Making a Moss Pole

Just this spring my friend and I decided to make moss poles to tame our wild Monsteras some, they were getting unruly. This was a really fun project to do with friends, and having extra hands is a must if you are making large poles like we did. You can change the size of the poles to meet your needs by going with smaller pvc or the green garden stakes, so they can be used for a variety of climbing plants. In fact I’m planning on making a couple small ones next spring for a Pothos and a Hoya

Materials:

  • Roll of twine
  • 1 1/2″ pvc cut to your length
  • coco fiber liner
  • sphagnum moss
  • pot
  • potting soil and bark
  • Monstera or another plant that like to climb.
Four Monsteras waiting for their poles, and a chicken!
Supplies all gathered
STEP 1- place pvc in pot to mark the soil depth, about 2” lower than the top of the pot
STEP 1- place pvc in pot to mark the soil depth, about 2” lower than the top of the pot
STEP 2- if the coco fiber isn’t long enough stretch it a bit to cover the top of your pole.

I recommend adding sphagnum moss here. Pack it in around the pole before rolling it up. We didn’t when we made the poles and they dry out pretty quickly. Sphagnum moss is annoying to work with so if you just roll it inside the coco liner it’s way easier.

STEP 3- wrap the fiber around the pvc, line up the bottom with you mark for soil depth
STEP 3- wrap the fiber around the pvc, line up the bottom with you mark for soil depth
STEP 4- use the twine to tie the coco fiber to the pole
STEP 4- use the twine to tie the coco fiber to the pole
STEP 5- put some bark in the bottom of the pot, about 2” deep. Then fill the pot about 1/3-1/2 with soil and bark mix. Place the finished moss pole into the pot where you want it positioned, then pack down soil so it stays in place.
STEP 5- but some bark on on the Morton of the pot, about 2”. Then fill the pot about 1/3-1/2 with soil and bark. Place the finished moss pole into the pot where you want it positioned, then pack down soil so it stays in place.
STEP 6- add your Monstera. Be sure to face the Arial Roots towards your moss pole so it can root into the pole.
STEP 7- finish filling the pot with more soil and bark, being careful of the roots. Then water both the pole and pot really well.
Monsteras with their poles