The Plant Professionals
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Lansing, MI 48906
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Vining Interior Plants
Brighten rooms, filter the air, and bring the outdoors in. Vining interior plants can be grown in hanging baskets, trained on a trellis, placed on shelves or cabinets, or grown in living walls. The most popular species are Pothos, Philodendron, Hoya, and English Ivy.
Pothos are arguably the easiest interior plant to grow. The leaves of pothos are heart-shaped and are variegated green and white, green and yellow, solid green, or lime green. The vines can get spindly as they grow longer, so prune annually. Pruning will keep the plant full and more compact. Be sure to cut back to a leaf that is about 2” from the base of the plant to keep the new growth coming in. Pothos can grow in low light, and likes to dry down somewhat before watering. If the plants get too dry, older leaves will wither and yellow. Plants that are continually too wet will develop root rot.
Philodendrons grow in both vining and self-heading. Philodendron in Greek translates to tree lover. In their native habitat, they either start their life in the tops of the trees, with their roots growing down to the ground, or they grow along the ground until they find a tree to climb. The interior climbing varieties like to be kept moist and warm in bright indirect light. They will tolerate low light, but leaves will be smaller and farther apart on the stem. Overwatering will cause leaves to turn yellow, and under-watering will cause leaves to turn brown and fall off.
Hoyas are subtropical plants with beautiful, fragrant flowers. Sometimes called the wax plant, Hoyas are part of the succulent family. This plant likes bright, indirect light. Hoyas are thirsty plants, but they don’t like sitting in soggy soil. Allow the soil to dry a little between watering, and be sure to fertilize once a month from spring through summer. Hoyas produce long slender vines, covered with thick green leathery leaves. The leaves can be speckled with silver or creamy white. Prune back long vines to keep the plant compact, but don’t prune off the leafless stems where the flowers have been produced. The flower will form on the same stem year after year.
English Ivy, with its distinct, lobed leaves and trailing vines, can make a wonderful houseplant. This variety of Ivy needs bright light, or it will become leggy and sickly-looking. English Ivy is a vigorous grower, so light pruning will keep this plant at the desired length. This Ivy is also prone to spider mites, and washing the plant a couple of times a month will help keep them at bay.
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