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Moss Pole DIY: 7 EASY Steps to Make a Perfect One!

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Have you been looking for the best moss pole to support your indoor plants? Maybe for your pothos, monstera, philodendron or any other climbing plants? The truth is that the best one out there is one that you can EASILY make yourself in 7 simple steps!

I’ve been disappointed with moss poles available on the market, and they are expensive on top of all this! I’ll show you how you can make an amazing, high quality moss post that is better and cheaper than any you will find on the market!

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The inspiration and process for how to make this moss pole was taken, with permission, from a fabulous account on Instagram @craigmilran.

Craig is an amazing interior plant designer who has done incredible things with his plant collection. I highly recommend you follow Craig!

Why would you want to make your own moss post?

  • It is higher quality and much more sturdy and durable than pre-made ones that you can purchase.
  • It is easy to make and it only requires 3 or 4 materials!
  • You can easily extend the moss pole as your plant grows.
  • Your plants will literally grow into the moss pole and help transform the juvenile leaves on your climbing houseplants into larger mature leaves. Be the envy of your plant friends!

I can’t believe I waited this long to make my own moss posts! Without further ado, here is how you can make your own moss totem. Be sure to reference the materials list with links at the very end of this post for your convenience.

DIY Moss Pole

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Make your own moss totem pole for your climbing plants! It is so easy that you will wonder why you haven't done it yet!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Active Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes

Materials

  • 1/2" 19 gauge PVC coated hardware mesh (either 2 ft x 5 ft, 3 ft x 5 ft, or any other size that you can find.)
  • Vigoro 100 ft. Plastic Coated Wire Twist with Cutter
  • Sphagnum Moss
  • Optional: Vigoro Plastic Coated Stakes (4 ft or 6 ft)

Tools

  • Pair of scissors, wire cutters or pruning shears.

Instructions

STEP 1: SOAK YOUR SPHAGNUM MOSS IN WATER

Obviously the amount of sphagnum moss that you need depends on how big your moss pole is, so go conservative so that you don't have a bunch of wet sphagnum moss left over! You only need to soak it for a minute or two, but you can leave it soaking until you are ready to use it.

If you run out of moistened moss as you're working, you can easily and quickly soak more.

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I just used a plastic tray and added warm water. Swish the moss around to make sure that everything gets wet and set this aside while you work on the next steps.

You can also use a bucket or a sink to soak the moss.

STEP 2: BEND THE HARDWARE MESH INTO A CYLINDER

I used a 1/2" x 2ft x 5ft 19 gauge PVC coated hardware mesh. So the moss post will be 2 feet tall. Since the roll is 5 feet long, it will give you enough to make 6 or 7 posts!

If you find other sizes of hardware mesh, that's fine! Just make sure the wire mesh is coated with PVC so that it is more durable and wont rust. I found one that is 1/2" x 4ft x 25 ft so this will give you 4 foot tall moss poles. The roll is 25 feet long so if you anticipate making a lot, you can get this one!

Carefully bend the hardware mesh into a cylinder as shown in the photo below. You can make the diameter as big or small as you want, but it becomes harder to make really small diameter ones.

The one I made in this how-to is about 8 ½ inches in diameter and it was very comfortable to form with my hands.

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STEP 3: CUT THE HARDWARE MESH

Use a pair of wire cutters, scissors or pruners to cut your piece of mesh for the pole.

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STEP 4: FORM THE HARDWARE MESH INTO AN OPEN CYLINDER

Next, form it into an open cylinder, allowing enough room for the next step where you add your sphagnum moss.

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STEP 5: FILL THE CYLINDER WITH PRE-MOISTENED SPHAGNUM MOSS

Squeeze any excess water out of your sphagnum moss and start filling your your entire cynlinder with the moss!

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You'll want to add a good amount so that when you close your cylinder, the moss is snug. Over time, the moss will start to degrade and get looser, so make sure it is completely filling the cylinder and that you gently pack it down.

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STEP 6: STITCH UP THE CYLINDER WITH PLASTIC COATED WIRE TWIST

Now it's time to "sew" up your cylinder and finish your project! Grab your roll of plastic coated wire twist, and start at one end of the cylinder.

Don't cut the wire twist until after you tie a couple knots together to close the cylinder. In the photo below, my hand is holding the long end of the wire roll. This will help with tightening.

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After you have added a couple knots and closed the cylinder, you can cut the wire, but you want both pieces of wire on either ends of the knot to be about 3 inches long or so.

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Continue adding these stitches about every 6 inches or so until your cylinder is complete!

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The reason you are leaving longer twists attached to the pole is for the future when you may need to reinforce your moss pole for a heavier plant. I'll talk about this a bit later.

STEP 7: REPOT YOUR PLANT OF CHOICE AND ADD THE MOSS POLE

Lastly, place the moss pole at the bottom of an empty pot. Place the plant in next and tie the plant against the moss pole. And finally, fill in with your potting mix!

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Next, cut more plastic coated wire twists to secure your plant's stems to the moss pole.

In the photo below, there was an aerial root growing on my Monstera (circled) and I secured it right below so that the root can grow into the moss.

Simply slip a piece of the wire twist under one square of the mesh grid and twist it around the stem to secure it.

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That's it! You're done for now!

REINFORCING THE MOSS POLE FOR HEAVY PLANTS

It is not necessary though, but if you have a heavier plant, you can reinforce your moss pole for more strength. Simply use a plastic coated stake to reinforce the moss pole, and then you can use the ties that you had left attached to the moss pole when you first stitched it up, to tie the stake as in the photo below.

You can get a plastic coated 4 ft stake, or a 6 ft stake. There may be other sizes out there, but just choose one that is the same length as the moss pole you are trying to reinforce.

You can add the plastic coated stake in the beginning, or insert it later and then simply twist the plastic coated twists that you already have on the moss pole.

Reinforcing the moss pole with a stake is also helpful if you are extending your moss pole...which takes us to the next section.

EXTENDING YOUR MOSS POLE

At some point, your plant will reach the top of your moss pole. Once this happens, you can either cut the plant if it extends beyond the height of the pole, or you can extend your moss pole.

Here are the steps, and I will add pictures soon once I do this again. It is basically the same as what you already did when you made your original moss pole, except this time you will be working vertically this time on top of the original moss pole..

- Measure the circumference of your existing moss pole that you want to extend.

- Measure this exact amount on your roll of hardware mesh and cut it.

- Form it into a loose cylinder shape just like you did before.

- Wrap the cylinder around the top of the existing moss pole. You will want to overlap about 3 square or so. Use your plastic coated wire twist to secure the new cylinder all around the perimeter.

- Start packing moist sphagnum moss down into the new cylinder. Make sure that it is packed down pretty good at the bottom where the old moss pole meets the new cylinder.

- As you fill the cylinder, use your plastic coated wire twist to stitch the cylinder together every 6 inches or so until you reach the top.

- When you're done, go back to where the old moss pole and and the new pole that you just attached meet. Add more plastic coated wire twists to reinforce this area if needed.

- If needed, add one of the plastic coated support stakes and secure it tightly against the moss pole with the plastic coated twists.

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PLANTS TO USE A MOSS POLE ON

You can add a moss totem to any climbing plant! The benefit is that many plants, once they grow securely attached to your moss pole, will grow mature leaves that will look substantially different from their juvenile leaves.

Some examples of plants that you can add a moss pole on include, but are not limited to:

ADDITIONAL TIPS FOR YOUR MOSS POLE

  • Be sure to water your moss pole whenever you water your plant. Misting will be too hard, so take your plant to the sink, wash tub, bath tub or shower and thoroughly soak the moss pole and you can water your plant at the same time!
  • Allow your moss pole to dry out in between watering.
  • Be sure to continue to use the plastic coated wire twists to train your vines as they grow, and securely tie them to the moss pole. If you notice aerial roots on the vines, place these right against the moss pole and tie the vine to the pole. This will encourage the roots to grow into the pole.
  • When you first place your moss totem in your pot, secure your plant to it and fill the pot with soil, your totem should be pretty stable. But be careful for a while when you move it. Once the plant and roots grow, the totem will be even more stable.
  • Once your plant reaches the top of the moss pole, you can either chop the top of the plant off if it grows beyond the top, or you can extend your totem!

Lastly, if you want your moss pole to be a certain size, and you want this size from the beginning and don’t want to extend it later, you can just simple stitch two cylinders together from the beginning.

Let’s say that you have a 2 ft tall roll of hardware mesh but you want a 4 ft moss pole. Simply make two matching cylinders and join them together end to end in the beginning with the plastic coated twists!

Then you can proceed as normal with the instructions in this post. I would recommend using the plastic coated stake to reinforce your posts though since you joined 2 together. This will make your moss pole stronger.

MATERIALS LIST

Here is a materials list with different options from Amazon.

YARDGARD 308260B Hardware Cloth 48 Inch x 25 Foot, Green
$72.55

19 gague, PVC coated, 4 feet tall by 25 feet long. This one is 4 feet tall, so you don't have to worry about extending your post for a while!

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09/26/2021 11:51 pm GMT
YDSL 328ft (100m) Twist Ties,Green Coated Garden Plant Ties with Cutter for Gardening and Office Organization, Home
$7.99

Coated wire plant ties that you can cut with the built-in cutter to whatever length you need.

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09/27/2021 03:02 pm GMT
Sun Bulb Company Inc 50430 Better-Gro Sphagnum Moss, Growing Medium, 240 Grams
$12.49

High quality sphagnum moss for your moss posts, and you can also use it for propagation, growing orchids, etc.

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Comment below if you make a moss pole following these instructions. They are fun to make, and so much better than anything you will find available pre-made!

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Paula Craig

Sunday 26th of September 2021

How do I add this to an existing plant that doesn't need repotting?

Raffaele

Monday 27th of September 2021

Hi Paula! Unfortunately this exact post would be best added when you repot.

Sara

Friday 3rd of September 2021

Hi Raffael!

GREAT tutorial! Question - Could you use a pile that is half the width/thickness? Say, 4” in diameter instead of 8”. I saw a bendable moss pole not long ago but it was only. 1 or 2” thick. I understand a thicker pile will allow the aerial roots to grab onto “more” but wasn’t sure if I could do a skinnier one for aesthetic purposes. Thank you in advance!

Raffaele

Saturday 4th of September 2021

Hi Sara! Yes that will work for sure, but it will be more challenging to bend the wire mesh into a cylinder if you make one with a smaller diameter or circumference...however you're measuring it. If you can do it, go ahead! :-).

Tawny Leste-Carlson

Tuesday 31st of August 2021

I finally made my own "moss" poles but have been unable to locate spaghnum moss anywhere but the internet and unfortunately I read a lot of negative reviews for the more affordable options and problems people were having with fungus gnats. Doing more research, I discovered that a good alternative to the moss is coconut coir ~ since I had a few coco coir liners left over from outdoor container gardening I used them. They don't seem to stay moist, though. Have you heard of anyone using coir for this purpose or have any experience with it yourself?

Raffaele

Tuesday 31st of August 2021

Hi Tawny! I've never tried coconut liners, and yes you're correct that they will not absorb water like sphagnum moss. I've never had an issue with fungus gnats with sphagnum.

Severson

Sunday 8th of August 2021

Amazing thanks

Raffaele

Sunday 8th of August 2021

You're very welcome!

Michelle

Tuesday 1st of June 2021

I am having a hard time locating sphagnum moss...I’m wondering if cedar mulch would work..thoughts?

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