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Watering Your Moss Pole: How Often Should You Water Your Sphagnum Moss and Coco Coir Peat?

Have you ever wanted to make your Monstera, Pothos, or Philodendron grow bigger and stronger? The secret is in the moss pole. But, how often do you need to water your Sphagnum Moss to make sure your plants are getting enough moisture? We have the answer!

Moss Poles vs. Trellises: Which is Better for Climbing Plants?

Moss poles are a great way to support climbing plants in the home, even if they may not be necessary. While many climbing plants can thrive without them, the addition of a moss pole can result in larger and stronger leaves as well as more vigorous growth than what would otherwise be achieved.

The primary benefit of the moss pole is that it provides climbing plants with something to dig their roots into, similar to the bark and moss they would encounter in nature. It does work to grow pothos on a trellis, but for this particular plant, a moss pole may be even more beneficial.

When it comes to monstera plants, the debate between a moss pole or trellis is an interesting one. According to our research, monstera plants take to the trellises very well and seem to climb them more easily than moss poles. They take up less space in the pot, so they won’t crowd the plant. This also makes repotting easier! It’s possible to repot with a moss pole, though.

Benefits of Using a Moss Pole for Houseplants

So, are moss poles good for plants? The answer is yes, in many cases. Moss poles support the growth of your plants and help to train their growth habit. They also provide extra micronutrients for those vines with adventitious roots, leading to larger and more mature leaves in some species. This could be especially beneficial for aroids such as pothos or monstera plants. Although trellises can work well too, moss poles can give your plant an even better chance of thriving with larger and stronger leaves than would otherwise be possible without one.

Some of the most common houseplants that can benefit from a moss pole include Monstera deliciosa, Monstera adansoniis, pothos, satin pothos, heartleaf philodendrons, brazil philodendrons and arrowhead plants.

Moss poles are usually wrapped in live Sphagnum moss or in Coco Coir to provide a natural surface for the plant to cling onto and climb.

How to Grow Monstera on a Moss Pole

When it comes to Monsteras, they are epiphytes that naturally have a climbing growth habit. This means that they will do well when grown on a moss pole indoors. In fact, monsteras grown on a moss pole will typically produce larger leaves with more fenestrations than those grown without one. With the additional support of the moss pole and its ability to provide extra micronutrients, Monstera plants can benefit from larger and stronger leaves as well as better overall health than if it were grown only with trellises or other supports.

When it comes to caring for your moss pole, it is important to water it regularly. Watering your moss pole often or pouring water down the pole when watering will ensure that your Monstera plants’ adventitious roots receive adequate moisture and humidity. The extra humidity provided by the moss pole will be appreciated by most aroids, helping them thrive in their environment.

Propagating Moss: Tips for Success

The fastest way to propagate moss is by pressing chunks of the moss into the soil and pushing a stick through each piece to hold it in place. This method should be done in an area that is moist so that the moss will start to grow and spread within a few weeks. It’s important to remember that when using this method, you should be careful not to press down too hard on the pieces as this can damage them. Additionally, make sure that there are no gaps between each piece of moss so they stay in place securely without any air pockets forming around them. Once your new pieces of moss have been established, it’s time for regular maintenance. Make sure you check up on your plants regularly and prune away any dead or dying parts as needed. You should also keep an eye out for signs of disease or pests such as aphids or mealybugs which can cause damage if left unchecked. Finally, ensure adequate moisture levels by providing enough water and humidity for your plants’ needs so they continue growing healthy and strong!

When it comes to moss, one of the most common questions is whether or not it’s dead when it turns brown. The answer is that a sign of either too little or too much water can be seen in the form of brown or yellow moss. To determine if the moss is wet or dry, gently touch it and if it’s dry, mist with distilled water. Lastly, any rotted brown spots should be removed if the moss is wet.

If these methods do not work and the moss still persists, then it’s time to consider a more extreme solution. One of the most effective ways to remove moss from driveways is by using bleach. Put about 20 ounces of bleach and 5 gallons of water into a backpack or garden sprayer and be sure to use this chemical carefully as it can stain pavement or kill plants around it.

Alternatives to Sphagnum Moss for Supporting Climbing Plants

Although moss poles are a great way to support climbing plants, not all mosses are suitable for this purpose. Sphagnum moss, for example, is one of the most popular varieties used in gardening but it should be avoided when it comes to supporting pothos or monstera plants. This is because the soil can become too moist due to the sphagnum moss’ ability to keep water in for long periods of time. Additionally, since the moss has absorbed water from that area, it can dry out the soil around your plant’s root system and lead to poor growth.

An alternative to sphagnum moss is coco coir peat, also known as coir compost. This material is created from the outer husk of the coconut and can be a great addition to your soil when it comes to supporting climbing plants.

However, despite its affordability and availability, sphagnum moss is still the go-to choice for many gardeners. This is mainly because of its slow production rate and limited number of sustainable options.

If you decide to use sphagnum moss for your climbing plants, make sure to only buy the long fibered type. Depending on the quality of your irrigation water as well as how much you water and fertilize, this high quality moss will last for 2 to 5 years in the pot.

When it comes to watering sphagnum moss, it is important to follow a regular schedule. For plants potted in a 5.0″ pot and not receiving direct sunlight, 0.8 cups of water should be added every 9 days. Remember that too much water can cause the soil to become soggy and lead to root rot, so make sure you don’t overwater your moss.


In conclusion, Sphagnum Moss is an excellent way to support the growth of climbing plants. The moss provides them with a surface to dig their roots into and gives them access to extra micronutrients. Although there are alternatives to the moss pole, providing your plants with a support such as a moss pole will result in larger, stronger leaves and more vigorous growth. To get the best result, water your Sphagnum Moss every 9 days with 0.8 cups of water and make sure to use long fibered Sphagnum Moss for the best quality.