MAKE A SUSHI ROLL MOSS POLE
HOW TO MAKE A MOSS POLE USING THE SUSHI ROLL METHOD
Moss poles are a great addition to support your tropical climbing houseplants. The natural habitat of these plants is a tropical rainforest (hot, moist, lush). Any of your climbing plants - typically Aroids such as plants in the Philodendron or Pothos family, prefer a moist environment and a solid place to climb that mimics their natural environment.
This is a step by step guide on creating a simple Moss Pole with Coconut Coir Sheeting + Spagnum Moss to support your climbing houseplant.
Assembly Time: 10-15 minutes per pole
Potting with Coco Pole: an additional 10 minutes per potted plant
- COCONUT COIR MAT / LINER - for outside the pole. We are using 24"L x 6"W as outside material for the pole.
- CLIMBING PLANT OF YOUR CHOICE - we are using a Philodendron Bipennifolium (Horsehead).
- POLE - we are using a 3 ft. Bamboo pole, but you can use any pole quality of choice.
- SPAGNUM MOSS - for inside the Pole. A little goes a long way!
- WIRE - to secure the pole. We are using 26g FLORAL WIRE - each wire is 14" long.
- SCISSORS - to cut the Coconut Coir. We are using our TRIMMING SCISSORS.
- PLANT POT - to hold your plant + moss pole. We are using our available Size Large PLANT POT. But we recommend using a 6"+ deep pot for a moss pole this size.
- POTTING SOIL - to pot your plant + moss pole with.
- SOIL SCOOP (optional) - to pot your plant + moss pole with and avoid messy hands.
- SPRAY BOTTLE OR WATERING CAN (optional) - to keep the moss pole moist!
- WATER - to keep the moss pole moist and water your plant after repotting.
You can easily create your own DIY Climbing Pole following these simple steps:
1. Select your CLIMBING PLANT OF CHOICE and check the Pot size. We are using a Philodendron Bipennifolium (aka Philodendron Horsehead) in a 6" Pot.
NOTE: For this size Pole you will need to use a pot that is at least 6" in depth so that it is deep enough to hold the Pole.
2. Soak your dried SPAGNUM MOSS in a bowl of WATER. A little Moss goes a long way and will double in size once it is soaked in the water. Only add enough water so the moss is wet, you do not need tons of excess water.
2. Lay out your 2 ft. COCONUT COIR MAT flat on a table and place your 3 ft BAMBOO STICK at then end of the mat with the 1ft extra length hanging at the bottom of the mat.
3. Cut your COCONUT COIR approximately 6-8" in width. Width depends on how thick you would like to make your pole. We cut 6" to make a slimmer pole.
4. Next add an even layer of SPAGNUM MOSS on top of the BAMBOO STICK and COCONUT COIR MAT along the entire length of the mat.
***Don't add too much MOSS just as you should not add too much rice when you are making a SUSHI ROLL. If it has too much filling, it will be hard to roll and will spill out the sides.
5. Tightly roll the mat keeping the SPAGNUM MOSS concealed inside the COCO COIR.
***Just as you would roll your SUSHI ROLL - roll forwards while holding the filling with your fingers.
6. Grab your WIRE and starting from the bottom. Set 2-3" up from the bottom edge - wrap and secure with WIRE.
Next, tie the top off 2-3" from the top edge with WIRE. Then tie the center with wire.
NOTE: You can also you string instead of wire, but we have found wire is easiest to maneuver.
7. Add More wire evenly spaced between the center, top and bottom, We added (7) wires total but you can add as few or as many as you desire.
***Wire placement should be added just as you would cut your SUSHI ROLL - start with larger sections and add more wire as needed to achieve the desired size/spacing.
Double check all MOSS is secure inside COIR and does not fall out - give the pole a quick shake.
10. Now that your Coco Coir Moss Pole is complete - we recommend adding to your PLANT OF CHOICE when you are re-potting so that you can safely place the base of the pole next to the root of your plant.
NOTE: If you insert the pole into a Potted Plant (without re-potting) you risk damaging the roots!
11. Next, be sure to gently wrap your PLANT OF CHOICE around the pole to encourage it to climb up the pole as it grows. We are using more WIRE to securely attach the plant to the pole.
NOTE: Please be sure to tie loosely with your wire or whichever material you are using, as you do not want the wire to cut or hurt your plant as it grows.
Once your plant + moss pole are potted - be sure to mist or water your Moss pole to keep moist. If your environment is more dry, you will need to water more frequently.
We prefer to use a watering can with a spout and water from the top of the pole to let the water drip down the pole. But you can also just use a spray bottle to mist the pole as well!
1 YEAR LATER....
As your plant continues to grow, you can continue to help guide the stems around the moss pole and secure it with more wire or string as needed.
Lastly, if your plant out grows your moss pole you can build a larger moss pole. Or, you can technically attach another pole to the end of the existing pole to the extend the height, but it will be a challenge keeping this balanced!
Alternatively, once your plant reaches the top of the Moss Pole, you can train it to grow back down the Pole for additional space.
There are many methods for creating moss poles and different types of moss poles in existence. We prefer this specific method, as Spagnum moss can be messy when used on its own. Moss is a great material for retaining moisture and requires less misting (yay!). In combination with the moss, Coconut Coir acts as the perfect outer layer to contain the Spagnum Moss. The coir visually presents a cleaner look and you can avoid dealing with flaking moss as it dries. Lastly, this pole is made of all natural materials for your houseplant to climb on.
- GROWTH SUPPORT - provides a natural support for stems and roots of your climbing houseplants
- PROVIDE MOISTURE / HUMIDITY - the materials of the moss pole help retain water and help provide a moist environment for your plant
- LARGER LEAVES / MORE FENESTRATIONS - as the plant grows and roots bind to the pole, the plant becomes sturdier and able to support more weight + grows closer to the light
- TRAIN WILD PLANT GROWTH - providing a moss pole allows you to train the growth of your plant in one direction, creating a cleaner aesthetic
- MORE SPACE - training your plant to grow vertical creates more space around the base of your plant + plant pot
- LESS MESSY - Spagnum moss is contained within the outer Coco Coir layer and less likely to flake and fall off over time
- ECO-FRIENDLY - all materials used for this moss pole are natural and can be composted after use.
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