How To: Use Moss Poles
What Are Moss Poles
Moss poles are a great tool used for helping plants grow in a specific direction. Most commonly, you can use moss poles to help plants to grow upwards instead of down. To do this, the moss pole is created using encased natural moss and plant wiring. This allows the pole to come in various widths and lengths for many different plant styles while also providing flexibility to bend in the direction you choose.
Not only do moss poles create direction and support for your plants, but the moss provides extra macro-nutrients that your plant would naturally get from living in the tropics. Plus! They retain moisture which is a fantastic way to add humidity.
Tip: Be sure to research your plant's full growth potential to decide which size pole you need.
When to Use Moss Poles
Using a moss pole isn't for all plant types. Generally speaking, you'll want a plant that grows longer than halfway up a small moss pole which is usually 16" tall. Moss poles perform best on plants that trail or vine. The most common plants include Monestera, Philodendron and Pothos!
Tips: Be sure to pair the moss pole size for your plant with a sizeable pot to ensure the plant doesn't tip over once it's nice and tall!