17 Best Climbing and Vining Vegetables for Containers You Can Grow Vertically

Take a look at this informative list of best climbing and vining vegetable for containers. These vegetables are productive and take your vertical space to grow!

1. Nasturtium

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Edible and ornamental, Nasturtiums are known for their tasty, color-saturated flowers and vibrant shield-shaped leaves that have a pleasant peppery and a mustard-like flavor. Good for salad decoration, nasturtium is easy to grow in containers. Nasturtiums spread and develop at a rapid pace once planted and start flowering within four to six weeks.

2. Tomatoes

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Anyone with a green thumb will tell you how rewarding it is to toss slices of fresh, home-grown tomatoes in a plate of salad or to eat it any other way. There are many varieties of tomatoes that follow vinelike growing habit. We posted a great list of tomato varieties for containers, so look at it to decide!

3. Malabar spinach

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An ideal provider of leafy greens, Malabar spinach multiplies well; this vegetable is so productive even in containers that it never stops producing until the growing conditions are favorable. Despite being a tropical perennial, it performs well in milder climates. Start the seeds indoors and wait until the last frost date before transferring outdoors. As time marches, the plant gets overly bushy, and you may need to harvest it intermittently and provide solid support to the vine for optimal growth.

4. Loofah

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Perennial in tropical environments, loofah has long been used as a natural sponge than as food. Nevertheless, it’s still extremely useful in both these cases. Harvests of nascent loofah gourds yield scrumptious vegetable that can be eaten raw, like cucumbers, or cooked, like summer squash. In addition to its medicinal benefits, there are many delicious curry recipes available on the web, if you search a little. This hot weather gourd can also be grown in large containers. Containers must have proper drainage and can’t be moved around once the vines have attached their tendrils to other supportive objects.

5. Lablab Beans (Indian Beans)

Lablab Beans

This lesser known bean is originally from South East Asia. Popular in many tropical and subtropical countries, it is so delicious and healthy. This short living perennial can be grown in containers, above 55-60 F (13-15 C) temperature, usually in summer in temperates. The lablab beans has many other names– Seim bean, Sem, Australian bean, Hyacinth bean, etc.

6. Chayote


Chayote produces cool looking pear-shaped, pale-green fruits that are akin to pumpkin and grow well in subtropical environments just as well as moderately cool climates. Growing chayote in a container is a good idea for people living in short-summer regions as these incredibly productive vines can be brought inside once the temperature turns cool. Additionally, good drainage and plenty of moisture are both necessary for successful growth.

7. Pumpkin


Growing pumpkins in containers is possible; you’ll need a large container and the right soil blend. Smaller varieties of pumpkin, including Baby Pam, Small Sugar and Spooktacular adapt well to the container culture and yield miniature five-pound fruits that are easy to harvest and largely resistant to common insects and pests like aphids and squash bug. Pumpkins require a sunny position, moist soil, and shelter from the harsh, cold wind.

Also Read: How to Grow Pumpkins in Containers

8. Pole Beans

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Pole bean vines grow to a convenient height of about 10 feet, making it a suitable vegetable to grow in pots, even in balconies. Growing beans in containers is particularly useful for early starting when the soil temperatures are too cool to support the growth of this warm season vegetable. Like most bean species, pole beans resist transplanting and hate when the temperature dips pretty low.

9. Runner Beans

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One of the most productive vegetables for limited space gardeners, runner beans are often used for their ornamental blooms, though they also produce edible leaves, green pods, and dried beans. It relies on plenty of water, full sun and fertile soil to survive well, and tend to perform best in mild climates without extremes of heat or cold. It’s advisable to pick the beans small while they are still delicious and tender, once overgrown, they lost the taste (despite looking gorgeous). Also, the delicate vines need a tall, sturdy support.

10. Peas

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Peas are one of the best vegetables to grow in pots. They grow rapidly and don’t demand too much attention. Also, they are rather forgiving of climatic conditions and don’t depend on the full sun to perform well even in partial shade. However, they do benefit from regular watering and fertile soil. Since peas prefer cool conditions, it’s best to plant them early on in the season in the spring and sometimes in the fall. In warmer regions with the mild winter season, grow peas in winters!

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Take a look at this informative list of best climbing and vining vegetable for containers. These vegetables are productive and take your vertical space to grow!


  1. Thank you for presenting such an informative article! I like the idea of training my climbers especially my roses to grow in pots. You can also engage them on garden trellises and train them well. Just be sure to use strong-gauge galvanized wire to hold and support your climbing plants firmly. Cheap wires will rust and make it difficult for you to correct the problem when your climbers break the wires as they grow. After seeing just how beautiful they look, I will indeed experiment with growing some of the beans in containers.


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