L, XL, and XXL-Lines Moss Pole Pot-up Instructions

Welcome to the wonderful world of endlessly stackable moss poles! You might be switching from coir poles, or from having to DIY your own mesh poles, or it might be your first time ever to upgrade your climbing plants onto a sphagnum moss pole.
No matter the case, we've written this guide to give you all the tips and tricks we have learned to keep your plants well and thriving.

Pot-up Video:

If you're a visual learner, or are keen to get planting, this video will get you on your way fastest!

Plant Preparation:

You'll have procured a Monstera, Philodendron, Syngonium, or some other climbing plant that benefits from the many benefits of growing on a moss pole. This plant should be given a quick health check to ensure there are no sneaky health problems buried among the roots.
It is recommended to remove all the old soil from the roots, for a few reasons:
  • You don't know where it has been, and it may have pests such as fungus gnats nesting in it.
  • The soil usually employed by nurseries is too dense for most climbing plants, and with the added extra moisture from the moss pole, it is bound to become waterlogged.
  • It may be either "dead" soil, with no nutrients, or have too much fertilizer, which can burn your leaves.
  • You may find a nasty surprise, the slowly choking nursery net or pot:

Nursery pot buried in the roots

These must be carefully removed, as they will inhibit healthy root growth, and even cause root rot from trapped moisture.
Remove any squishy roots, sniff for root rot, and you should be ready to move on.

Prepare your soil:

As mentioned before, standard houseplant soil is far too dense and moisture retaining for use with a moss pole plant, so source something very chunky and airy, which will allow for rapid drainage. Your roots need constant access to oxygen as well as nourishment, so you don't want to drown them.
It is quite easy these days to find a premixed substrate for Monstera or Philodendrons, such as our very own Thicc Mix.
If you'd rather mix it yourself, the following ingredients can be used to create a good balance of nutrition and humidity:
  • Peat-free compost/coco coir blend - contains nutrients and holds moisture
  • Seaweed fertiliser - contains nutrients to get your plant growing right away
  • Bark - aeration and movement (important for big roots)
  • Pumice stone, loads of it! - holds the oxygen that your roots need, helps drainage
  • LECA clay balls - more drainage!
  • Charcoal - soaks up excess water, and is the "cleaner" of the substrate
  • Coconut husk - holds moisture

 Anchoring and stability:

You're ready to get started on the moss pole itself, firstly with the choice between using the anchor base, or the screw stake.

Anchor base vs Screw Stake

The anchor base is the most stable option, and with a few zip ties, you can fasten the base to your nursery pot to ensure there are no accidental depottings during its lifetime. The swivel wings will rotate to adapt to the diameter and position of the moss pole in your nursery pot.

 The screw stake is pushed and twisted into the soil of an established plant, making it ideal for cases when you don't want to disturb the soil of your already healthy and growing plant.

Fill your first section with moss:

Lightly fluff your hydrated moss, removing any contaminants that may have found their way into it (pine needles, cones, etc). You don't want the moss to be too compressed, as it will make rooting into the pole difficult for tender young roots.

It can then be teased into the first section of your cylindrical moss pole, using a long stick to help you distribute the moss evenly throughout it. 

Attach your prepared plant to the moss pole:

Certain plants will have a "front" and a "back" visible on the stem, with the leaves and petioles growing from the "front", and the aerial roots growing out of the "back". This is clearly visible with many Monstera varieties, and you will want to attach the stem to the first section with the roots in contact with the moist moss.

 Use a little green tape (soft velcro-like material that can be found at many plant shops) to attach the stem to the moss pole. This tape can be removed once the plant has rooted into the moss, which will happen very quickly if the moss is kept moist.

Screw the first section into the anchor base:

You should be able to gently screw the moss pole section into the nursery pot now, if you have selected to zip tie the base to the pot. If you skip the zip ties, screw the base onto the section, and place it standing in the nursery pot in the position you'd like the pole to take while you fill the pot with your prepared substrate mix.

Potted plant

Fill with substrate:

The nursery pot can now be filled with your chunky mix, shaking the pot to ensure all the gaps between the roots are filled with soil. 

Give your moss and soil a good water, allowing the soil to drain completely, particularly if it is going to be placed into a decorative planter that does have any drainage holes.

Extend and grow!

You can now fill and screw in however many sections you need to attach the full length of the stem of your growing plant, plus some length for future growth. I like to add an extra empty section above what is needed by the new growth, to make sure I don't need to add another section too soon.