At PlantVine, we constantly look for affordable alternatives to items every plant parent might need (or want). Because many of you have asked, here is a simple, step-by-step guide for building your own moss pole.
For those as yet uninitiated, a moss pole is a useful tool to assist climbing and/or trailing plants, such as Monsteras and Pothos. Its function is to imitate a plant’s natural habitat by offering the plant a surface that’s easy to attach to, and offers necessary support. So, let’s get started.
For this DIY, you will need:
- A PVC pipe cut to the desired height for the plant you have in mind
- Sphagnum moss
- Monofilament string (fishing line)
Step 1: Soak the sphagnum moss in water for 15-20 minutes.
Step 2: Take the monofilament string and tie it tightly around the top of the PVC pipe.
Step 3: Grab some of the moss and wring it out, making sure to get rid of all excess water. Spread the moss slightly apart, until it looks flat instead of clumped up. Wrap it around a section of the pole below where you tied the monofilament string.
Step 4: Take the tail of the string tied to the pole and wrap it tightly around the moss you’ve placed on the PVC pipe.
Step 5: Repeat this process until the pole is covered, making sure to leave enough of the pole bare at the bottom so you can stake it into the pot of the plant.
Step 6: If you have not yet potted the plant, stand the pole in the empty pot, and place the plant next to it. Then, add the potting mix.
If the plant has already been potted, carefully dig a hole making sure you do not disturb the roots. (It might be advisable to place the pole towards the edge of the pot.) Finally, insert the bare part of the PVC pipe into the hole and pack in the soil to make sure it stands upright.
Done! You’ve now made your own moss pole, you clever plant parent. Your plant will thank you for the effort.