Some of the most cultivated plants in apartment in nature develop like creepers; the advantage of growing a climber indoors is especially in its development, which will be lush and abundant for much of the year. This type of plant is often grown letting the long flexible ramifications fall, but it is also possible to fix a guardian inside the pot, so that the plant has a support to wrap around, creating a voluminous shrub.
In fact, perhaps we have never noticed, but most of the plants that we have in the apartment are climbers, very widespread in fact are the potos, the various types of philodendron and monstera, these are plants that have long found a place in the apartment. This success of climbers is certainly due to their peculiarities: in fact, just as climbers, they are very vigorous plants.
As it happens for the climbers that we cultivate in the garden, also these tropical plants develop very long branches, they do not fear the adversities of the climate, they are very vigorous and hardly the diseases ruin them irreparably. In addition, we can prune the long branches at will, the plant will respond to pruning by obtaining new branches even longer.
This type of development comes to our advantage when the plants are in an excessively dry climate, or when fungal diseases attack foliage or roots; in fact, in these critical conditions we can safely remove the damaged parts of the plant, because it will quickly develop new leaves and new branches.
There are also climbing flowering plants that can be grown at home, such as the Glorious or the Allamanda; surely these are plants that need slightly more careful care than the leaf climbers, but these more attention will be rewarded with beautiful flowers.
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How they are grown
Climbers grown in apartments are usually tropical plants, accustomed to humid and warm forests. So they are grown in a bright place, but not directly affected by sunlight, which could cause irreparable sunburn on the foliage, these are mostly evergreen plants, which need watering quite abundant throughout the year. Obviously, let’s remember to let the soil dry completely between one watering and the other, and to intensify watering in summer and decrease them in winter.
If possible, during the summer let’s place our plants outdoors, in a shady place; before placing them in the chosen place, let’s clean the foliage with a damp microfibre cloth, or, if possible, let’s take a quick shower. From March to October we provide fertilizer for green plants, dissolved in the water of the watering at least every 12-15 days. If we want a large plant, we remember to repot it every year, slightly increasing the size of the container.
With or without guardian
These indoor climbing plants are often grown as hanging plants, placing them on shelves or shelves, or even in baskets hanging, certainly this type of cultivation allows us to get a nice waterfall effect, very decorative. If we prefer, however, to have a shrub erected at home, we can place a guardian in the pot, usually using plastic tubes, covered with moss or foam.
To encourage the plant to wrap around the guardian is advisable to fix the first branches at the base of the tube, using the metal jibs or raffia, remember to avoid the excessively narrow ligatures, which would tend to choke the branch, causing it to dry up, rather let the wire or the jumper bring the branch to the guardian, with the passage of time the plant will wrap around the guardian, no longer requiring any support.
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