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Miniature Topiary

Martha Stewart Living, September 2002

Any vining or climbing houseplant can be trained into a pleasing shape of your own design. Use needle-nose pliers to make a form with medium-gauge, stainless-steel wire, which is available at hardware and home-supply stores. To create a coil or spiral, wrap wire around a cylindrical mold, such as a soup can, or a conical shape, like a flowerpot. Leave a straight 4-inch length at the end to anchor in the soil of a young potted plant. To prevent snags on the other end, turn 1/2 inch of wire back on itself. Gently twine the vine around the wire form. You can loosely tie new growth to the stake if it doesn't cooperate.