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.
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.
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 Potted Plants
Container gardening allows you to grow all your favorite plants indoors, without the need for any outdoor garden space. You can even grow climbing plants, including flowers such as passionflower vines (Passiflora spp.) and crop plants, such as cucumbers (Cucumis sativus) and tomatoes (Solanum lycopersicum). After providing climbing plants with the basic soil, water, fertilizer and lighting needs, you’ll need to provide a trellis to train the plants or they’ll grow all over your house or porch railing. Build a trellis that fits inside the pot so you can easily move the entire plant, if necessary.
Measure the diameter and depth of the pot to determine the appropriate size for the trellis. A trellis that is as wide as half the diameter of the container works well.
Cut two 1-by-1-inch boards to the desired trellis height, about 2 to 3 feet, plus the depth of the container.
Cut 45-degree angle miter cuts on one end of each 1-by-1-inch board to make it easy to drive the trellis into the soil.
Lay the 1-by-1-inch boards on a flat surface, spaced so the distance between the outer edges is half the diameter of the pot.
Cut a piece of lattice to the width needed for the trellis. The length should be about 4 inches shorter than the desired height of the trellis to allow clearance between the soil and the bottom of the lattice. Remember that the lattice is not as long as the 1-by-1-inch boards because the 1-by-1-inch boards have extra length to compensate for the depth of the container.
Line up the lattice with the top edges and sides of the 1-by-1-inch boards and staple the lattice in place through the 1-by-1-inch boards. The bottom of the 1-by-1-inch boards are longer than the lattice to allow for the depth of the container and clearance between the soil and lattice.
Push the trellis down into the soil, positioned about halfway between the center of the container and the container’s edge. Tap the 1-by-1-inch boards with a hammer if you can’t push it in with your hands. Weave the length of the plants into the lattice to begin training the plants.
How to Make a Trellis for Potted Plants. Container gardening allows you to grow all your favorite plants indoors, without the need for any outdoor garden space. You can even grow climbing plants, including flowers such as passionflower vines (Passiflora spp.) and crop plants, such as cucumbers (Cucumis sativus) and …