Monstera plants always look at home in a pot in the corner of any room, with their gorgeous large leaves filling up any spare space. But did you know that these large-leafed beauties may need additional support if they become unmanageable? In this guide, I’ll walk you through the essentials of staking and supporting monstera plants, which offers several surprising benefits.
The Benefits of Staking Your Monstera Plants
While it’s in the plant’s nature to climb, there are several more benefits to staking your monstera plant. A stake encourages this upward growth, keeping your monstera off the floor. This ultimately prevents damage to the stems, leaves, and Monstera aerial roots.
Even better, this will encourage healthy growth. The correct support could result in your monstera plant growing larger leaves with more fenestrations. It can also assist in overall maintenance, making it easier to clean, prune, and propagate.
Additionally, a stake can improve air circulation between the leaves and stems of your Monstera plant. This helps prevent the build-up of moisture, which can lead to yellowing leaves and powdery mildew.
Over and above all this, a monstera plant climbing a stake looks unique, making your plant stand out more than it already does and keeping it looking tidy.
Types of Stakes
Before you add any old wooden pole to your monstera plant’s pot, you need to consider various factors. Namely, your monstera’s size, the type and style of stake or support you want to use, and whether it’s the right time to stake your plant.
Believe it or not, there are several types of stakes and supports out there, made up of various materials. Depending on your preference or your plant’s needs, you can choose from the following:
- Moss poles – These are often the support of choice. Moss poles best replicate a mossy jungle tree, the monstera’s natural environment, making it easier to climb. They’re often made using a PVC pipe wrapped in sphagnum moss.
- Wooden stake – Another popular choice for supporting your monstera plant is a wooden stake. While they might not replicate the plant’s natural tropical environment, they work just as well, especially for larger, older monsteras.
- Coco coir stake – Like moss poles, coco coir stakes encourage climbing by promoting aerial root growth. Additionally, they’re eco-friendly, making them the ideal choice for environmentally conscious gardeners.
- Trellis – These supports can be made of various materials, including wood, metal, or plastic, and are a great option for climbing plants. While they do encourage vertical growth, you will need to tie your monstera to the trellis.
Choosing the Right Support
While my current Monstera plant pair doesn’t need stakes just yet, I prefer the look and the benefits that come with moss poles. However, it’s essential to consider your needs, along with the size and age of your monstera plant.
It’s a given that the more significant the monstera, the bigger the stake. But, if you’ve got a slightly younger and smaller monstera, you’ll need to consider whether you want it to grow to its full potential or keep it a manageable size. This is especially the case if you’ve got a large monstera variety, like the monstera deliciosa.
Of course, another consideration is the overall aesthetic of your décor. Wood and coco coir stakes, and moss poles blend well with your plants. But you might like the look of a metal or plastic trellis.
Remember that moss poles and coco coir stakes offer the best environment for your monstera plants to climb and grow.
When to Stake Your Monstera
It’s never too early or too late to stake your monstera plant. However, some may suggest waiting until the plant produces aerial roots, which will cling to the support. On the other hand, others believe you should wait until the Monstera begins drooping.
In my experience, adding a stake when repotting a Monstera plant is much easier. You can position the stake perfectly and won’t have to worry about damaging the roots of your monstera.
How to Stake Your Monstera Plant
Now that you’ve decided what support you want, we can get into the thick of it. First things first, you’ll need:
- Your stake of choice
Depending on your stake of choice, you’ll follow slightly different staking techniques, with different ways of “planting” your support in your monstera’s pot.
Step 1: Adding Your Support
Plant or drive your stake (whether it’s a pole or trellis) into the soil, as close as possible to your monstera. If you’re using a moss or coco coir pole, you’ll need to “plant” in it the center of the pot.
In both cases, be sure to drive the stake to the bottom of the pot. This keeps the stake sturdy and as supportive as it needs to be.
Step 2: Attaching Your Monstera
Next, you’ll need to gently attach your monstera to the stake using plant ties or gardener’s twine. Wrap and fasten the tie around the stake and stems, starting at the base and adding ties every two inches or so. Avoid making it too tight, or else you can damage your plant as it grows.
If you’re using a moss pole, make sure the aerial roots and nodes come into contact with the pole. This will encourage them to begin gripping the support.
Step 3: Water Your Monstera
As with any sort of disturbance, water your monstera deeply and thoroughly when you’re done. When using a moss pole, you’ll need to water the pole too. You may need to spritz the pole every few days to better replicate the monstera’s natural environment and encourage the aerial roots to climb the pole.
Step 4: Adjusting the Support
As your monstera grows, you may need to add more ties or adjust them if they begin to slip under the weight of your growing monstera. You can remove the ties if enough aerial roots start climbing the support.
If you find that your monstera is beginning to outgrow its stake, it may be time for an upgrade.
You may face a few problems when staking your monstera:
- Choosing the wrong stake: A too-short or thin stake won’t support your monstera at all – leading to a drooping, unhappy monstera.
- Fastening the ties too much: If you fasten the ties too much, you’ll damage the stems of your monstera.
- Damaging the roots: When staking your monstera, you must be extremely careful, or else you may damage the roots. Hence, I suggest adding support when you repot your monstera.
As climbers, monstera plants will benefit from a bit of support, especially when they begin sprouting extra stems and unfurling new leaves. Staking and supporting monstera plants isn’t difficult. But you must pick the proper stake for your plant’s needs and be careful when planting the support with the monstera.
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