How Do I Get Monstera To Climb?

The Monstera plant has become a extremely popular house plant in the past couple of years, and one of the reasons for this is its capacity to create an enormous jungle-like interior to your own home. But, this could quickly become a problem because Monsteras can quickly become too large for the space you have.

In contrast to other houseplants that follow a similar growing upwards, Monsteras grow outward. However, the good news is that Monsteras are designed to climb and preparing the Monstera to climb upwards could result in more healthful plants.

How do you get Monsteras to take a step up? While Monsteras are naturally inclined to climb but one of the most effective methods to encourage the Monstera to take a step up is to employ some kind of support. The most effective structures for support are typically coco coir poles, moss poles, trellises, and stakes.

But, you don’t need to use only one of them, since Monsteras is able to adapt to any kind of support.

Does My Monstera Need Support?

If Monsteras grow young, they tend to develop vertically, however as they age and become heavier, the leaves begin to trail, and the plant to spread in a lateral direction.

Wild Monsteras have epiphytic growth. This means they are able to attach themselves to trees or any other surfaces that are vertical to climb up.

Monstera variety with pole

However, domesticated Monsteras aren’t exactly the same way, and when you’re trying to teach the Monstera to ascend, you’ll need a few tools that you’ll need.

Moss Pole

The majority of poles are the most well-known and popular method of supporting your Monstera. Because moss poles have an organic texture, it’s easy for aerial roots to cling onto the pole.

Natural finishes are very popular with homeowners of houseplants, because they blend into the plant and give extra moisture between waterings.

Coco Coir Pole

Coco coir poles are like moss poles. They also have natural finishes that give you extra moisture, but make sure to mist the pole frequently to increase the chances of the growth. Additionally, coco poles made of coir can be stackable to support a expanding plant.

Trellis

Trellises are also effective ways to stake your Monstera however, be aware that even the largest and rich Monsteras will not be able to support the stake.

The majority of trellises are constructed from either metal or wood, and are available in a variety of colors to suit your personal preferences and interior design.

When you stake your Monstera plant, you must take into consideration the height you’d like to see for the plant. If you’d like your plant to reach the ceiling, a Moss pole isn’t an ideal long-term solution.

Bamboo is a great alternative to stakes, which are affordable and simple to find. Be aware that bamboo stakes with a slimmer profile won’t be strong enough to handle heavy Monsteras. massive Monstera.

It’s also important to note that when you’re using moss or coco coir poles The aerial roots will bond to the pole in a short time however metal or wooden poles will require more time.

When Should I Support My Plant?

While you don’t need to offer any assistance for a healthy Monstera Many people would prefer to have their plants grow in a tree-like manner instead of an elongated vine.

It isn’t easy to determine when you should introduce the support stakes for your Monstera However, there are a few indicators that will tell you when to begin support for the plant.

Aerial Roots Appear

If you notice that aerial roots are appearing is a sign that the plant is old enough and needs to be supported in the near future. As the Monstera grows older, the aerial roots appear from the stems and hang over the edges of the pot.

Many people don’t like the look of aerial roots, so they cut themoff, but they’re an indication of an enlightened Monstera.

The function of the aerial roots is to serve as an anchor to allow the stem to connect to the support system which allows the plant to grow. When you’re using a pole for moss, the aerial roots can absorb water from the pole and air to ensure that the plant stays well-hydrated between irrigations.

Bent/Arching Stems

As Monstera matures, it produces larger, heavier leaves. If they are not supported, the heavy leaves can make the stems start stretching, and gravity will push the plant downwards.

The Monstera will continue to grow downwards, in a kind of vine-like idea. The larger leaves could result in the stems snapping or even topple the plant. To avoid this, it’s recommended taking a stake on your Monstera.

New Growth Appears Horizontally

It’s not a problem to have an Monstera which grows horizontally. But, most people prefer to instruct their plants to grow vertically since it takes up less space and will follow the pattern of a tree. If you begin to notice the plant expanding outwards then it is the time to add stakes to the plant.

You’re Repotting Your Monstera

It’s not a direct signal from the plants, however it’s best to begin by staking your Monstera when you are repotting. It isn’t easy to connect the stems and roots to connect to the pole of an established pot.

If you repot, you can move the roots so that there is vertical growth. Also, you can be sure to not damage the roots by putting the pole into the soil.

How Do I Attach My Monstera to a Moss Pole?

There are two places where you should attach the Monstera stems to the pole of moss.

First, you’ll need to secure the heavier stems that are larger. This can be done using garden ties. They must be used at the correct tension as you don’t want to make to make it too tight, as it could harm the plant, however it must be securely secure.

Then, you’ll need to connect the aerial roots to the pole of moss. They can be guided through a variety of ways. If they are sufficiently long they can be wrapped or wrap them around the structure supporting them.

Again, you can make use of gardening ties in order to hold your roots firmly attached to the support and any new roots that develop naturally attach to the structure of support.

Stephanie

Stephanie

Went from a bad gardener to a half-decent one over 10+ years. Super happy to share my tips and tricks with you :)