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So easy you can build a climbing aid for pot plants yourself

Climbing aids make are useful for climbing-friendly tub plants, as they keep their shoots above the ground (and in the air) and give them support and shape. This is especially beneficial when growing vegetables and fruits in containers, as they are less susceptible to unwanted pests this way than outdoors. Whether in the garden, on the terrace, on the balcony or next to the house entrance – there are countless places where you can create your container garden. There are also numerous options when it comes to plant selection. We planted our tub with tomatoes and basil, but you can use any climbing plant you like. A clematis in a tub can also benefit from this climbing aid. We’ll show you how to build a beautiful climbing aid for tub plants yourself below.

Climbing aid for clematis in tub

Before you begin: Prepare the cedar slats in advance by soaking them in water for at least 12 hours to make them easy to bend. If you can’t find cedar, you can also use pine, oak or poplar. These types of wood also bend well. Just make sure the wood is sealed and protected from water.

cedar trellis for tomatoes in a bucket

You can find the end piece for your homemade trellis at hardware stores and craft stores. Some already come with a screw on the end, but if you use one without a screw, you will need a 4.7mm x 10-20mm double-sided hanger bolt. You can also buy these at a hardware store.

Make climbing aid for tubs yourself – Here’s how:

cedar trellis for tomatoes and basil in buckets

Working time: 1 hour
Difficulty: Low
Required skills: Drilling

6 x cedar wood strips, 5-6 mm thick and 15 mm wide, cut to a length of 1200 mm
2 x wooden embroidery hoops with a diameter of at least 35 cm
wood glue
Round rod with a diameter of 25 mm, cut to a length of 7.5 cm
Decorative end knob for curtain rods
12 x 25 mm screws with nuts
2-4 x wooden curtain rings for 25 mm Ø curtain rod
Bucket with a diameter of 35 cm – 40 cm
Potting soil
1 climbing plant and optional underplanting


Step 1: Prepare embroidery frames

climbing aid for clematis in tub made of wooden stick rings

Embroidery frames of various sizes hold the wooden strips together so that the obelisk can stand stably. Glue the outer and inner rings together and screw the clasp in place. Once the glue dries, you can remove the metal pieces if necessary.

Step 2: Assemble and attach the end piece.

tub trellis for tomatoes self build

Drill a hole in the center of the round rod. If the end knob has a screw, attach it to the pre-drilled round bar. If you are using an end piece without a screw, first drill a hole in its base to insert the hanger bolt and then secure it to the round bar.

Step 3: Attach the end piece to the climbing frame

do-it-yourself climbing aid for potted tomatoes

Place the damp cedar strips tightly around the round bar, so that their ends and the bottom of the end piece meet. Slide the curtain rings up over the bundled wood strips, almost to the end piece.

Step 4: Add the embroidery hoops

climbing aid for potted plants

Place the top of the end piece on the ground so that the open end of the cedar strips is facing up. Slide the first embroidery hoop inside the hoop so that it is about 50-60 inches from the top. Insert the wooden strips one by one into the second embroidery hoop until they are all in, and pull this hoop up towards you to within about 20 – 30 cm of the bottom of the trellis. One embroidery hoop should be on the inside and the second hoop on the outside of the wooden strips.

Step 5: Screw the strips to hoops

climbing aid for clematis in a pot

When you have achieved the desired curvature and shape, drill holes where the cedar strips and embroidery hoops meet and fix them with the screws and nuts. And you’re done!

build your own climbing aid for tubs

Now you can fill your bucket with soil, then put on the climbing aid and finally arrange the planting as you like.