Trellising Gives You an Advantage Over Pests

New ways to look at total houseplant pest control

If you're a houseplant enthusiast or have a few indoor plants, you know that pests can be a major issue. Mealy bugs, spider mites, and fungus gnats can all limit the growth of your plants and damage them in the process. Luckily, there is one simple solution that can help protect your plants from these pests: trellising!

What is a pest?

Houseplant pests are anything in our grow area that limits or stunts the growth of plants. They're sometimes easy to spot, but can also be invisible to the naked eye. This is why it's important to inspect your plants regularly for signs of pests. Houseplant insect control is one of those chores we need to learn to love.

Can a trellis help?

Trellising gives you a unique advantage when it comes to pest control for indoor plants.

First, it increases visibility. When a plant is trellised vertically, you can see every leaf and quickly inspect them for pests. This may seem too obvious to be important, but the more you see, the more you catch. A small cotton swab of your chosen insect killer treatment should go a long way.

Second, trellising gives you access to parts of the plant that are otherwise difficult to reach. Bugs like to hide in very small nooks and crannies of indoor plants when they reproduce. Having a houseplant properly supported on a trellis allows you to an entire plant quickly with natural pesticides, giving you the best chance of those products being effective. If a natural soap or horticultural oil doesn't reach a bug, it's the same as never applying it.

Third, the material of your trellis can also make a difference. A plastic trellis has no places for bugs to live, but a moss pole gives them cozy hiding places. If you're looking for extra protection against tiny insects and pests, choose a trellis made from a smooth material like plastic or metal. These surfaces are smooth and provide no shelter for bugs. 

Wrap up.

Pests are a fact of life for anyone growing indoor plants, but trellising can give you the upper hand. By increasing visibility, access, and choosing the right materials, you can make a big difference in your fight against pests. Houseplants are beautiful and rewarding, so don't let pests stop you from enjoying them!

If you have any questions about pest control or trellising, feel free to leave a comment below or contact me at I'm always happy to help!

Happy gardening!