Climbing aids for indoor plants are an indispensable aid to help potted plants thrive and to give them a stable stand. A plant support is therefore an important part of the plant accessories. There are a variety of products on the market that are suitable for different types of plants and differ in terms of material and size. A trellis can be a useful tool for climbing plants to control plant growth, improve stability and encourage attractive habit. Find out here what options there are when choosing the right climbing aids for indoor plants and how you can successfully support your plants!
Why do climbing indoor plants need a trellis?
Houseplants need climbing aids to control their direction of growth and to promote an upright growth habit. Without a climbing aid, the plants can tend to grow uncontrollably in different directions - this often doesn't look nice and can even cause them to tip over.
A trellis offers the plant a stable and upright support on which it can grow upwards. Most climbing indoor plants also have small adhesive roots (aerial roots) or tendrils that can wind around the climbing aids.
This is how you find the right climbing aid for indoor plants
But how can you best support your houseplant in growing and how can you best steer its growth direction? How do you find the most suitable type of climbing aid for your green plants?
The most popular product: coconut stick
A coconut stick is a long, cylindrical stick made of coconut fiber. They are often used for climbing indoor plants such as monstera, philodendron or ivy. It provides a stable and natural support for the plant to encourage natural growth, while still being a fairly cheap option. The plant wraps its shoots around the plant stake and can then use it to grow upwards.
To use coconut sticks, simply insert them into the pot and press them into the ground so that they are firm and stable. The plants can then be carefully wrapped around the stakes.
A moss stick for indoor plants is a special type of trellis consisting of a stick wrapped in moss. The moss stick is a natural and eco-friendly option for climbing indoor plants and is often used as an alternative to coir sticks or plastic sticks.
The moss stick provides a better way for the plant to hold onto it and climb up. The great thing: You can spray this plant stake with water and liquid fertilizer. The plant is well supplied with the adhesive roots.
Another benefit of the moss stick is that it is easy to bend into shape. The stick can be bent, twisted or shortened to suit the needs of the plant.
However, there are also some disadvantages to consider when using moss sticks. For one, the moss can be susceptible to mold and fungus, especially if kept too moist. Another disadvantage is that moss sticks are usually not as durable as sticks made from coconut fiber. The material can fall off or degrade over time, meaning the wand will need to be replaced or renewed on a regular basis.
Metal climbing aid - trellis and Co.
Metal trellises are a popular option for climbing plants because they tend to be very durable and visually appealing. They are very stable and can hold heavy climbing plants without breaking or tipping over. They come in many different shapes and sizes, giving you a decorative choice - such as trellis or spirals. But metal trellis can be more expensive compared to other materials. An alternative is a plastic climbing aid. In general, the disadvantage compared to natural materials is that plants cannot adhere to them so well.
Climbing aids for the Monstera
Most Monstera species need climbing aids:
Monstera deliciosa: This Monstera species is one of the most well-known species. It can get very large and usually needs a trellis to grow well. The climbing aid should be offered at the latest from the stage of the second or third leaf.
Monstera adansonii and Monstera obliqua: These species have smaller leaves than Monstera deliciosa, which is why they grow climbing or hanging.
Build your own Monstera trellis with moss
There are many creative and easy ways to build climbing aids yourself.
DIY Moss Stick: Wrap moss around a thin wooden or bamboo stick and secure with wire or twine. The plant can then grow around and along the moss stick. There are also plastic rods, for example from the 3D printer, which can be filled with natural materials.
Wooden trellis: Use a natural piece of wood and attach it to a pot with string or wire. The plant can then grow around the wood and climb along it.
Properly attach climbing indoor plants such as philodendrons and let them climb
There are several methods of tying down plants. A cord or string is ideal for tying the plant's shoots to the climbing aid. Cable ties or clips can also be used to tie it down. It is important that the plant is not tied too tightly so as not to damage it.
The right care for your climbing plant: Efeutute, Monstera dubia and Co.
Caring for climbing plants can be a bit more challenging than other houseplants. Here are some tips to keep your climbing plants healthy and happy:
Light: Climbing plants generally need bright, indirect light to grow well. However, avoid direct sunlight as this can burn the leaves.
Watering: Climbing plants don't like waterlogged soil, but they don't like it too dry either. Water your plant regularly, but allow the top layer of soil to dry slightly between waterings.
Humidity: Many climbing plants come from tropical regions and therefore need higher humidity. Therefore, spray the leaf mass of your plant regularly with water and, if necessary, add a foliar fertilizer to ensure better plant growth.
Fertilization: Climbing plants need regular fertilization to stay healthy and grow.
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