Those of you who have a Monstera deliciosa at home may have picked up on a few things since bringing it in. One, aren’t those leaves gorgeous? Two, it’s actually expanding quite swiftly. Third, M. deliciosa doesn’t comprehend the need of having sound personal limits. Give this adorable giant of a houseplant a moss totem to grasp onto if you find yourself outgrowing your home. Here, we’ll walk you through the installation process and show you how to control some of your monster’s adorable excitement.
M. deliciosa uses its powerful aerial roots to cling to and take moisture from the rough bark of large rainforest trees in its natural habitat. It is a natural wanderer. A moss totem is an upright pole that is completely covered in sphagnum moss and is staked into the plant’s pot. Its natural surface provides something for a monstera’s roots to grip onto and take moisture from, acting as a stand-in for a tree. A moss totem allows M. deliciosa to act more like it would in the wild while yet supporting those heavy stems and leaves better than a traditional plant stake or wire trellis.
With just a few basic tools, you can train a monstera to a moss pole:
- Your terra cotta monstera
- a ready-made moss totem
- Soft plant ties, yarn, or cotton string are good options for gentle ties.
- A new container that is 1-2 wider than the old one, together with high-quality potting soil for houseplants, if repotting is required.
We like Mosser Lee’s Totem PoleTM Extendable Plant Supports for moss totems. These realistic-looking, tube-shaped supports come in three lengths plus an additional 12 extensions for when your monstera inevitably becomes even bigger. They are packed with moisture-absorbing, long-fiber sphagnum moss.
Start by putting the moss totem in a shallow water container and letting it soak until it is completely soaked.
Before adding the totem, it’s a good idea to check your plant to see whether it has to be repotted while the moss is soaking. You can install the moss totem without repotting your M. deliciosa if the pot is large enough and the roots aren’t too crowded. However, if your plant needs a new pot anyhow, now is a fantastic time to start working on its new totem.
If your monstera has to be repotted, start by removing it from its current container and looking at the roots. If the roots are tightly packed, you may need to loosen them up a bit. As you normally would, repotter the plant into a new pot with fresh soil; however, instead of placing it exactly in the center, move it slightly toward the front of the pot. With the majority of the foliage facing outward, the moss totem can fit behind the plant in this manner.
Installing the Totem
When the plant and container are prepared, deeply embed the strong metal supports at the bottom of the moistened moss pole. Keep the pole upright and tuck it behind the plant just a bit. The totem can then be stabilized by lightly pressing the earth at the base.
Attaching the Plant to the Pole
It’s time to acquaint your plant with its new totem now. Some of your monstera’s stems may be longer and more strong than others, as you may have noticed. Several huge leaves are supported by these thicker stalks, and they may also be beginning to sprout some knobby aerial roots. The stems could potentially start to spread out from the pot like a vine as they develop horizontally. The more slender leaf stalks and their leaves will be allowed to fill in around the bottom once you attach these stems to the totem.
Bring the stem up against the moistened moss and fasten it gently yet securely with a piece of soft plant tie, twine, or cotton string to help it adhere to the totem. If the stem is long, bind it to the totem by tying it to it several times. Repeat this process with any other substantial stems, then take a step back to ensure the plant’s general form is to your liking. Your M. deliciosa will eventually use its aerial roots to cling to the moss and proceed to climb higher on its new support.
With one extra step, caring for a monster on a totem is just like caring for one without. Misting the moss on occasion is a smart idea to keep your monstera interested in its new support. The roots will continue to spread into the moss if the plant detects moisture there.
For routine maintenance, make sure the container drains effectively, let the top inch or two of soil a little amount of soil dry out between waterings, and set your plant where it receives lots of bright, indirect light. Additionally, take sure to turn your wandering plant every so often to keep things balanced if it tends to lean one way or the other while looking for the best source of light.
Some Plants Just Need a Little Guidance
Not just monsteras are helped by a little patient correction in the home. A moss totem is also helpful with other monster species, such as M. adansonii, as well as some philodendrons, like “Prince of Orange” and “Pink Princess.” Ask if you need help caring for any of your “wandering plant pals.” We are always happy to assist.
Does Monstera require a pole for climbing?
Monsteras thrive when cultivated indoors on a moss pole since they are epiphytes with a climbing growth habit. In comparison to monsteras grown as indoor houseplants without a moss pole, monsteras grown on a moss pole develop larger leaves with more fenestrations. Although moss poles are useful for monsteras grown indoors, they can also thrive without them. The decision to include a moss pole in your monstera’s growing environment is ultimately yours.
If you decide not to add a moss pole to your monstera, be aware that because these plants are made to climb vertically, they may find it difficult to support themselves as they age and get higher. By pruning new growth and propagating it, you can control the size of your monstera. Alternatively, you might support its expanding stem with a moss pole.
When should a Monstera be moss poled?
This is more of a moment for you to evaluate the situation and make decisions about how to direct your Monstera’s growth going ahead than it is a sign from the plant. If you are repotting your Monstera, this is the ideal moment to incorporate a moss pole.
Typically, Monsteras need to be replanted every one to two years into a container that is one size bigger than the one they were in before. But now is the moment to transfer it to a larger pot if you see that you need to water it regularly or that the roots are sprouting out of the drainage holes.
Even if you aren’t presently exhibiting the aforementioned symptoms, I would advise you to add a moss pole when you are repotting your Monstera. Because you can see the roots and avoid severing them when securing the pole in the soil, adding a moss pole to a fresh pot is considerably simpler.
Should Monstera be fastened to a moss pole?
Aroid Monstera Deliciosa is a climber. Without a supporting framework, its leaves won’t enlarge and become more fenestrated.
The greatest time to add a moss pole is while you are repotting your plant, but only if it is what your plant needs.
A moss pole can be erected either direction; there is no need to disturb the plant. However, if you are repottering, be sure to put your Monstera Deliciosa in its pot again in a location that is a little off-center from the center. The best location for a moss pole to stand is in the pot’s middle.
The moss pole must penetrate the pot deeply. Thus that it won’t be bothered in the future if there are big leaves hanging from its top.
Your Monstera Deliciosa will have thick stems with aerial roots emerging from the nodes, as you will notice. The thickest stem needs to be attached to the moss pole first.
To ensure that the aerial roots keep expanding around the moss pole, spray it once or twice a week.
Although it may seem like extra work, doing this will provide your plant the additional water it needs to maintain its top foliage.
You might have to give up a leaf if you still see them sticking out of the pot and taking up horizontal space.
Although it’s not ideal, pruning those lovely leaves will ensure that all future development occurs vertically.
Last but not least, light is the most organic approach to control the direction of new growth. So remember to take use of light. Instead of growing upward, a Monstera Deliciosa may tilt heavily to one side.
You might be able to sort things out if you twist the plant such that it appears to be leaning away from the source of light. because the plant changes its course and moves in that direction.
How do you maintain Monstera’s balance?
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.
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.
Can I substitute a stick for the moss pole?
Moss poles are straightforward structures that are occasionally challenging to get to. Finding a substitute can be a good idea because they are frequently highly cost-effective and serve the same purpose as a pole made entirely of moss.
There are numerous alternatives to moss that can be used to make moss poles. The ideal substitutes for a moss pole are a piece of natural bamboo or a tree slab. Alternatives include coir poles, wooden sticks, PVC pipes, and contemporary metal trellises from Pinterest.
These poles serve as a support structure to help plants become taller. Additionally, moss poles are necessary for plants like monsteras, pothos, and vines to grow upright and preserve their structure.
Are you looking for moss pole substitutes? Do you wish to select an appropriate one? This post will show you several low-cost moss pole substitutes as well as how to create your own.
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A moss pole has what purpose?
The world of indoor plants has a new craze: moss poles! With images of Monsteras and Philodendrons cheerfully rising upward, Instagram is full of inspiration (and plant jealousy).
What advantages do you get from staking your plants? Numerous tropical houseplants are categorized as epiphytes, including Monstera, Philodendron, Pothos, and Scindapsus. In order to reach the brilliantly illuminated tree canopy, they must grow on other plants in their natural environment, which is outdoors. Moss poles give your plants the physical support they need to develop aerial roots and climb upward while simulating the texture of moist, mossy bark. In order to fit better in confined places, plants with wide growth can also be trained to take on an erect, narrow form using moss poles.
Making your own moss pole may seem like a difficult project, but it’s simple and enjoyable! We’ll walk you through the process of making moss poles for a variety of indoor plants. Make your own by following the instructions, and you’ll have a shelf full of climbing plants in no time.
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.
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
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
- not a chemical leak
- a challenge to work with
- Plants can’t easily scale metal.
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.