Would you like a DIY Project useful for nearly all kinds of plants? If yes, there is a DIY moss pole to support your plant to be fresh and vivid. Recently, dear Ashleigh shared a DIY moss pole idea on her Instagram account in a very detailed and useful way which has been the inspiration for this post. So what is this craft? To put it simply, the pole is an easy way of preventing the plant’s drooping stance. Not only does it ensure a decent look, but it also has a few useful points more.
DIY Moss Pole
Materials & Tools
- Plastic mesh (or vinyl netting),
- Damp sphagnum moss,
- PVC pipe with its’ cap
- Cotton rope for absorbing water
- Zip ties (10 or 12 pieces)
- Wire clipper
1. First of all, you should tie the cotton rope to the point where the PVC pipe will meet the soil. This cotton rope will provide self-watering for your plants. After this, wrap the rope around the pipe to the top and tie another knot at the top. Then you can measure and cut the remaining rope so it can be fed inside the pipe and reach the bottom of the planter.
2. Then, you should arrange the vinyl netting’s dimensions in a way to fit the pot’s size and the plant’s length. Importantly, it shouldn’t be too wide. Otherwise, you will have made too thick a moss pole.
3. Fill a full of damp sphagnum moss into this arranged plastic mesh.
4. Overlap the moss-filled netting from two sides tightly. Starting from the end of the netting, tie with zips the openings in a certain row.
5. Having finished the zip ties work, use a wire clipper to clip the extra bits. The DIY moss pole is ready to put in a planter now.
The existing pot will be too narrow with the moss pole. For that reason, the new planter should be a little bigger than the existing one. In a sense, you are going to repot it. So it should be watered a night before due to transplant shock. Take out the plant from the pot. Untie the roots and clean them. Before putting the moss pole and the plant into the new pot, add 1-2 inches of soil as the base soil. After that put both of them and add the rest of the soil.
Producing Enough Humidity
To begin with, a DIY moss pole plays a key role to meet the humidity need of the plant. Specifically, if you grow a tropic plant, for example, Monstera, Parlor Palm, Kentia Palm, Green Velvet Alocasia, and so forth. Meanwhile, how does it produce humidity? Surely, having topped up enough water, the moss pole holding enough water ensures the humidity for plants with the help of the cotton rope. That’s why the moss pole is a good humidity producer because it provides a self-watering system for your plants.
Keeping A Plant Manageable
Secondly, it helps to manage climbing plants such as Arrowhead Plant. Such types of plant branches and stems could be pinned onto a DIY moss pole. For example, an ivy plant wrapping it up spirally will add more beauty to the plant’s look. Besides, any plant could also benefit from sphagnum mosses because of containing micronutrients. What’s more, it is anti-fungal.
Helping The Propagation
On the other hand, it ensures propagation for many plants. I mean, air layering could be also done in this way, But how? Peel a thin layer on the stem via a knife. After then, cover it with sphagnum mosses. A certain time later, the plant’s stem starts rooting. Having cut the rooted stem, plant it in a different pot. This way, it could propagate easily much more.