How to Keep Moss Pole Moist {5 simple strategies}

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Aren’t you tired of your plants not growing the way you want it to?

Are the leaves of your Monstera Deliciosa smaller than what it should be?

Are the vines bending over because it’s not being supported enough?

If your answer is yes to any of these questions, then moss poles are your perfect solution! 

Moss poles are life-changing when it comes to growing climbing plants. They provide support and will train your plant to grow upwards, just like they do in their natural habitat. The only difficulty with the pole is learning how to keep moss pole moist. 

Yes, it is important to keep your poles moist, especially if you have a tropical plant growing on it. Think of it this way, moss poles act as another source of humidity for your plants while ensuring that your plant leaves grow large and perfect.

What is a Moss pole for?

Think of the moss pole as a mini tree bark for climbing plants. It helps train the plant to grow upwards instead of growing outwards. Moss poles are great for those plants that usually latch onto trees when in their natural habitat.

It looks like they naturally grow on trees, but they use their aerial roots to hook onto the tree trunks while making their way up, giving it a more natural look. Those aerial roots are crucial for Aroid plants because it allows them to climb their way up to look for more sunlight and moisture in the air. 

Believe it or not, moss poles are a very effective method in producing larger leaves. They’re made similar to represent a tree bark and plants benefit from it because their aerial roots will latch on to the pole, allowing them to feel more supported when growing.

Another reason that aerial roots are so important is that they also function as aerators for plants when they are soaked in waters. 

Monsteras, philodendrons, and pothos are great examples that would hugely benefit from using a moss pole if you don’t want to turn them into hanging plants. 

Do you water a moss pole?

Yes. Well, it depends on the plant. If its a tropical humidity loving plant, then yes, it would be necessary to water your moss pole. Watering the pole would be like another source of water for your plants. The aerial roots will absorb this extra water once it has fully latched onto the pole, thus maintaining its thirst and humidity level. 

Related: How to Increase Humidity in a Room for Indoor Plants

How to keep moss pole moist

There are a few different ways on how to keep the moss pole moist.

1. You can water it by pouring water straight down the pole

2. You can spray it with water a few times throughout the week. Make sure that the water gets to their adventitious roots when you water or spray them. Their adventitious roots (aerial roots) will use this moisture to absorb water when needed. This will start to happen once the aerial roots can fully dig their roots into the pole. 

3. Use a humidifier to keep the area humid

4. Make a pebble tray

5. Keep it in a moist environment, such as the bathroom, laundry room, or near your kitchen.

Keeping the pole moist also helps maintain and increase the humidity level around the plants. Another great added benefit of using a moss pole.

Plant TIP: Use the same type of water you would use to water your houseplants. If you’re using tap water, allow it to sit aside for at least 24 hours before using it. This gives it time for the chemicals to disappear. I prefer to use rainwater when possible, but I  will resort to this method if there hasn’t been any rain to fill my rain barrel. 

What plants need a moss pole?

There are really no plants that need a moss pole. It’s just a matter of preference.

Would you rather have your plants hanging or would you rather have your plants growing upward?

how to keep moss pole moist for monsteras

I personally think that houseplants with larger leaves, such as the Monstera Deliciosa plant, do a lot better on moss poles. And moss poles are known to have a better support system for plants, thus resulting in large leaves. 

Some other plants that would benefit from using a moss pole would be philodendrons, syngoniums, schefflera, pilea peperomides and cissus discolour plants.

How do you attach a plant to a moss pole?

It is best to try and attach it while the plant is still young. But its still possible to do it with a mature plant as well. 

The first thing you should do with your moss pole before placing it into the pot is to soak it in water until it is fully wet. I find that this helps tremendously with the process of attaching a plant to a moss pole. 

1. It is best to stick your pole in the middle of your pot so that it balances out when your plant matures. Make sure you stick the pole deep enough into the dirt that its stable but not too deep that it hurts the roots. 

2. You then take the longest vine and start wrapping it around the pole. 

3. Use velcro plant strings or plant tie strips to help secure the vines to the pole. I like to tuck my aerial roots within the pole to ensure that it doesn’t stick out.

*The best part about these plant ties is that they come in the color green or black. This helps the ties blend into your plant vines and pole. So no one will know your secret of growing healthy large leaves.

Plant TIP: It helps to ensure that the root nodes (the intersection of the leaves and the stem) are attached/tucked into the pole.  This helps train the adventitious roots to attach to the pole on its own so that you won’t have to keep using the ties. You can eventually remove the ties once your plant 

When choosing the length of your pole, choose a size that’s larger than your longest vine. You’ll be able to keep it for a longer period of time as well as allow your plant to grow as long as it wants without ever having to worry about your plant outgrowing the pole. 

You could also extend the moss pole by sticking another one on top if you need to later on. 

Conclusion on how to keep a moss pole moist

Climbing plants, like most vining plants out there, may require some special attention in order for it to thrive to the fullest. It may sound like a lot of work, but it’s not. You just need to help build a solid foundation for the plant in the beginning, and then let it do its thing.

Moss poles are a great idea for plants that have large foliage. They’re the secret to having beautiful, large, lushful leaves. And it helps organize your space since the plant will be growing upwards instead of out to the sides. This gives you more room to invest in more plants. It’s your dream to do just that right?

Related: How to Prepare Indoor Tropical Plants for the Cold Weather