Bold and graphic indoor vines are an easygoing and easy growing style that’s here to stay, thanks to design trends like Bohemian Chic and Coastal Cottage, and Pantone’s 2017 Color of the Year, greenery, a refreshing yellow-green that invigorates modern and minimalistic dwellings.
You can’t go wrong when you decorate your home with trailing house plants like ivy and pothos. Park them on shelves and let them do their thing, sending out shoots that will cascade over edges, across the shelves, over door frames and across the room. It’s a look that adds whimsy and completes your space.
Our top 6 picks for indoor vines:
The heart-shaped leaves of pothos grow along stems that never seem to end. Give this houseplant indirect light, and water only when it dries out. Trim the plant for a bushy shape because once it sends out long stems, it can lose that full look. It’s hardy to 30 degrees Fahrenheit, so it can have quality outdoor time, too.
2. English Ivy
Spade-shaped leaves and variegation are the hallmarks of this quick grower. Ivy likes moist soil and consistent, but not too-warm temperatures. This plant can handle less light, but keep in mind that the color of the leaves will change.
3. Burro’s Tail
Sometimes called donkey’s tail, burro’s tail is a sedum with waxy bright green laves that trail in thick rope-like clusters. It is seen frequently in head-shaped planters due to its resemblance to braided hair. Like other succulents, burro’s tail likes to keep its feet dry in a room with diffuse light.
4. Purple Heart, or Tradescantia pallida
Known for its green heart-shaped leaves with purple and silver stripes, this plant offers outrageous color and easy propagation.
5. Creeping fig
This tiny ficus sends out bright green papery leaves that become thick and waxy over time. Give this prolific grower indirect light and occasional watering.
6. String of Pearls
This fleshy, trailing succulent has slender stems with round leaves that look like a string of pearls. This plant is an ideal accent for mixed containers, hanging baskets and as a striking houseplant for brightly lit areas.
Tips for growing indoor vines:
- Water when the soil feels dry. Overwatering kills plants.
- Let the vines cascade from shelves or across side tables, or in a sunny window. Alternatively, trellis vines and let them climb along window and door frames, or train them to climb a chain.
- Feed indoor plants once a month with a liquid fertilizer.
- Most indoor vines need a minimum of four hours of sunlight a day. Read the plant tag to determine your plant’s needs. It may take a few tries around your home before you find the right light for your plants.
- If your plant isn’t thriving, it may be time to repot. Follow our how-to for best practices when repotting house plants.
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