Monstera Plant Support: A Guide to Training and Growth

If you’re an avid plant enthusiast, you’ve probably admired a beautifully trained monstera plant on Instagram, wondering how it achieves that stunning display of growth. Well, wonder no more! In this article, I’ll share my personal experience and offer valuable advice on how to train your monstera plant using various support methods.

Choosing the Right Support

When it comes to supporting your plants, the options can be overwhelming, especially if you’re new to indoor gardening. Here are a few support options to consider:

  • Multiple Bamboo Canes: Ideal for multi-stemmed plants, bamboo canes provide flexible support that can be positioned as needed.
  • ‘U’ Shaped Cane Support: These supports can be crossed over to create an X-shaped column, providing excellent stability for monstera deliciosa plants.
  • Homemade Sphagnum Moss Pole: A beneficial support option that provides moisture for aerial roots, promoting healthy growth. Simply wrap sphagnum moss around a broom handle, securing it in place with ties.
  • Coco Coir Pole: Made from the outer husk of coconuts, these poles are thick and sturdy. They interlock as the plant grows, eliminating the need for frequent support changes.

Monstera Plant Support

Getting Started with Support

To provide support for your monstera plant, you’ll need a few essential tools:

  • Support pole of your choice
  • Trowel
  • Gardening snips or wire cutters
  • Plant ties
  • Optional: Wooden peg or chopstick

Plant Support Tools

When adding support to your monstera, consider the plant’s individual growth habit and personality. Each plant is unique, and the support should complement its natural shape to promote healthy growth and stability.

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Training Your Monstera

To begin, assess whether your monstera has enough room in its pot for support. If re-potting is unnecessary, create a hole in the soil using a trowel for sphagnum or coir poles. For cane supports, simply insert them into the potting mix.

If you need to re-pot your monstera, carefully remove the potting mix around the roots, trimming any dried or shriveled roots. If your monstera consists of multiple smaller plants, separate them and arrange them around the coir pole, allowing for natural growth around the support.

Monstera with Support

It’s crucial to position your support correctly. You can place the coir pole deep in the pot, adding potting mix around it for maximum stability. Ensure that the wooden central pole remains visible, trimming excess coir if necessary. By adding extendable parts to the top of the pole, you can avoid detaching the stems from the coir for an extended period.

Essential Tips and Tricks

When watering your monstera, be aware that the support may shift slightly as the soil settles and new leaves grow. To secure the support, consider using wooden pegs to hold it in place. Regularly adjust and check the stability of your monstera, especially if it tends to lean.

Monstera with Support

In some cases, your monstera may not naturally adjust to a support. For sprawling plants or those resistant to support, consider training new, more malleable stems as they grow. This process involves winding the stems around the pole without the need for ties. Older stems that grow at odd angles can be pruned in pairs and propagated, allowing for a fuller plant.

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Monstera Plant Propagation

Remember that every plant has its own growth pattern and characteristics. Embrace the practice of patience and experimentation as you learn and adapt to your monstera’s needs. Discover the joy of improvisation and the satisfaction of watching your monstera thrive.

A Journey of Growth

As a plant enthusiast, I recognize that caring for plants is an ongoing process of exploration. To showcase the growth potential of monstera plants, I’ve included photos from the early stages to their current appearance. Witness the transformation and be inspired to nurture your own monstera collection.

Monstera Growth

In conclusion, don’t be afraid to experiment and provide support for your monstera plant. Discover the possibilities of training and growth, gaining confidence in your plant care abilities. Remember, each monstera is unique, and with the right support, it can flourish and become a stunning centerpiece in your home.

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