Types of Indoor Climbing Plants

Updated November 21, 2016

Climbing plants in the garden are very difficult to control. With their ability to climb up and over other plants, they may smother garden vegetation or become invasive. Choose indoor climbing plants instead, growing them as houseplants so you can exercise more control over their spreading, vining growth habits.


Climbing plants need a support system when grown indoors, or you may place them up high so the foliage will cascade downward. Provide plants with a warm, sunny location and provide them with regular water to keep them healthy. Gently prune away dead and dying leaves to keep climbing plants looking good, and to prevent problems from spreading.


Fatshedera (X) lizei, more commonly known as tree ivy, is a cross of the Japanese fatsia and Irish ivy. Its foliage strongly resembles that of ivy, and it is a climbing plant, but fatshedera also exhibits bushy, shrublike growth. When planted outdoors it will grow up, then back down, again and again to create a dense mat of foliage. The hedera, or ivy, plant family contains many species of climbing plants that may be grown indoors. Propagate ivy plants from cuttings.

House Plants

The wax plant, Hoya, is easy to grow in containers and popular as house plants because of their attractive foliage. When pinched back, wax plants will display bushy growth, but if they have support they become climbers. Wax plants go through normal winter dormancy even when grown indoors, so do not be alarmed when they die back in fall. Philodendrons make good house plants because they are very hardy to dust and dry air conditions that are common with indoor environments. Philodendron species are available in climbing and non-climbing types, but even non-climbing species need support because the bushy growth gets very heavy.


Devil's ivy, Scindapus, isn't ivy despite its name. Devil's ivy, also known as pothos, is climbing vine. Arrowhead vine, Syngonium, grow quickly and stay hardy even in poor growing conditions. Propagate climbing vines from stem cuttings taken from existing, healthy plants.

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