Are your houseplants beginning to wander and take over your living space? Or perhaps you want to showcase their vertical growth by creating a unique and eye-catching sculpture? Look no further than a trellis. These open structures not only bring organization to your plant’s vigorous growth but also provide an opportunity to appreciate how your plants would thrive in their natural environment. In this article, we’ll explore the reasons for using a trellis, how to choose the right one, and the steps to successfully trellis your plants.
Reasons for a Trellis
In tropical forests, certain understory plants have evolved to climb taller, upright plants in search of adequate light. They use wrapping tendrils, grasping nubs, or strong aerial roots to cling and climb. Similarly, indoor plants that exhibit climbing habits may require vertical support. A trellis not only keeps the foliage from growing in random directions but also allows you to observe how your plant would naturally grow. Additionally, a trellis brings your plant’s beautiful foliage up to eye level, enabling you to fully appreciate its color and texture. Depending on the trellis you choose, you can even create intriguing visual pieces for your home.
Choosing a Trellis
When selecting a trellis, consider the plant’s growth habit and your desired outcome. Is the trellis solely meant for support, or do you want the plant to conform to the trellis’s shape? Take into account the plant’s size and weight as well. For larger plants like Monstera, it’s crucial to choose a sturdy trellis that can handle the weight of their vines. Alternatively, for plants with strong aerial roots like Monstera, a moss-covered totem might be a better option. These plants will naturally attach themselves to the totem by seeking out the moisture in the moss.
Plants that Climb
Many vining or draping plants are perfect candidates for trellising. Consider plants like Monstera deliciosa, Monstera adansonii, pothos, Philodendron cordatum, hoya, and ivy, among others. While some plants, such as Hoya pubicalyx, are natural climbers and readily cling to a vertical support, others may need gentle assistance to get started.
The easiest way to introduce a trellis to a plant is by starting with a potted plant and adding the trellis to the container. If the plant is still in its plastic grow pot, you may want to repot it into a slightly larger and heavier container to ensure stability. However, if the plant has ample space for new roots, you can skip this step and proceed directly with adding the trellis.
Take Time to Untangle
Before attaching the trellis, take the time to examine the vining foliage and gently untangle each stem. This simple step will make it easier to attach the foliage to the trellis later on.
Set the Trellis
Decide where you want the trellis to sit in relation to the plant. It can be placed in the middle of the pot or slightly to the back, depending on your aesthetic preference and the shape of the plant. Hold the trellis upright and gently push the supporting legs or prongs into the soil as far as they’ll go. You may need to adjust the foliage to ensure the trellis is positioned correctly.
Guide the Plant
To train the plant onto the trellis, lift each stem and maneuver it onto the structure, following the natural curve and direction of growth. Some plants may need additional support, which can be achieved using fishing line, plant ties, or mini clips. Ensure the tying material isn’t too tight, allowing room for the stems to grow.
Caring for Your Trellised Plant
Once your plant is trellised, it’s crucial to provide it with adequate light and moisture. With the foliage now reaching higher and receiving more light, your plant may require more frequent watering. Keep an eye on the soil’s moisture level and adjust your watering schedule accordingly. During the growing season, regular fertilization will promote the growth of new foliage, allowing your plant to fully embrace the trellis.
We’re Here to Help
If you’re looking to enhance your plant’s aesthetic and keep those wayward tendrils in check, a trellis might be the perfect solution. At Ames Farm Center, you can find a wide selection of trellises and plants to suit your needs. Whether you need guidance, have questions, or simply want to delve into the wonderful world of houseplants, our experts are here to assist you. Visit Ames Farm Center today and let your plants reach new heights with a stunning trellis.