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Alma1
Aug 20, 2015 11:57 AM CST
hello! I googled this first and the fact that it's not mentioned anywhere on the internet makes me think it's a bad idea, but I thought I'd ask som plant lovers first. I'd really like grow some climbing plants, ivy, vine, creeper, something like that, up one of the bedposts of my bed. They'd get plenty of light, and the bedpost are metal so I'm not worried about rot or anything. But I'm sort of surprised there weren't 4 million people on Pinterest doing this already, so I'm wondering if it is a bad idea or not workable. Thanks!
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dave
Aug 20, 2015 12:01 PM CST

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That actually sounds pretty awesome to me. The plants would be in containers on the floor, I suppose?
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Chillybean
Aug 20, 2015 12:05 PM CST
It could be done, I imagine, but I am trying to imagine this. How many times will you be waken by the running into a vine that shifted? Or it getting tangled around your arms if you move around in your sleep. I already have some of this with my own hair.

I wish I had a picture of it, but a friend had a philodendron (Hope I have the name right) that as it grew, she thumb tacked it all along the walls. It was very pretty. Maybe you could do this, or use something that won't leave holes all along the wall behind your bed.
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plantladylin
Aug 20, 2015 12:06 PM CST
The first "houseplant" that came to my mind was Heart Leaf Vine (Philodendron hederaceum var. oxycardium). It does well in indoor lower light situations and bright light but no direct sun. You can sit the pots on the floor at each bedpost and trail the vines around each bedpost for the look you want to achieve. Sounds like it would be very pretty and would work well as long as you don't have pets or children that would get into them. I'd love to see a photo of the finished product if you end up doing it!

Years ago (early 1970's) my youngest sister had pots of philodendron sitting on shelves in her apartment living room and she put tacks in the wall and had philodendron trailing up the wall and across the door frame ... it looked really nice. The tacks were to give the stems something to lean on to get them to go in the upward position but the leaves hid the tacks. I wish I had a picture because it was really a nice effect.
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Alma1
Aug 20, 2015 12:20 PM CST
Wow, thank you all so much for your lightning quick responses. Dave: yeah, I was just going to leave them in their original parts on the ground. She leaving: I thought I might just encourage them to grow up words and then let them grow out when they reach the top of the bed post by using nylon trellis thread in a sort of canopy above the bed. Hopefully that would keep plants out of my hair...
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stone
Aug 20, 2015 1:32 PM CST
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In my previous house... I had vaulted ceilings... And vines that grew in through the screens, and climbed up the walls and the ceiling... I really liked it... except... the winters around here get cold enough that the vines would have to start all over in the spring...

I'm thinking something like a cross vine (Bignonia capreolata) would give you some rapid growth... and be tough enough to survive being indoors...

Alternatively... what about a nice ferny cypress vine (Ipomoea quamoclit)?

How much room do you have for a big pot of soil?

Alma1
Aug 20, 2015 1:59 PM CST
I guess as much room as the plant needs, I wasn't thinking of trying to hide the pot!
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Bonehead
Aug 20, 2015 7:36 PM CST
Sounds like a really interesting idea - I'd love to sleep inside a leafy canopy. Some house plants are better for air quality than others, not sure why. Anyway, give it a try and post pictures as it progresses.
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greene
Aug 20, 2015 7:47 PM CST
Indoor plants increase the oxygen inside the home; you'll sleep better and wake more refreshed. I say go for it. Thumbs up
I like the idea of the plant support netting; sounds good.

I tried doing an image search and this is as close as I came...but it leads to Ikea not to a gardening site.
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Maukahound
Aug 21, 2015 6:31 PM CST
I did this a very long time ago, but a bit differently. I lived in an upper story flat in San Francisco. The ceilings were 10' high, so the windows were quite tall. They were broad, too. I placed tacks under the bottom of the sill & on top of the frame, then strung fishing line from the bottom to the top, intending to give the vines something to climb up that wasn't really noticeable. (My bed was positioned next to the window.) This room had a southern exposure, and SF weather is temperate - so no problems with growing indoors. I grew several varieties of morning glories & a couple sweet peas. They performed well. The other vining plants (tropicals) needed heavier line, so that was a mistake easily remedied. It took a while for the vines to climb up/over to the bedpost/headboard. What I forgot to anticipate was white fly & aphids. I had thought the window screen would keep them out, but I was wrong. So, while it looked fabulous, it was an ordeal to get rid of the bugs. If your support can take the weight & the plant is not a bug-magnet, it will be worth the effort!

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