center of the pot.

Gather the ends of the three bamboo stakes and hold them so they all meet and cross one another near the ends. Allow some of each stake to continue on past the point where they all touch.

Wrap the junction point several times with string. Tie it securely so that the stakes are held firmly in place. Cut off the excess.

Plant your houseplant in the center of the pot, digging a hole of appropriate size and filling in around it so that the plant is well-seated.

Train the plant to grow on the trellis by gently tying long branches to the arms of the trellis. Continue training as your plant grows, to encourage it to grow where you want it.

How to Make a Trellis for a Houseplant. Creating trellises for your houseplants gives them support and lets each one send its branches up, into and around the trellis, instead of spilling out over the sides of their pots and planters. This can give your plants a whole new look while keeping their branches from … ]]>