Learn how to make your own moss pole to support your Monstera aka Swiss Cheese Plant and give it a place to climb.
If you are growing Monstera deliciosa then at some point you are going to want to purchase or make a moss pole.
I came home to my beautiful Monstera on the floor one day because it had no support. In the short term, I let it lean on this armchair. However, I knew I needed to do something soon. This climbing plant with large leaves definitely needed some support.
My daughter had talked about moss poles on the day we first bought this plant but I never bothered getting one. Now that I really needed one I went about making my own and you can too.
After all, in its natural habitat, this beauty climbs on tree trunks in the rain forest.
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How to Make Your Own Moss Pole
I used an old 4 ft. broomstick we had in the garage. Start by taping off the area that will be submerged into the pot.
Next glue the sheet moss in intervals along the stick.
To give it a more natural look pick off small sections of the sheet moss and glue them randomly on the bare wood sections and top of the pole allowing some of the wood to peek through.
Now you can remove the tape and place the pole into your pot as close to the center as possible without damaging the root system too much.
Carefully arrange the plant around the pole. Encouraging the aerial roots to wrap around the pole.
Misting the pole is supposed to help the roots gravitate to the pole so I have been doing that as well. However, you can also use a few soft plant ties to attach the stem of the plant to the pole for more support.
Now my beautiful plant is upright and looking great.
After all, the Monstera deliciosa is a vining plant in the jungle. It needs a place to climb.
However, at the rate this guy is growing I may need to make a new pole that's even longer very soon. Heck, I may need to invest in a large trellis.
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- Sturdy wood pole at least tall enough for the plant
- Sheet Moss or Sphagnum Moss
- glue gun and glue
- Tape off the area of the pole you are using that will be submerged into the pot.
- Glue the sheet moss in intervals along the stick.
- To give it a more natural look, pick off small sections of the sheet moss and glue it randomly on the bare wood sections and top of the pole. Allow some of the wood to peek through.
- Remove the tape and place the pole into your pot as close to the center as possible without damaging the root system too much.
- Carefully arrange the plant around the pole, encouraging the aerial roots to wrap around the pole.
Other options for a pole could be a PVC pipe, a bamboo stake or any wooden stake.
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