Build an Easy DIY Moss Pole for Climbing Indoor Houseplants!


Two new house plants have made it into
the Epic collection. What’s up guys? Kevin from Epic Gardening here,
so we have the Monstera adansonii, which very popular plant. It’s the Swiss Cheese Monstera
it’s got like little holes in it, smaller growth habits, smaller leaves
in general than a Monstera deliciosa. Then you have what might be one of the
more popular plants of 2020 already, which is the Rhaphidophora
tetrasperma or the mini Monstera, so very much similar in looks to Monstera
deliciosa but the leaves and the plant itself are just smaller. Now,
why are these so small? Well, I really love personally
growing my house plants. I’d rather grow them from smaller points
in their life than just buy them fully grown or at the size that I
would want them in my home. That’s just my preference. To me, that’s the fun of growing plants in
general rather than just buying it as a decoration, I guess you could say. If you were to say buy like a five foot
fiddle leaf, that’s kind of just it. It just sits there and you don’t have to
do a whole lot. So I like growing them. And what we’re going to do in this
video is we’re going to set these up for success. So I have these two awesome pots for
them and these are both climbing vining plants. So if we provide them
something to climb up, they’ll do it. So what we’re gonna do is we’re taking,
this is pretty heavy, this gopher wire, and we’re going to cut it with some tin
snips and we’re going to make moss poles for both of these plants and
pot them up in this video. Okay. Our first step is to grab our material
that the moss is going to be stuffed into. So, you don’t have to
use gopher wire. In fact, there’s probably better things to use.
This is what I found at my local nursery, so it’s what I’m going to
use. I know some people, there’s this guy on
Instagram, Craig Milran, who uses like a plastic wired netting
that can work perfectly fine and also it’s green. So it might have a little bit
more of the look you’re going for, but I’m okay with this utilitarian style. And so it looks like this comes slightly
bent or slightly shorter right here. So what I’m going to do is trim it to
right here first. So we’ll come down, I recommend these tin snips if you are
cutting something this hefty duty because heavy duty, excuse me, because it just
makes short work of it really quickly. So we’re going to do that and I
think I want to have it be maybe, I don’t know, like two and a half, two to three inches in diameter. So that means we do a little math and
you just calculate the circumference that we need and that’s what
you’ll end up cutting. So I think it ends up being somewhere
around seven or eight inches or so, just off the top of my head. But we will probably have to
do some measuring as well. Okay. So we have our our skeleton here and
now we just want to get it roughly into that pole shape. Thing I like about
the gopher wire is once it’s bent, it’s very moldable so you can actually
bend it more or less into the actual full pole. But I’m going to just halfway bend
it open or bend it closed, excuse me, so we can actually stuff the moss in. And I’m just using for this just a little
bit of green moss. You can see here, big old thing of moss and we’re going to
stuff it in here pretty tight I think. Ooh, let’s open that up. Ooh nice. I love working with
some of this moss. Okay, let’s go ahead and get this in here. We’ll pack it in pretty tight because
it’ll settle, it’ll decompose, it’ll do all sorts of things. So we’re just going to slowly
slowly pack in our moss. Yeah, so when I’m putting in the moss here, I’m just starting bottom to top and just
putting a lit light layer in that I can then pack in if I want to. Cause you can, you can pack in a decent amount of
this honestly and it, it’ll stay. You want to give the plant
something to really grip into. So if you just loosely pack like
this and then wrap up the pole, it won’t be as effective, at least in my opinion because if we
think about how these plants really grow, they’re not climbing up some
sort of loose airy structure. They’re climbing up the
trunks of trees, you know, things like that that are pretty solid. So we don’t need to be afraid
to really pack the moss in. And moss can actually
be somewhat expensive. So I understand the hesitation,
but get aggressive with it. Pack this bad boy up and you will be
in a much better spot when it comes to actually caring for these plants.
And you don’t have to do this. Remember this is just totally optional. You can grow your Monstera adansonii and
any of your climbing trailing plants, you can grow them as is in
a pot. It’s totally fine. So don’t worry about it.
Let’s go ahead and pack in. And now we have the slightly trickier
part and that’s actually putting this all together. So I’m going to compact it. You can see what it starts
to look like on the outside. It looks really nice and looking on the
outside is a good way to spot if you have any loose areas, like right here
for example is a little bit less packed. So what I’ll do is I’ll just
scoop up some of this debris, put it in and push it in. And there you
go. We’re, we’re nice and packed up. So what I have now is I got my tin snips
again and I have some of this wire that was left from the the gopher wire. And so I can use this as my twine of sorts
and I’ll just cut off little sections and we’ll attach it to our moss pole. So let’s go ahead and make the
bend. Once you’ve secured it, you can actually kind of roll it around
and really make it nice and aesthetic, the overall shape, so you don’t
have to stress too much about that. Let’s go ahead and get
this thing closed up. Okay. We have the, we
have the rough shape of it and it took a little longer than
I thought, but it’s a little bit, it’s a little bit wonky as far as
its shape. So I’m just gonna do it. Give it a little gentle massage here. We’ll get it nice and cylindrical again. That’s the beauty I think of the gopher
wire over something else is it really does hold its shape. So whatever you bend it to
that’s just how it’s going to be. And that’s exactly how I like to live
my life. Okay, so we’ve got it in, moss pole number one is complete.
Wow! That actually looks really nice. I’m pretty stoked about this. Look at
this thing guys. That is a beautiful pole. Yeah, I think our plants are really going
to like that. Okay, cool. Number two, here we go. We got both of
them. So they are pretty tall. Maybe like two-ish feet tall. Plenty of room for our Monstera adansonii
and our Rhaphidophora tetrasperma to grow. So the next step is to take these bad
boys and get them into their pots. We’re going to pop them up with some
soil from Espoma Organic who are the sponsors of the video. So thanks to them
and let’s go ahead and get to it. Okay. We have a pot that has magically appeared. It is a glazed stoneware medium
egg, and it looks amazing. It’s kind of big. And the reason why I chose one this big
is not because I think that putting this plant in here is in such a big
pot it’s gonna make it explode. It’s mostly just because we have a moss
pole that we need to fit in and secure somehow. So I have this moss pole and what I
think I’m going to do is sync it to about there or so, so there’s a nice amount of support
and then I’m going to fill around. So that’s our prescription.
That’s what we’re going to do. This is going to be for the adansonii
and we’re using Espoma Organic Potting Mix. I hauled this big
old bag up here, whew, and my heart’s actually beating.
That’s how out of shape I am. I need some plant-based workouts, guys,
comment down below. But it’s a really, really high quality mix. It’s one of my favorites in the indoor
world and for our adansonii and for our Rhaphidophora tetrasperma it’s going to
be completely fine cause they want that rich and organic matter,
all-around solid potting mix. They don’t have any crazy special
requirements like an orchid or an African violet or something like that. So let’s
fill it up and let’s get the pole in. So I’ve got it about maybe six inches
down or so and I think that should be fine. I’m going to offset it from the center
so we can put our adansonii right here and now we just need to backfill. Let’s take our little guy out and align
it before we fill the rest of the soil in. And spill soil as we do it because
that’s what we do here at Epic Gardening. A little messy always. Okay.
That’s exactly where I want it. I want it budding more or less
right up against the moss pole, right about there, and now we
can go ahead and fill the rest. Well, would you look at that?
It has got its new home, quite these skyscraper to climb up. You almost get vertigo
looking at it from that angle. Let’s go ahead and get our
Rhaphidophora tetrasperma all set up. Our Rhaphidophora is in and
it is set up for success. Looking really good. Whew. So our plants are now hanging out in
the Epic backyard, the shady zen oasis, and I’m going to grow them out here. I might just leave them on this table
for awhile because from here we’re not getting a whole lot of light like it’s
like pretty much a classic, bright, indirect light. But it does get
a little bit of evening sun, maybe from like 4:00 to
5:30 PM. So not too bright, but it’s going to be better than growing
them indoors because these pots are so large that I don’t really have a good
light indoors to properly light these. There’s nothing to really place these on, especially with the moss pole coming up.
So it should grow really, really well. What I’ll do is I’ll put updates up on
my Instagram as I start to tie this and attach it upwards cause I’m really
excited to see how these perform. If you’ve ever done this before, if
you have any suggestions or comments, drop them down below. Again,
super excited about this. Tag me on Instagram if you end up making
your own moss poles and until next time, good luck in the
garden and keep on growing.

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