Moss poles are seen in houses around the world. They are designed to hold up large plants that otherwise would not be able to stand on their own. They can also hold up plants that are too short for pots and vases, or more than one plant at a time.
A moss pole is different from other types of stands because they come in various designs and styles, allowing them to fit into any home’s decorating style while holding the plants
While it may seem like an obvious decision to use one, there are situations where you may not want to use one. In this article, we will discuss the pros and cons of using a moss pole.
The Pros of Using a Moss Pole
Aesthetic – They come in various designs and styles, allowing them to fit into any home’s decorating style while holding the plants. I like using natural-looking poles that make my home look like a mini jungle.
Easy solution – Moss poles are easy to use and can hold up large plants that otherwise would not be able to stand on their own. Simply push the pole into the soil, and then attach the aerial roots and stems to the moss. There are many guides online that will talk you through the process.
Keeps plants tidy – The plants are kept in a designated area and do not take up space on the floor or table. The plant will simply grow upwards and become taller, rather than sprawling outwards.
Promotes growth – The plants are held in an upright position, which allows the water and nutrients to travel to the stem and leaves. It nicely spaces out the leaves, which allows the sun to reach them all.
Easier to inspect – It’s hard to inspect all leaves of your plant when they are clumped together and sprawling over the floor. Moss poles provide a simple solution by allowing you to easily see all plants. This minimizes the change of fungal infection and pest infestation.
Variety of plants – Moss poles work with a variety of plants. Whether you have a monstera or pothos, you can use a moss pole to proudly display it and add a touch of green to your home.
The Cons of Using a Moss Pole
No gardening tool is perfect, so there are a few disadvantages to using moss poles.
Difficult to clean – The plants may be out of your reach when cleaning the pole, and it can sometimes take longer than expected or desired to get all of the dirt off of them.
Not all plants fit well – There are some that will not work with the moss pole, so you would need to find another way to display them.
Expensive – Moss poles can be expensive if you are not sure which type to buy. In fact, you may go through a number of poles until you find the one you need. This is why prior research is so important.
Maintenance – They also require some maintenance to keep them clean and healthy. Moss poles need to be kept moist, which requires frequent watering or daily misting.
Hard to manage – If you have a large plant, it may not work well in a moss pole and could fall over or topple out of the stand if it is too top-heavy. Using a pot with a large base is important when growing tall plants with moss poles.
Moss Pole FAQ
This isn’t the most simple topic to talk about, so I will now answer some of the most frequently asked questions when it comes to moss poles.
How tall should my moss pole be?
This depends on the size of your plant. You want to make sure that the moss pole is taller than the plant when it’s in the plant pot. I like to make sure that the pole is at least six inches higher than the highest point of the plant.
Can a moss pole damage roots?
Yes, it is possible that a moss pole can damage roots if the stand has too much weight on it. However, the damage will be minimal and will not cause the plant to die. Thousands of people around the world use moss poles on their plants and have no issues at all.
Do you need to keep moss poles wet?
Yes, if you are going to keep it outdoors, then moss poles need to be kept moist. There are many ways to do this, like watering the pole directly and spraying the plant with mist. I talk more about keeping moss poles wet in this article.
In conclusion, using a moss pole is an excellent way to keep your plants healthy and beautiful. They provide easy access for you, which minimizes the chance of fungal infections or pest infestations.
There are some disadvantages that need to be considered before buying one of these stands. However, these disadvantages aren’t serious and can be avoided if you do enough research before making your purchase. If you don’t want to use one, perhaps you will like one of these alternative poles.
Moss poles are a great way to show off your plants and can be used with a variety of different types of plants. So, if you’re looking for an easy gardening solution, then I highly recommend using moss poles. Thanks for reading!
Tim is an avid gardener from the UK. He was the founder of PlantCarer.com from 2021 to Sep 2023. He sold PlantCarer.com to Aaron. He has since started his own business called Seed To Supper, which provides new gardeners all the materials you need in a box (pots, seeds, compost and instructions) to grow your own delicious and nutritious vegetables and herbs from start to finish – no garden required.