Cleaning up the bali curtain (Cissus sicyoides) around the house entrance

Bali Curtain wrapped back around the wall to open up the entrance I should have taken “before” pictures, but I only took “after” pictures. This vine in the grape family (VITACEAE) grows very quickly with the tropical downpours of the rainy season in Chiang Mai. It sends down roots that make the “curtain”. After 50 days away from home, the curtain had almost completely covered the entrance. So I tied back the “roots” and used some nylon rope and propped it up with bamboo.


I’m hoping the Bali curtain will cover the entire roof. I probably need to get a sprinkler system set up up there first. You can see the rose bush and ornamental ginger plants poking out of the green giant that covers the front porch of the house. A green barrier! We do appreciate our privacy!



Imagine walking under this at night with the vines all in your face. I did not have the courage to do so after a rain, even with my umbrella, for fear of snakes. I had to clear a path.


I think it cleaned up pretty nicely.


This is the walkway all cleaned up.


The jasmine flower was creeping out too, so I propped it up with some bamboo.


I spoke yesterday in (on? at?) a webinar about how to boost your career with your blog. I spoke about a different personally-branded blog. Until that webinar, I had forgotten about this site for the last 3 or 4 months because of work and travel. But I really do want my career to be closer to the earth and in a garden. I’m wondering about how I can market some of the plants that I grow in the garden. Perhaps I can turn into the commercial arm of this site.

I could sell aqueous solutions of bali curtain, which, according to Wikipedia have anti-lipemic and hypoglycemic effects. Anybody interested? The medical marvels in my garden astound me!

Well, back to environmental report writing…my paying work (for now). Dreams of financial independence in a lovely garden can come true, right?


2 thoughts on “Cleaning up the bali curtain (Cissus sicyoides) around the house entrance

  1. I recently moved to Chiang Mai (actually Doi Saket) from Arizona. My wife is Thai, but from the south near Bangkok. She has always liked the “Bali Curtain”, but could never find it down in her area. We have just bought 3 plants, but I am completely unsure how to plant and care for this wonderful vine. I am from Arizona, so vines and such are new to me. I would greatly appreciate any help you could give us regarding the proper way to plant the vine. I was intending to make a planter and elevate it to the height of the roof of our patio, but I don’t know it it should be a solid piecce, or maybe one with a grid or screen bottom so that the roots could emerge more easily. We have several plants that I believe are a variety of orchid, and they are in hanging baskets with no soil. Is something like that prefered?
    Also, we have been unable to find a nursery or gardeners supply store in Chiang Mai. Of course, there is little or nothing available in Doi Saket, although we WERE able to buy the plants here. Thank you in advance for any help you can give us.

    • Dear Frank,

      Thanks for the comment. Bali curtain is really easy to grow. It’s considered a weed in many parts. I would just make sure the roots have some access to soil and then the leaves have a trellis-like surface to grow on. Bali curtain is actually in the grape family, so think of it that way, the same way you’d grow grapes. Wires, string, poles, etc., these are the kinds of things Bali curtain loves to grow on. You can see it growing on telephone/electrical wires all around town.

      The best place to go plant shopping in Chiang Mai is near the Tesco Lotus on the northeast side of town just west of the river near the super highway. There are probably over 100 different shops selling every kind of plant and gardening tool or accouterment.

      Have fun!

      ~Farmer Jack

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