A couple of weeks ago I made some moss poles for my monstera plants. Below is one of the finished poles.
The plants attached to the poles grow in the sunroom that I call my greenhouse because even the ceiling is glass. The heat is excessive in there during the summer, so I run a ceiling exhaust fan to draw air in through the windows and have a ceiling fan running constantly. Because of that, the moss poles dry out rather quickly. The point of moss poles is to give the aerial roots of plants (usually vines such as monstera or philodendron) something to cling to and they need to be kept moist. I’ve been trying to water them from the top and the water runs down the sides and it takes forever to get them moistened. I didn’t want to tear the poles apart so I decided to try a Plant Nanny for the moss poles already made. I found a friend with a wine bottle, and we’ll see if they work. In the two days since I put it in the top of the pole, I have filled it three times and the potting medium isn’t getting wet, so that is a plus. The moss is only moist a few inches down, so I may have to fill the bottle more often. I think it is so hot right now (high nineties all week here in Michigan) that no matter what I do, I won’t be able to keep up. When it is cooler, it should stay moist longer.
Enter the PVC pipe
There has to be a better way. I decided to make another pole for a Rhaphidophora tetrasperma ‘Ginny’ and thought of another way to make one. If I put a hole-filled pipe down the middle of the moss pole, I could pour water into the pipe and it would moisten the moss. So I went to the hardware store, bought 1/2″ PVC pipe, caps for one end of the pipe, and outdoor adhesive.
Drill holes in the PVC
I capped off the end, gluing the cap with Loctite Stik n’ Seal adhesive so the water wouldn’t leak out the end into the potting medium. I then used a 3/32″ drill bit to drill holes every couple of inches down the pipe. I wasn’t worried about it being perfect. There are no holes drilled on the part of the pole that will be under the soil line but did drill a couple of holes near the bottom so there wouldn’t be stagnant water standing in the bottom of the pipe.
Adding the PVC pipe
I made the poles the same way as before, but placed the hole-filled PVC pipe in the middle of the pole, surrounding it with the moss. When it starts to dry out, I can pour water into the pipe which will then seep out of the small holes into the moss. I just made this today so the moss is thoroughly wet. I will find out if the hole-filled pipe works when it dries out.
Will it work?
I hope this works. It makes sense that it will, right? Have any of you ever tried this? Did it work? Let me know in the comments.
Have a great day and let me know if you make any moss poles for your plants.
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