Monsteras are climbing plants, which means they put out aerial roots to attach themselves to other trees in the rain forest and “climb” upward toward the light. Pretty cool, right?

This means that if you keep a monstera in your home, it will need something in its pot to climb. Some monstera owners opt for a trellis, a wall, or even an indoor tree, but most people go for a moss pole instead.

Moss poles are just what they sound like: sturdy sticks or poles coated with moss. These work really well because the moss provides texture that’s easy for the monstera’s aerial roots to attach to.

You can buy moss poles ready-made at some nurseries and garden stores (or online: short or tall), but a DIY moss pole is inexpensive and easy to make.

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