Cultivate a Vertical Paradise: Discover the Best Plants for Moss Poles
Struggling to make the most out of your limited indoor space and yearning for a lush, green tropical paradise? You’re not alone, and the solution is simpler than you think!
Dive into our comprehensive guide on the Plants That Love Moss Poles and gain inspiration as we count down our favorite climbing plants!
So, are you ready to start your gardening adventure?
Let’s dive in!
What Makes an Indoor Plant Suitable for a Moss Pole?
First, a moss pole is like a little tree trunk made of moss.
It’s a support structure that allows certain indoor plants to grow upwards, mimicking their natural growing conditions in the wild.
Now, you might be wondering which plants are suitable for moss poles. Here are a few key things to look out for:
- Climbing or vining plants: These plants love growing upwards and will naturally latch onto the moss pole. Think of it as their personal climbing frame!
- Aerial roots: If you’ve ever seen little brown nubs along the stem of a plant, those are aerial roots. Plants like these love moss poles because they can attach their roots for extra support.
- Large Leaves: Plants with larger leaves often appreciate the extra support a moss pole can provide. This helps them to grow bigger and healthier!
Some common indoor plants that love moss poles include Monstera Deliciosa (Swiss Cheese Plant), Philodendron varieties, and Pothos. These plants will happily cling to and grow up a moss pole, making your indoor jungle even more lush and green.
Best Plants for Moss Poles
Monstera Deliciosa – One of the Best
Monsteras can’t resist climbing a moss pole; they simply love it!
Adding a moss pole to your Monstera’s pot symbolizes its preferred natural condition – think of the rainforests where these beauties originate from, where they latch onto tree trunks and happily climb toward the sunlight.
Plus, it’s not just fun. The extra support the moss pole provides encourages your Monstera to grow larger, healthier leaves with those fabulous fenestrations (splits) we all adore. Fact: bigger leaves increase photosynthesis, resulting in healthier growth overall! As the plant grows vertically, it also offers spectacular dimensions to your decor.
Monstera Albo Borsigiana – A Close Cousin
Even though we have already introduced the Monstera Deliciosa, we couldn’t resist showcasing a close cousin, the Monstera Albo Borsigiana. The variegated leaves are just too beautiful not to include.
Like their cousins, the Monstera Albo is an epiphyte, a plant that attaches itself to the trunks of trees via aerial roots. This growing behavior makes them perfect for moss poles and allows them to grow vertically to create different levels for your indoor garden.
Their upward growth and white and green leaves make them appear like artwork rather than a plant baby.
Philodendrons (family Araceae)
Seeing a philodendron happily climbing a moss pole is a real treat. As tropical climbers, philodendrons love to ascend the textured surface of a moss pole, creating an attractive vertical display reminiscent of their natural environment.
What’s magical here is not just the visual appeal, though that’s certainly part of it – this partnership also bolsters the health of your philodendron. The moss pole encourages larger leaf growth and better air circulation. Plus, there’s something quite soothing in watching your philodendron gently envelop its moss pole over time.
While we’re on the topic of philodendrons, we thought we’d take the opportunity to include one of our favorite members of the family, the Philodendron Brasil.
Even though the image above doesn’t necessarily show the Brasil on a moss pole, these plants also develop aerial roots that easily attach themselves to moss poles.
This,w coupled with the speedy growth rate, means the Philodendron Brasil can quickly become a feature plant in your indoor plant collection.
Epipremnum Pinnatum Variegata – An Underrated Delight
For those who haven’t heard of the Epipremnum Pinnatum Variegata before, we’re looking at the beautiful plant on the very left of the image.
Our favorite is the Dragon Tail variety, which tends to have more tapered leaves narrow towards the tip. You can read more about them HERE.
These magnificent plants are one of our favorites. Not only do they look spectacular, but they are fast-growing and easier to care for than other highly sought-after variegated indoor plants.
Peperomia – Small & Bountiful
Certain peperomia varieties’ inherent vining nature allows them to adapt well to vertical growth on moss poles naturally. They weave their way upwards with an enchanting spiraling effect that is mesmerizing to watch. The moss pole also supports the fleshy leaves and stems with equal light exposure, promoting balanced growth.
What makes peperomia so visually delightful are its variegated, colorful leaves! Some have quirky symmetrical designs; others flaunt shades of green that gradient to red or purple — truly promoting wonder at Mother Nature’s palette!
Monstera Adonsonii on Moss Poles
Yes, we have another Monstera for you. This time, the infamous Monstera Adonsonii is the holey cousin to the Monstera Deliciosa.
These beautiful epiphytic plants love to climb a moss pole because it provides the perfect air circulation for their leaves (because the holes in their leaves weren’t enough!😉)
Like their cousins, the Adonsonii provide a beautiful tropical feel to a home and will make other plant parents green with envy!
Monstera Dubia – Nice and Intimate
If you are looking for something a bit different, try your hand at the Monstera Dubia.
This Monstera’s growing habits are vastly different from its more popular cousins because the leaves don’t grow out and hang away from the moss pole.
Instead, they tend to grow flush against the pole, looking like they have been plastered on like a living sculpture.