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Not sure when and why you should be using a plant pole? Here are some tips

Most plants are perfectly happy to sit in their pots and grow without help. Some plants, however, prefer to grow up a pole. We’ve created this guide for you if you’re unsure how to use a moss pole, where to get one, and which plants might need one. This is a whole aspect of growing houseplants that isn’t always explained thoroughly, so here we’ll provide you with the information you need to successfully grow plants that prefer poles.

monstera deliciosa on a pole

Why you might use a plant pole

First, let’s talk about why you might want to use a plant pole. Of course, there’s the health of the plant. Out in the wild, there are plants called Epiphyte which means they use the support of another plant to grow. These plants will do better when grown on a type of plant pole. They tend to have bigger leaves, fuller vines, and are overall healthier.

Growing on a pole also means the plant might suit your space better. They take up less space than a training plant, and you won’t risk the leaves accidentally getting sucked up into the vacuum on cleaning day.

Pros and cons of plant poles

Although they prefer it, most climbing plants will still grow and thrive without something to climb. However, without a pole, these plants tend to droop and trail. This has a different look than climbing which might be what you prefer, but it’s essential to keep in mind, especially if the plant is young and isn’t big enough to trail or climb yet. As it matures, you’ll want to be aware of how a pole or lack thereof might affect its health and its aesthetic in your home.

Usually, plants don’t get access to as much light as hanging or trailing plants, so a pole might boost their growth and improve their health.

How to train a plant to a pole

Training a plant up a pole is not as intimidating as it seems. It’s best to start when the plant is young, but you can still train an older, more mature plant. Before you put the pole in the pot, you might want to consider soaking it. This is especially true if it’s a moss pole. Many plants prefer the stake to be moist, and soaking the pole will encourage the plant to attach itself to the pole.

Once you’ve got the pole in the pot with the plant, you can start securing the plant to the pole. Take small sections of the vines, tie them to the stake, and wrap them around until you get all the vines on the pole. With younger plants, this is easier because they aren’t as large, and their vines are less stiff and stuck in their growth pattern. Older plants tend to get fixed in their growth and have a more challenging time bending and reshaping themselves. You might find they break more easily as you’re trying to fix them to the pole. Take your time and maybe decide to sacrifice a few vines to get the plant up the pole.

Which plants like poles

The most common plants to grow up poles are monstera adansonii, monstera deliciosa, philodendron, and pothos. These would all prefer to grow up a pole rather than be left to vine or trail, and they all will have bigger, greener, and healthier leaves if they’re supported with a pole.

monstera adansonii up close

Where to get a plant pole

Over the last two years, the increased popularity of houseplants has made finding products like plant poles much easier on houseplant parents. Now you can find moss poles in almost any garden center or plant shop. However, if you can’t find any at local stores near you, here are three options we found online that would work perfectly for almost any climbing plant.

Or you can make your own with bamboo stakes and moss and gardening tape.

When to size up a plant pole

It’s pretty simple to assess whether or not it’s time to size up your plant pole. To make life easier on yourself, we first recommend selecting a pole at least a foot taller than your plant so you have plenty of space to use as the plant grows. We also suggest investing in a stackable pole like this one here. It makes adding length to the plant pole much easier on you and the plant.

However, if you have a pole that is too short and doesn’t have an extension, you’ll have to pull your plant off that old pole, remove the old pole carefully, and then add a larger and taller pole. It’s best to combine this plant care with repotting the plant. That way, you’ll already be removing the plant from the pot, and you can add the bigger pole without too much hassle.

If you’re lucky enough to have one of those beautiful vining plants in your collection, we think you’ll love training it to grow up a pole. Not only is it an attractive way to show off the plant, but it’s also much healthier for the plant.

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