Once in a while, even the most meticulously cared-for Monstera needs to be staked. This means that if you look after your Monstera, it will grow into a giant plant that needs help.
They are aroids, which evolved to climb trees, rock faces, and other structures. Unfortunately, the trunks and stems of these trees don’t grow strong, so they can’t support their own weight once they get big.
A lack of assistance causes them to wobble and lose their balance. In addition, they became susceptible to snapped vines and weakened roots. Also, they can become unstable in their pots, which makes them more likely to topple over.
Each type of Monstera has specific requirements, but only a genuinely monstrous specimen such as Monstera deliciosa requires the most help.
If they are forced to bear their own weight, these majestic monsters can snap under their own weight, damaging your poor plant.
How Do You Keep Monstera Upright?
Both the moss pole and the stake can be used to keep your monstera upright. There are advantages and disadvantages to each option.
An absorbent structure, a moss pole is filled with moss, coco coir, or other moss-like material. As they retain water, they encourage the growth of new roots for climbing plants. In fact, monsteras will grow happily on anything with moss on it, including moss poles.
However, a moss pole must be maintained regularly. In addition, it’s difficult to remove the Monstera once they’ve outgrown the stake because they need regular drenching.
On the other hand, you can be more creative when using a stake. For example, it’s easier to repot or reshape your Monstera as it grows because it doesn’t become as firmly attached.
In addition, stakes are much more adaptable and can be found in various sizes and shapes to match any pot, plant, or room design.
And suppose you’re lucky enough to have a large, dramatic Monstera deliciosa. In that case, a tall stake is much easier to manage than a heavy, soggy moss pole.
When to Stake your Monstera
Stake your Monstera if any of the following conditions are met:
- The Monstera is top-heavy or unbalanced in its pot, and it frequently topples.
- While growing, the Monstera appears to be unstable.
- The upward growth is unsupported.
While some large Monsteras must be staked to support their weight, staking a smaller variety like M. adanosonii is optional.
Using a decorative stake and draping a shorter, more delicate Monstera is a great way to highlight its natural beauty. These fenestrated fantasies are worthy of display.
Best Way to Stake a Monstera
As part of a repotting, I like to stake my Monstera. It allows me to double-check that the stake is in the proper place, free of drainage holes, and ready to support the weight of the plant.
In addition, the stake will be more stable if it is inserted deeper into the soil during potting, so this is the best time to do it.
There are risks associated with staking a potted plant, but the benefits outweigh those risks. Stabbing into the soil can cause damage to the plant’s roots.
Still, it’s an excellent way to get a better look at how it’s growing and where additional support is needed.
Don’t rush the stake-in process. Take your time and carefully insert the stake’s point into the ground. If you run into problems, it’s most likely because of a problem at the root. Set the stake aside and work it past with care. Aim for the bottom of the pot if possible, but if it’s stable, you’re good to go.
In general, it is best to stake the plant at the base of the stem. However, staggering the plant with multiple stakes is necessary for a genuinely epic Monstera.
How to Make a Stake for Monstera
Making your own stake allows you to tailor it to the specific requirements of your Monstera.
Take a look at your plant and note its current weight and shape. To keep the vines from snapping, you’ll need sturdy support that’s long enough to accommodate future growth. Make sure the stake is long enough to fit into the pot.
Long pieces of wood or bamboo, plastic poles, metal rods, and even natural branches are all excellent options. Whatever you choose, make sure to inspect for any rough spots or protrusions.
Natural branches are my favorite because of their shape and versatility. Still, I always smooth out any rough edges before using them to avoid damaging the leaves or vines.
How to Stake Monstera with Bamboo
For staking your Monstera, bamboo is an excellent choice. I like it because it’s sturdy but lightweight, versatile, and easy to put up. It’s also readily available, already cut to size, and ready to go when you need it. (Check out the prices on Amazon here)
It’s essential to make sure that your plant’s length matches the length of your potting soil insert. Then, once the Monstera is firmly planted in the ground, you can attach it to the pole with ties.
How Do You Tie a Plant to Stake?
Choosing the suitable material to attach your Monstera to its stake is essential if you aren’t using one of the many stake kits that include ties.
The best materials are those made of soft synthetic fibers. They won’t harbor fungi or mounds like natural materials like twine or wool, and they’ll last the plant’s entire life.
Narrow strips of nylon or polyester, salvaged from old clothes, are some of my preferred materials. It’s an eco-friendly option that will also be good for your Monstera.
A half-inch wide and long piece of fabric is all that is needed to make a bracelet. With it in place, you can gently secure the plant.
Of course, you can always just buy the commercial ties and get right to the point. Investing in a good set of reusable relations can prove to be an unexpectedly wise decision.
Velcro-style and reusable ties, which can be cut to any length, are ideal for Monsteras because of their strength and support. (Check out the prices on Amazon here)
Keep the Monstera’s growth in mind when tying it up, no matter what method you use. Wrapping the tie too tightly around the plant can cut off circulation as the plant grows larger. Instead, allow for some breathing room.
Work your way up from the base of the Monstera, securing the vines as you go. Make sure to support the weight of the remaining leaves and vines. Check the pot’s balance regularly and make adjustments if necessary.
In no time at all, you’ll have your Monstera and its glossy, verdant leaves well supported and ready to brighten any corner of your house or office.