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Training Your Monstera, Pothos, and Philodendron on a Moss Pole: The Go-To Option for Houseplants

Do you have a Monstera, Pothos, or Philodendron that you’re looking to train into an upright form? Moss poles are the perfect solution for providing support for houseplants to grow aerial roots and climb upward. Learn how to attach your plants to the pole and the best alternatives to moss poles in this fun-toned article post!

Using Moss Poles to Support Pothos Vines

When it comes to growing pothos, moss poles are an excellent support for the vining plants. To use a moss pole for pothos, insert the pole a few inches into the soil at least three inches away from the stem. This will protect its most important roots and give it a sturdy base of support as it grows. As your pothos vines grow up the moss pole, secure them in place with plant ties.

When selecting a moss pole for your pothos, it is important to choose one that is wrapped in either live sphagnum moss or Coco Coir. These materials provide a natural surface for the plant to cling onto as it climbs up the pole.

In addition, the moss and coir also provide a moist environment for the plant to thrive in.

Beyond pothos, there are many other plants that can benefit from a moss pole. Monstera deliciosas, monstera adansoniis, satin pothos, heartleaf philodendrons, brasil philodendrons, arrowhead plants and others are all common houseplants that enjoy the support of a moss pole.

Do I need to soak a moss stick? If you want your coco coir stick to be completely saturated, you should soak it in water. The aerial root will be easier to attach with this. It is important to keep the plant moist once it is trained around the pole.

Does dried moss stay green? Over time, dried moss will lose its green color. When rehydrated, it will grow again and return to life. Preserved moss is no longer alive and has been treated to maintain its attractiveness.

Alternatives to Moss Poles for Supporting Houseplants

While moss poles are a popular choice for supporting houseplants, there are many alternatives to moss that can be used as a pole. A tree slab or natural bamboo is a better alternative to a moss pole, as they provide the same support without the need for additional moisture or maintenance. Additionally, these materials will remain green and alive much longer than dried or preserved moss would. When using an alternative to a moss pole, it is important to ensure that the plant is securely attached so it does not slip down. Plant ties will help secure them in place and provide added support during growth.

Hanging pots are a great way to display pothos, but they may not be the best option for growing them. When grown on a moss pole, pothos will produce larger and lusher plants that are healthier and more attractive. You’ll see dramatic results if you grow your pothos on a moss pole or alternative support structure!

Stakes made of bamboo are an effective alternative to moss poles for plants that require a little extra support. Bamboo stakes are strong and durable, and they can be used in place of moss poles with great success.

The key is to make sure the stake is securely fixed in place, as it can become loose over time.When it comes to supporting Monstera plants, moss poles are the best option. The benefits of growing a Monstera plant with a moss pole far outweigh any drawbacks. Moss poles provide additional moisture and stability for your plants and help create an attractive display that will last for years. I always recommend using a moss pole to grow your Monstera, even more so than other support methods, such as wood stakes, coir poles, or bamboo stakes.

Maintaining a Healthy Moss Pole for Houseplants

However, a moss pole does require more maintenance than some of the other options. To keep your moss pole healthy and thriving, it is important to pay attention to the water needs of your plants. How do you keep a moss pole watered? Your moss pole will thrive in optimal conditions. Dry air causes the pole to dry out quicker, which can make it difficult for the aerial roots to grow. Higher humidity allows the pole to retain more water, which requires less watering on your part. To maintain adequate moisture levels for your plant and its support structure, misting or using a humidifier is recommended in drier environments. Additionally, fertilizing once per month can help boost growth and provide essential nutrients that are lacking in soil-based potting mixes alone.

Furthermore, it is essential to keep your moss pole steady. If you want to make sure your moss pole is sturdy, upgrade the pot to a slightly larger size. 3” by 2 12” is the largest Mossify granite base. To keep the base in place, we recommend filling the bottom layer of the pot with rocks.

When installing a moss pole, it is important to take into consideration the roots of your plant. If you add the moss pole at a later time, you can damage the roots of your plant. Therefore, when setting up a moss pole for your houseplant, make sure that the roots are loose so that the moss pole can be placed in the middle of the pot along with the roots placed slightly around it.


In conclusion, moss poles are a great way to encourage your houseplants to grow upwards with minimal effort. Make sure to attach the pole properly and ensure the roots are loose so that the pole can be placed in the middle of the pot. If you are not using a moss pole, there are alternatives such as bamboo stakes, tree slabs, or even coco coir sticks. As long as you attach the vines to the pole with plant ties and keep the plant moist, your Monstera, Pothos, and Philodendron will thrive on the moss pole.