Whether clinging to your bookshelf or creeping around your kitchen window, indoor vine plants can instantly transform your space into a wild and wonderful playground. There are so many benefits to bringing more plants into your life...
...from the soothing color scheme of velvet greens to the mental health harmony of caring for each tendril and trail, or just the joyous feeling of being around nature – plants make for perfect housemates.
Combined with low maintenance vibes and plenty of visual charm (whether adorning hanging baskets or standing proud at your window) indoor climbing vines can be one of the best green gifts to add to your interior design.
And if you've already followed our guide on how to bring some floral inspiration into your home decor, then these climbing plants will bring those designs to life (literally).
Then let's get started.
How to Grow Climbing Houseplants
Like all house plants, indoor vines need a few of life’s basics in order to survive. A little light, a pot, good fertile soil, and just a little water can go a long way. Each variety of climbing plant is unique and many have their own specific needs to thrive but once you establish a simple care routine, you can up the jungle look and bring a natural breath of beauty to any space.
Indoor climbers can grow wild – with tendrils and trails leading to all kinds of directions. Some people adore the unruly nature of the vines but for those who want to establish a little order, you can train your vines to grow in a trellis or invest in a pair of pruning scissors to keep things neat and tidy.
Tips For Taking Care of Your Indoor Vines
One of the best reasons to select indoor climbers and vines is because they don’t require a glut of golden bright light in order to grow. Many indoor vine plants work well in low light or shade although they will also do well when placed in bright and sunny rooms.
Pro Tip: Never change up the lighting suddenly, for example, from a dim room to direct sunlight. Always make changes to the plant's environment slowly so that it can adjust.
One of the main causes of dry and shriveled leaves when it comes to indoor plants is overwatering. We all seem to think that water equals love and life, and while indoor vines certainly do need water to sustain themselves, you want to be careful not to overdo the H2O. Its best to water your indoor vines only when the top 2-3 inches of soil feels dry.
Pro Tip: Mix your soil with coconut coir, which is made up of shredded coconut husks. This will allow for easy drainage and room for the roots to grow.
Humidity and Temperature
Most indoor plants, including vines and climbers, are said to grow best at an ambient temperature of 70-80 degrees Fahrenheit in the day and 65-70 at night. You can also mist your plants on occasion to keep them cool and happy, especially when heat may be rising or move them out of indirect sunlight.
Pro Tip: Get a small spray bottle to mist your plants periodically through the day during hot summer and autumn months. This will keep them happy without overwatering them.
The Most Popular Indoor Vine Plants
From whimsical trailing ivy in a hanging basket to wide leafed betel in your living room, here are some of the best indoor vines and houseplant climbers to invite into your home…
Devil's Ivy / Pothos (Epipremnum aureum)
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Wide leaves, sprawling tendrils, and incredibly versatile, there are a thousand reasons to fall in love with Devils’ Ivy. Also known as Hunters Robe or Rapunzel, this pretty plant lets down its leaves and can even be encouraged to grow up walls. A fuss free nature means Devils Ivy needs easy light conditions and will lap up water and nutrient rich moist soil once a week. It can be even more fuss free to care for than its common cousin – English Ivy AKA hedera helix.
This plant is good for: low light, climbing, hanging, easy care
Where to get it: Patch Plants
Creeping Fig (Ficus pumila)
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The tiniest member of the ficus fam, Creeping Fig is a lush little plant that loves to spill over the sides of any pot it occupies. Thanks to its frothy moods it looks amazing sitting on a shelf or bookcase and also tends to grow quite fast, meaning you don’t have to put up with a sad bare shelf for long. It loves humid conditions and certainly brings a sense of whimsy to any space.
This plant is good for: fast growing, easy care,
Where to get it: Wilson Bros Gardens
Arrowhead Plant (Syngonium podophyllum)
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Also known as the American Evergreen and Five Fingers, the Arrowhead Plant is all about large plush leaves, pale white veins, and expressive growing patterns. It can hang in style and doesn’t take much to put it in the mood for stretching out. It’s arrowhead shaped leaves are a surefire sign that it lives up to its name.
This plant is good for: hanging, low light, long term
Where to get it: Nature Hills
Betel Leaf Plant (Piper sarmentosum)
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A perennial creeper with a tropical look and a spicy green leaf that is actually used a lot in South East Asian cooking, the Betel Leaf Plant comes from the pepper family and is so much more than just a pretty face. The leaves have long been used in culinary and medical practice. It loves humidity and a slice of sunlight to thrive.
This plant is good for: warm climates, sunny spots, cooking,
Where to get it: Neem Tree Farms
String of Pearls (Senecio rowleyanus)
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Quirky and cute, the String of Pearls plant looks like stands of a thousand emerald green beads. This pretty plant loves to cascade and works well when placed in bright but indirect light. When you encourage the pretty pearls to bloom you are treated with a fragrant white bloom scented like cinnamon.
This plant is good for: flowering, fast growing
Where to get it: Succulents Box
Teddy Bear Vine (Cyanotis kewensis)
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With its cute name and long trailing stems, the Teddy Bear Vine is all soft foliage and fantasy. Coming from the warm climate of South Africa, the fuzzy chocolate colored green leaves earn it the reputation of being a cute and cuddly looking plant. Perfect for growing easily in a small hanging basket.
This plant is good for: hanging, slow growing
Where to get it: Spokane Plant Farm
Jasmine (Jasminum polyanthum)
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Whole it may not be the easiest plant to nurture into bloom, the Jasmine plant is one of the most beautiful indoor vine plants you could wish for. The darling dark leaves, the tiny starlit white flowers full of fragrance, and the robust nature once you get it going are all sure to bring bountiful joy for years.
This plant is good for: flowering, climbing
Where to get it: Easy to Grow Bulbs
Hoya (Hoya carnosa)
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Curly waxy leaves and long tumbling vines make the Hoya vine a glorious addition to your apartment or home. Keep them stashed out of sight of direct sunlight and try not to let the soil turn as dry as a bone as these picture pretty plants need a little lowkey love.
This plant is good for: hanging, flowering
Where to Get it: Almost Eden Plants
Swedish Ivy / Creeping Charlie (Plectranthus verticillatus)
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Sometimes referred to fondly as Creeping Charlie, the Swedish Ivy plant shares a similar green velvet look to mint with its scalloped leaves. While the leaves are stunning in their own right, the flower that blooms can be dreamy and delicate purple or white tubes. Swedish Ivy can sit outside in the garden if you find a spot of partial sun but needs carrying in when the temperature starts to drop.
This plant is good for: hanging, flowering, easy care
Where to get it: Pernellgerver
Heartleaf Philodendron (Philodendron hederaceum)
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Heart-shaped leaves are sure to make you swoon when you place a Heartleaf Philodendron upon your mantelpiece or bedside table. Glossy and green and effortlessly lush, everyone loves this plant thanks to its easy care routine and robust nature. You can train it to climb or let it fall in its own sweeping style.
This plant is good for: hanging, fast-growing, climbing, easy care,
Where to get it: Planterina
Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum)
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Perhaps the most common and best loved of all the indoor vine plants, the Spider Plant (despite its less than savory name) is effortless in nature. Super undemanding, this plant will be perfectly happy sitting quietly and soaking up a spot of light.
This plant is good for: low light, fast-growing, easy care
Where to get it: Fast Growing Trees
String of Hearts (Ceropegia woodii)
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Pink tinged green leaves spilling out in tiny hearts make the String of Hearts one of the most romantic plants. Splashed with semi-succulent moods, the pretty plant is semi succulent meaning that it doesn’t require a lot of work to keep it in a good mood. In the spring and summer it can also burst forth with tiny purple flowers.
This plant is good for: hanging, fast-growing, climbing, flowering
Where to get it: Pistils Nursery
Wandering Jew (Tradescantia zebrina)
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Red and green vibrant leaves, long tendrils, and as leggy as can be, the Wandering Jew brings a pop of color to your interior space. If you want to keep them bright, keep them out of low light and in the way of bursting sun to ensure the color doesn’t fade.
This plant is good for: hanging, climbing,
Where to get it: Garden Goods Direct
Maidenhair Vine (Muehlenbeckia complexa)
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Boasting a carpet of shiny bright leaves, the Maidenhair Vine will either creep or trail depending on your preference. You can train it to grow across any surface, making it a beautiful addition to any frame or fireplace.
This plant is good for: low light, climbing, easy care
Where to get it: Spokane Plant Farm