Monstera Support Ideas

If you’re reading this, your delicious monster has undoubtedly reached the point in its life where it requires some vertical support. This is, in fact, a very good thing for your plant, as it means that it is growing happily and healthily enough to the point where it requires help to support its substantial growth.

There are several options for supporting your monstera, and the choice most often comes down to aesthetic preference as well as the size, weight, and age of the plant. Moss poles are the most common option, imitating a tree trunk; other options include coco coir, trellises, bamboo poles, and stakes.

By choosing proper support for your monstera and installing it correctly, you will ensure that the plant is happily able to grow in a vertical direction without taking up too much space in your home while simultaneously ensuring the optimal health of the plant throughout its lifespan.

Why Should You Support Your Monstera Vertically?

Supporting your monstera will, first and foremost, aid in the creation of a growth habitat that is as near to the original as possible. You can ensure that the plant can reach its maximum potential by simulating its original natural environment as far as possible.

Because the plant is accustomed to having the support of a nearby tree in nature, in the home environment, it needs assistance in growing upwards, attaching its aerial roots to whatever is close by to give it added support. The plant will struggle without vertical support, potentially causing damage to the stems and the large leaves in the long term.

By appropriately supporting your monstera’s vertical growth, you’ll ensure that it grows into the healthiest plant possible, complete with large, attractive leaves and numerous fenestrations.

Allowing your monstera to grow vertically and attaching itself to a support (as is typical of an epiphyte) is also a good way to avoid the wild, disorderly appearance that comes with horizontally growing monsteras. The plant can become messy if it is not linked to a vertical support, with overlapping leaves and aerial roots all over the place with nowhere to go.

Your monstera will start to look a lot neater and, as a result, a lot more beautiful once you attach the plant to a vertical support and link the aerial roots to the support.

Rubber ties are an important item to make use of to attach the plant to the support because these will ensure that the plant is securely attached while avoiding damage to the plant as can be caused by metal ties.

Monstera with vertical support

How Do You Know When Your Monstera Needs Vertical Support?

The development of aerial roots is one of the first signals that your monstera requires vertical support. Aerial roots do not appear in younger plants, but as the plant matures and the stems thicken, aerial roots will appear. This indicates that the plant is actively seeking something to attach itself to in order to begin growing vertically.

Young monstera grow vertically until their stems become heavy, after which time they begin to droop. If the stems begin to bend and arch, that’s another warning that the plant needs assistance.

This is a sure sign that the plant has become too hefty to hold itself up. In these situations, it’s essential to start supporting the plant vertically as soon as possible, as the bent or arching stems can be difficult to realign afterward.

Another telling sign that your monstera is in severe need of vertical support is significant horizontal growth. The plant’s horizontal growth is due to a lack of vertical support, which prevents it from growing higher, so the plant will continuously grow in a horizontal direction, quickly filling up the floor space of your home.

Whenever you decide to repot your monstera (which should be done every 2 years), whether it shows any of the above indicators or not, this is a good time to think about vertical support. Inserting vertical support during repotting is significantly easier than it is to do later during the plant’s growth.

Moss Pole Supports

Monstera with Moss Pole

Moss poles are an excellent choice because the dampness in the moss accurately mimics the moist surface of a tree trunk, providing the ideal surface for aerial roots to connect to. The moss pole’s texture will provide a surface for the aerial roots to attach to with ease.

Coco Coir Pole Supports

A coco coir pole, which is formed from the outer husk of coconuts, is similar to a moss pole. The coco coir is wrapped around a timber support, and this type of store-bought support pole comes in a variety of diameters that can be connected. This allows you to increase the length of the pole as the plant grows larger, without having to remove and replace the support.

Bamboo Cane Supports

Bamboo canes, which can be obtained at any hardware shop, perform well as a support for a monstera, especially if they are arranged in a “tepee” structure above the plant for added support. However, because these canes are thin, they may not be able to support a particularly heavy plant.

Related: Propagate Monstera

U-shaped Bamboo Supports

There are also U-shaped bamboo cane supports that can be crossed across to produce a column shape. This is an effective method of supporting your monstera; however, it must be noted that the aerial roots will have nothing to attach to in this case.

Trellis Supports

Trellises are usually manufactured in either timber or metal and usually come in either a triangular or a rectangular shape. The advantage of a trellis support over a single pole support is that it allows for more sturdy support thanks to a system that utilizes multiple supports and points of contact with the soil.

Rectangular trellises usually have the added feature of horizontal bars that allow you to attach the stems without having them slide down the pole.

Stake Supports

Garden stakes are available in a wide variety of shapes and sizes, and so you will easily be able to find one that works best for your circumstances. There are numerous ways in which this support option can be configured, and so this option might work best when trying to implement vertical support for a monstera that is already significantly overgrown.

Homemade Sphagnum Moss Pole Support

This necessitates a mesh layer that is large enough to wrap around a pole (such as an old broom handle). Cover the mesh with a layer of sphagnum moss and wrap it around the pole, making sure it’s securely fastened.  Aerial roots can attach themselves to the surface of coco coir and sphagnum moss poles, giving the plant a secure hold.

Also Check: Repotting Monstera

How To Add Support To Your Monstera

The best time to add a support structure to your monstera is when repotting the plant. This is because when repotting, the plant is already being removed from its pot, and it will be easier to add another element into the new pot without disturbing the existing root system.

If possible, the best place to put your support is in the center of the pot when using a pole support, such as one made of sphagnum moss or coco coir. It’s also possible to use a support on one side of the pot where the support is most needed and adding another support at a later stage as the plant grows.

Ensure that the support is buried in the pot as far as possible, as this will create the sturdiest possible support system for your monstera. Once the support is in place, continue with the repotting of the monstera as usual, and check that the support remains firm.

Attach the large stems of the plant to the support using either garden twine, plant wire, or the aforementioned rubber ties, which will prevent damage to the plant. The aerial roots should be wrapped around the support and attached wherever possible.

As the plant grows and the stems become larger and more numerous, these will also need to be attached to the support.

Monstera plant

Conclusion

Whether you choose to make your own support for your monstera or you opt to purchase one of the nifty store-bought options, you can be assured that if installed properly, the support will ensure a healthy, happy plant that continues its upward growth trajectory to ultimately produce a spectacular specimen of a monstera.

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