Plants enrich the living space with color and, depending on the species, even improve the indoor climate. The location is not just limited to the window sill. Climbing plants also feel comfortable on cupboards or in tubs with a trellis. The climbing plants presented here are not only easy to care for but also the most natural decoration for every room.

Climbing plants for the room from A to E

Baumfreund (Philodendron scandens)

  • Location: bright but without direct sun
  • Watering: moderate
  • Fertilize: spring to fall, twice a month
  • flowers: only rarely

The climbing philodendron, as the tree friend is also known in this country, lives up to its name. The plant develops shoots up to five meters long. Although Philodendron scandens comes from the warm South and Central American tropical regions, it is just as easy to care for as a climbing plant for the room. Although it hardly forms flowers in the pot, its leaves enrich every room. The heart shape and the dark green coloration with conspicuously light stripes are typical. The foliage also has a slight sheen. In order to preserve the optics, we recommend wiping off dust deposits with a damp cloth from time to time.

Note: The tree friend does not need much water. Nevertheless, the gardener should spray the houseplant with moisture in dry air conditions.

Spiderwort (Tradescantia)

  • Location: bright
  • Watering: small amounts, but regularly, no waterlogging
  • Fertilize: spring to fall, twice a month
  • Flowers: pink, white, blue or violet

The spiderwort from South America forms shoots up to 40 cm long. However, it is primarily their leaves that draw the viewer’s attention. The lanceolate foliage is pink to violet. In the sun, which the spiderwort can tolerate for a few hours a day, the leaves sometimes even shimmer silver or gold.

Note: If there is too little light, the spiderwort loses its charm. The leaves turn dark.

Ivy (Hedera helix)

  • Location: sunny, semi-shady to shady (depending on variety)
  • Watering: moderate
  • Fertilize: from spring to autumn, every two weeks
  • flowers: green-yellow

While ivy can become a nuisance on walls and garden fences, it is an extremely popular houseplant in pots. Depending on the variety, the leaves appear either in a dark green color or have light patterns. In old age even tiny flowers appear between the foliage. Many people let their pot ivy hang down a bathroom wall unit or shelf. The plant also looks beautiful twisted in flower arrangements.

Herbs (Senecio rowleyanus)

  • Location: sunny to semi-shady
  • Watering: moderate
  • Fertilize: from March to the end of September, every eight weeks
  • flowers: small and white

The pea plant also comes from distant South Africa and grows up to one meter long. Contrary to some expectations, this hanging plant unfortunately does not bear any fruit. When you look at it, however, it becomes clear where the name comes from. The long shoots bear small, pea-like leaves. The climbing plants also thrive in a dry room climate, but are susceptible to calcareous substrate. If the site conditions are right, the flowers exude a lovely cinnamon scent.

Note: The trade also carries the pea plant under the synonyms ragwort, ragwort, cape ivy or string of pearls.

Easy-care hanging plants for the room from F to J

Felsen-Dickblatt (Crassula rupestris subsp. marnierana)

  • Location: sunny to semi-shady
  • Watering: moderate
  • Fertilize: between April and September, only now and then
  • flowers: white

Cassula Hottentot is also called the Rock Thickleaf. The shoots, whose evergreen leaves are reminiscent of a string of pearls, are just as bizarre as the nickname. In between, small white flowers appear in dense umbel growth. The climbing plants are particularly easy to care for, as they can also cope well with prolonged drought.

Maidenhair Fern (Adiantum)

  • Location: bright
  • Watering: Keep the substrate constantly moist, avoid waterlogging
  • Fertilize: from March to August, every six weeks
  • Flowers: no

The maidenhair fern only develops into a hanging plant when it is old. Initially, its shoots grow upright and reach an average length of 70 cm, less often 1 m. It is important that the hanging plants are not exposed to drafts and grow in a lime-free substrate. An insider tip among plant lovers is to occasionally mix some black tea into the potting soil. Furthermore, the climbing plants like to bask in the morning or evening sun.

Gefleckte Efeutute (Scindapsus pictus)

  • Location: partially shaded to dark
  • Watering: moderate
  • Fertilize: from April to September, every eight weeks
  • Flowers: no

The spotted ivy got its name from the heart-shaped, silvery variegated leaves. As indoor plants, they take up a lot of space, as their shoots can grow up to 3 m long. Otherwise, the evergreen hanging plants from South Asia are quite easy to care for.

Antler fern (Platycerium bifurcatum)

  • Location: bright but no direct sun
  • Watering: water a lot, but avoid waterlogging
  • Fertilize: Continuously, every six weeks
  • Flowers: no

The staghorn fern has found its way into European rooms from tropical Australia . In fact, its growth is reminiscent of antlers. The silvery hairy leaves are also attractive and make flowering completely unnecessary. Platycerium bifurcatum reaches a length of up to 90 cm. It is somewhat misleading when brown leaves form inside the hanging plants. The gardener should not remove these under any circumstances, as they serve as an important nutrient store.

Tip: The staghorn fern is ideal for hanging baskets.

Grünlilie (Chlorophytum comosum)

  • Location: bright but no direct sun
  • Watering: moderate, no waterlogging
  • Fertilize: from March to August, once a week
  • flowers: white

The green lily , also known as official grass or saxon lily, grows up to 60 cm . Various varieties inspire with their leaf colour, which has either light green or green-yellow stripes. Also eye-catching are the small, white flowers that appear in hanging stalks and reach a length of up to 75 cm. To the delight of every gardener, spider plants bloom all year round.

Note: Brown shoot tips indicate too much irrigation water.

Easy-care climbing plants for rooms K to R

Kannenpflanze (Nepenthes)

  • Location: bright but no direct sun
  • Watering: frequently, substrate must always be moist, no waterlogging
  • Fertilize: from spring to autumn, every two weeks with orchid fertilizer
  • Flowers: no

The pitcher plant is a very special houseplant, as it belongs to the carnivorous plants. However, it is also sufficient for it to feed itself solely on its substrate, as long as this is low in lime. Due to their origin from the humid regions of Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines, the evergreen climbing plants require high humidity.

Tip: Beginners should start with a low-maintenance hybrid.

Rachenrebe (Columnea)

  • Location: bright to semi-shady, no direct sun
  • Watering: Always keep the substrate moist, avoid waterlogging
  • Fertilize: Spring through fall, every two weeks
  • Flowers: yellow, dark pink or scarlet red, flowers from April to June, some hanging plants also all year round

The throat vine is considered easy to care for, but makes demands on its location and water supply. Too much sun and watering causes the otherwise attractive dark green leaves to turn brown. The up to 2 m long climbing plants do not tolerate calcareous substrate either.


  • Location: sunny to semi-shady, no direct sun
  • Watering: once a week in winter, twice a week in summer
  • Fertilize: in spring and summer
  • Flowers: white, 2 to 4 cm in size

The Rhipsalis is probably the only cactus plant that has no thorns. Instead, the indoor plants impress with shoots up to one meter long and strikingly large flowers. Due to their origin from the Amazon region in Brazil, the climbing plants are used to high humidity.

Easy-care hanging plants from S to Z

Sword Fern (Nephrolepis exaltata)

  • Location: sunny to semi-shady, no direct sun
  • Watering: moderate, but always keep the substrate moist, no waterlogging
  • Fertilize: from April to September, once a month
  • Flowers: no

Most importantly, the sword fern , also known as kidney scale fern, does not get drafts. Otherwise, the climbing plants are very easy to care for and are therefore ideal for inexperienced gardeners. The fiery, very filigree shoots with a length of up to 1m have either a wavy or a curly appearance.

Wachsblume (Hoya)

  • Location: bright but no direct sun
  • Watering: sparingly, no waterlogging
  • Fertilize: when the first flowers sprout every four weeks, stop in winter
  • flowers: white to flesh-colored

The wax flower is one of the noble hanging plants. The fact that it belongs to the milkweed family and the synonym “porcelain flower” alone suggests this. The name comes from the waxy, fragile-looking flowers. If you are reminded of filigree flowers such as orchids, you are not wrong at all. The wax flower also comes from Far Eastern countries such as China and Japan, but can also be found in Australia. However, the houseplants do not grow upright, but develop shoots several meters long with dark green leaves. The flowers give off a pleasant scent.

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