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How to use an indoor trellis

Bring climbing plants into your home with a little support from a trellis.

If you’ve ever tried to coax a climbing plant, such as ivy or wisteria, across your garden fence or exterior walls, you’ll be more than familiar with the trusty trellis. But did you know this simple wooden lattice can be used to great effect in a conservatory and even inside the home?

Bringing the outside in

The trellis was invented in the 12th century by French farmers as a practical way to support heavy vines. But the structure took on a more decorative role, when it was later adopted by European architects and designers, as a device to bring the beauty of the garden, indoors.

Conservatory climber

For a French-inspired conservatory, cover an entire wall in whitewashed wooden latticework – the perfect backdrop for wisteria. The wood can be picked up fairly cheaply from a timber merchant. Hire a carpenter if you don’t feel confident attempting this yourself.

Rustic and recycled

Re-use an old window frame or whitewash a piece of old garden trellis for a touch of vintage chic. Ivy is a versatile climber that works well with this look.

Apartment chic

If wall space is at a premium, such as in a one-bedroom flat, a simple, tall, narrow trellis is an elegant way to incorporate climbing plants into a tiny space.

DIY wooden trellis planter

If you’ve got the will – and the carpentry skills – have a go at creating your own trellis planter. Use quality timber, such as cedar or redwood, to build a durable planter or reuse planks from an old pallet for a shabby chic look.

The art lover’s trellis

Fancy something a little different? If you love Modernist design, why not invest in the Tumbleweed trellis? Possibly the most stylish and avant-guard trellis we have ever clapped eyes on, Tumbleweed is the ultimate climbing-plant centerpiece for the home.

Like his predecessors, Parisian architect Jean-Jaques Hubert had the same vision of bringing the charm of the garden inside. The basket-like forms have been designed to maximize the amount of surface area to house vegetation. He suggests growing climbers, such as ivy and honeysuckle, fruiting shrubs, such as raspberry and currant or perfumed flowers, such as jasmine and wisteria.

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If you’ve ever tried to coax a climbing plant, such as ivy or wisteria, across your garden fence or exter

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.