How To Support Monstera Plant

One of the most frequent queries I receive whenever I upload a picture of my large monstera on Instagram is, “How do you get it to grow up like that?” You get the concept. / “How do you stop it stretching out?” So, for today’s post, I figured I’d show you how I trained my monstera to focus on a support while also giving you some tips on how to approach it if you’re considering doing the same.

Using supports is a very common chore whether you have a garden or grow plants outdoors, whether it’s setting up a trellis or staking your runner beans! However, the alternatives can be a little bewildering if you’re new to houseplants and aren’t used to caring for your plants in this way. There are a few options for support to begin with:

  • a number of bamboo canes
  • cane support in the form of a U
  • sphagnum moss pole constructed at home
  • the coco coir pole (extendable)

If you can’t find an extensible coir pole setup, you can use the two U cane supports shown below that can be crossed over to form an X “column” design that works well for monstera deliciosa plants. Otherwise, if you have a plant that likes to “lean against” something, you can use each of these supports separately in a pot, or you can train a vining plant to grow around them (more on this later in the post).

Look here if you’re looking for U-shaped supports. and here as well. If your plant has multiple stems, regular bamboo canes are wonderful since you can place them where the support is needed, just like you would with an outdoor plant.

Poles formed of the outer husk of coconuts and thicker than bamboo are known as coco coir. When looking for these, I’d suggest visiting your neighborhood hardware store or plant nursery because they are typically wrapped around a wooden framework. Usually, more mature plants already have one of them. These come in a variety of sizes and interlock as the plant grows; they are perfect because you don’t need to continuously changing the support (I’m in the UK).

How can a Monstera plant be kept upright?

Right now, Monstera Deliciosa is a stylish and well-liked houseplant, and it’s simple to understand why. The room’s broad, glossy, dark-green leaves have a tropical feel to it, and under the correct circumstances, they develop swiftly. In fact, this plant’s potential for growing too large for some homes is one of its only drawbacks. When a Monstera grows large, it often tips over or leans to one side.

How can a Monstera Deliciosa be kept from leaning over? Staking a Monstera Deliciosa with a support like a moss pole, trellis, or garden stakes is the best way to keep it growing upright. These natural climbers can be trained to climb these poles by being connected to them, and they will be supported as they do so.

Although a Monstera won’t be harmed by not growing upright, most people like them to be as straight and tall as possible for aesthetic and spatial reasons. To help you keep your Monstera looking the way you want it to, I’ll go into further depth below why why this occurs in the first place.

What can I use to keep my Monstera upright?

Bamboo stakes and coir or moss poles are the two most common types of garden stakes for indoor plants. Stakes made of bamboo are inexpensive, beautiful, and simple to handle. They are incredibly versatile and have thin diameters. Coir (coconut fiber) poles are made of hardwood bases covered in coconut husk and are noticeably thicker. Because the coconut husk is so absorbent, you may water right onto the pole and your plant will benefit from the humidity. Moss poles, which resemble coir poles but are typically covered with sphagnum moss, are another well-liked option.

Insert The Stake Into The Soil

Locate the parts of your Monstera that contain the thickest, heaviest stems and require the most support at the base (bottom). Once you’ve located these spots, dig a few little holes with a trowel and insert the stakes there. Make sure the stake is firmly planted in the ground and buried deep enough to prevent wiggle or sag. For further support, drive the stake all the way into the Monstera plant’s pot.

Utilize Support Ties

When staking plants, specific support ties are not required. You can use cloth strips, twine, or plant tie tape. Just make sure that you don’t connect the Monstera stems to the stakes too firmly so as to injure them. They ought to be firmly fastened but not choked.

About one to two inches above the point where the base of your plant meets the soil, start attaching your support ties. Your plant will be able to stretch upward more readily as it grows if it has more support at its base. Repeat the ties at several-inch intervals (about every three to eight inches, depending on the size of your Monstera).

And That’s That!

You’ll see an improvement in your Monstera’s overall form and health now that it has been staked, and its epiphytic nature will have more room to flourish. The future will be bright for you and your Monstera if you use our comprehensive care guide to keep your plant healthy over time and add more support ties or stakes when required.

Monstera (Monstera deliciosa)

Knowing a plant’s origins is crucial for assessing its compatibility for your space and planning the care it will require. Native to desert areas, these plants need a lot of sunlight and loose, quickly draining soil. Strong sunlight and copious humidity will require some shelter for plants from the jungle bottom.

Monstera is a climbing plant endemic to Mexico and Central America’s rainforests that uses aerial roots to clamber up and through the branches of trees. On mature leaves, the peculiar perforations that give it the nickname “Swiss cheese plant” appear. The exact cause of this adaptation is unknown, but it is made possible through a genetically encoded process that is rare in the world of plants and in which cells plan their own demise through programmed cell death.

Growing plants within the house require the support of a moss-covered, climbable pole. If properly cared for, monstera can live for many years and reach heights of well over ten feet.

Incorrect names for Monstera deliciosa include split-leaf philodendron and Philodenron pertusum. These names, which are synonyms for monstera or Monstera deliciosa*, are no longer regarded as acceptable plant names.


Monsteras should be kept out of direct sunlight and planted in areas with bright, filtered light or light shade from March to September, when they are actively growing. Your plant will be protected from a tropical tree canopy in its natural rainforest by the leaves of the trees outside the window or a sheer curtain. Alternately, a spot in a well-lit area away from a window can do.

The plant need more direct, strong light during the winter. To maintain the health and appealing characteristics of monsteras, which have huge, glossy leaves with well-developed divisions, it is crucial to provide that additional light exposure.

Water and Humidity:

Check back after 15 minutes to remove any water still in the plant’s run-off dish after giving the soil a good thorough watering to make it moist but not soggy. Allow the soil to almost completely dry out between waterings when the plant is actively growing. For ideal humidity, mist the plant and its moss pole every day or give a damp pebble tray. Every week, wash the leaves with warm water.


Normal house temperatures range between 55 and 65 degrees Fahrenheit in the winter and are fine during the growth season. The relaxation that happens at these colder winter temperatures is beneficial to monsteras. Once the temperature reaches 65 degrees, your plant will start growing again, but this time with more humidity and water.

Ensure that this plant is shielded from sudden changes in temperature caused by open windows, air conditioners, and heating vents.


Monsteras prefer to be root-bound and can remain in the same pot for years until switching to a pot one size larger when the roots start to protrude past the drain hole. Soil that drains quickly is crucial. The ideal ratio is usually equal parts potting soil, peat, and sand. Replace the top layer of soil every other year after the pot’s maximum capacity is achieved.

What to Watch for:

The aerial roots are crucial for nutrition and climbing. The most beautiful plants have strong aerial roots, so let them alone. Encourage some of these roots to grow into the moss-covered support for your plant as it develops into a vine, leaving the remaining ones exposed so they may take in moisture from the surrounding atmosphere. (You can create your own supporting pole for a monstera by inserting the end of a tube of wrapped plastic netting deep into the soil of the pot.)

It is normal and gradual for the oldest leaves to fall off. If you overwater or underfeed your plants, the leaves may become yellow and drop in greater quantities.

Stretching of the leaf stems and the emergence of stunted leaves without holes may be signs of insufficient light, especially in the winter. Your plant requires energy to grow strong, robust leaves, but it might not be getting enough light or taking a crucial winter break.

Are Monstera plants staking required?

Your Monstera plant will require assistance if you want it to grow higher. The most typical supports are a hardwood slab, a pole covered in jute, or a stake covered in moss. Monstera plants do not, however, have to be grown absolutely erect on a pole or stake.

They can be cultivated as vining plants instead and put in planters or hanging baskets where their lovely vines can hang over the sides. Any office is made more cheerful by Monsteras that are trailing while showcasing their spectacular foliage on top of bookcases, filing cabinets, or room dividers.

It is up to you whether you stake your Monstera or let it grow as a trailing vine; the plant will happily accept either approach.

What causes my Monstera to sag?

Due mostly to its spectacular leaves, the Monstera deliciosa (Swiss Cheese Plant) is a common houseplant. Although they are simple to care for, these fellas do have one drawback: if they feel neglected, they have a tendency to pout, which may cause your Monstera leaves to droop. Don’t panic too much. They can quickly be persuaded to recover with a little loving attention.

The most frequent cause of drooping monstera leaves is dehydration. They prefer their soil to always be just moist enough. Other contributing factors include overwatering, poor lighting, issues with fertilizer, pests, or transplant stress. The most crucial step in restoring your plant to health is figuring out what the issue is.

Too little light

Plants affected by it will have lanky, slow-growing leaves. However, because these plants don’t receive enough light to produce food or engage in photosynthesis, the leaves may droop or wilt. Put your Monstera in indirect, bright light or purchase grow lights to solve the problem.


Drooping leaves may be a result of injury to the stem, roots, or petioles. It happens because the normal flow of nutrients and water is interrupted. Its leaves will become dry and droop as a result of this injury. There are further warning indicators that are comparable to a Monstera that is thirsty.

Dusty leaves

The drooping of your Monstera leaves may be caused by your failure to wipe them when they become dusty. Too much dust will interfere with your plant’s ability to produce food by changing the normal regulation of transpiration (increasing or decreasing).

For instance, if it increases transpiration, plants will lose more water as a result. If they are able to absorb as much, their leaves will droop and show symptoms of being submerged in water.

On the other hand, if transpiration is slowed or stopped, plants won’t extract water from their roots. Why? Because during transpiration, the cells that lose water will draw from the cells around them, and this will continue all the way to the roots. The xylem transports water in this manner.


It’s doubtful that the majority of Monstera infections will result in drooping leaves. Some, including stem and root rot, will, nevertheless, obstruct the regular movement of water and nutrients from the soil. During this interruption, the leaves could wilt or droop. Root rot was previously discussed while we were discussing overwatering.

How do you get a Monstera to start climbing?

One of the benefits of growing Monstera deliciosa inside for fans is its capacity to develop into a substantial cornerstone for a jungle-themed home. However, that expansion also creates some issues because a Monstera can quickly outgrow its allotted space. Large Monsteras typically grow outward, unlike other common houseplants with an upward, tree-like growth pattern (such the fiddle-leaf fig or rubber plant). Because of this, many people prefer their Monstera deliciosa to climb rather than trail.

How can I encourage Monstera deliciosa to climb? You can encourage your Monstera deliciosa to grow upright by providing a support system, such as a moss pole, coco coir pole, or trellis. This teaches the plant to follow its innate tendency to climb, which may result in a healthier plant with more leaves.

The good news is that Monsteras are designed for ascent. You can get this plant off the ground and out of the way if the correct circumstances and some encouragement are there. I’ll go through some specifics regarding how and why Monsteras are frequently observed climbing on moss poles throughout this article and provide you with advice on teaching this plant to climb.

Are moss poles required for Monstera?

Although Monsteras can flourish without a moss pole, including one more closely resembles their natural habitat. As epiphytes, monsteras rely on the support of tree trunks to flourish. They cling by inserting their aerial roots into the structure’s framework. You may create a more natural growing environment for your Monstera indoors with the aid of a moss pole. By clicking the image or link, you can check the price on Amazon.

Bamboo canes

A wonderful moss pole substitute if you don’t want to spend a lot of money is bamboo canes (or stakes). They may be easily trimmed to the right size and are generally accessible. In fact, if you know where to search, you might be able to get some at a gardening supply store for no cost. They do not, however, offer the same nutritional advantages as a moss pole.

Coir poles

In essence, a coir pole is a moss pole composed of coco coir fiber. Its resistance to decay and mold makes it a good substitute for moss poles. But because coir can release salts into the soil, you’ll need to alter your fertilization schedule. You may either purchase coco coir poles or create your own by utilizing the same process as with moss poles.

  • suitable for outdoor use
  • well-maintains water
  • enduring longer than moss

PVC pipe

If you’re looking for something entirely weather-resistant, PVC piping is a good alternative to moss poles. It can also cause the soil to absorb chemicals and has a poor appearance. Instead of being used as a plant stake, it creates a good trellis or frame. Don’t stress out too much about the chemical leaching issue because PVC pipe is frequently used as the core in DIY moss pole instructions. Repotting on a regular basis can avoid the issue.

  • straightforward to cut to the necessary length
  • outstanding for support frames

Metal pipeor Stake

If you want something weatherproof, another moss pole alternative is metal pipe. Similar in function as PVC pipe, but with a superior aesthetic and no chemical leaching into the soil. The biggest drawbacks, though, are that it’s heavy, tough to cut, and unattractive to plants. For this reason, metal pipes should only be used as a last resort or if they truly complement your architectural preferences.

  • more attractive than PVC pipe
  • Weather-resistant
  • not a chemical leak
  • a challenge to work with
  • Plants can’t easily scale metal.

Wood stakes

Along with bamboo canes, wood stakes are one of the more common choices. Any type of wood product, including unused or recycled lumber, new wood, tree branches, etc., may be used. Make sure the wood wasn’t painted or chemically treated if it is reclaimed.

  • a logical choice
  • If you know where to look, they may be free.
  • Branching from trees has a nicer mood and might be nourishing.
  • Avoid using wood that has been chemically treated.