I don’t know about you, but I love vining houseplants.
Give me a vining philodendron, a pothos, a monstera, or even better, a big old Scindapsus treubii, and I’m as happy as a kid opening presents on their birthday.
But I only have so much room on the top of my bookshelves and cupboards for my plants to trail down.
Plus, I’m not going to lie, I’m kind of in love with the look of vining plants crawling up a moss pole, whether it’s a basic straight support or one that can be bent into creative shapes.
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A houseplant climbing up a pole makes a much more dramatic statement than some vines hanging listlessly over the side of a pot.
Of course, then there’s the whole “it’s better for the plant” thing, but that’s just a bonus, right? We’re talking about cool-looking specimen, here!
Not to trot out an old cliche, but all supports are not created equal.
I’ve fiddled with my share of weak ones that bend, or ones with shallow stakes that tip over. I had one that fell apart in a matter of months and another that rotted from the inside out within a year.
Not to fear. I’ve learned the hard way when it comes to knowing what to look for in a good support and you can take advantage of my mistakes.
We’ll go over 11 supports that can’t be beaten in this roundup. Here’s the list:
11 of the Best Moss Poles
A lot of houseplants are epiphytes. That means they naturally grow on other plants, and some of them send out aerial roots searching for something to anchor in.
Many houseplants are vining types, but we grow them in hanging baskets and let them spread out rather than giving them the support they crave.
A support lets them grow in something closer to their natural form, which makes them healthier. It improves air circulation and allows the leaves to access sunlight better.
Overwhelmed by the number of options out there? Don’t be! We’ve done the work of narrowing them down for you here.
Let’s jump in:
This support is covered in “forest moss,” which is one of several species that grow in Asia, North America, and Europe.
It forms a thick mat and retains color well. The color blends in with most plants better than the brown coco coir that is common with these poles.
Plus, this handmade support is bendable, so you can create different shapes to wrap vines around. Reviewers say that it holds its shape well, which is something those flimsier products fail to do.
It comes in ten-, 25-, 42-, 52-, and 59-inch lengths, each with a 1.5-inch diameter. You can pick one up at Amazon if this sounds like the right choice for your needs.
If you have a bunch of climbing houseplants, you’re going to need a bunch of poles. I even have one plant that requires multiple supports in a single pot.
If you don’t need anything fancy, a sturdy 36-inch dowel 1.5 inches in diameter wrapped in coco coir will do the job. So, how about 12 of them?
Tall and sturdy enough for larger specimens, these have a long anchor so your climber won’t topple over.
If you’ve ever had a pole fall over and take your plant with it, you know how much that sucks. At best, it damages your plant and at worst, the fall can kill it.
There are enough supports in this 12-pack for even the most prolific gardener.
Sound like you? Head to Home Depot to nab yours.
Lanney supports are fantastic because they stack inside each other so you can extend the height as needed.
While you could bind a taller pole to a smaller one if your plant outgrows its current setup, binding a second one to the side of the first one can be a bit unattractive and it takes up a lot of room in the pot.
Stacking is a great solution that doesn’t force you to disturb your happy plant!
The PVC centers won’t rust or deteriorate, and each pack of four from Lanney comes with zip ties, twine, and tape.
Lanney 4-Pack Coir Stackable Poles
Two 12-inch and two 17-inch poles are included with your purchase.
Both lengths are two inches in diameter, with a built-in anchor. You can stack any of these inside one another for various height options.
Snag one (or more!) packs at Walmart if the stacking system sounds like it will work for you. I know it’s been a lifesaver for me!
4. Mosser Lee
What makes the Mosser Lee design different from many others is that it has a fiber net covering sphagnum over a solid center.
A lot of poles have twine holding the covering on, which is good looking, but it limits where you can tuck the roots in and the moss will sometimes shed.
The net makes it super easy to tuck aerial roots in or tie on some support and it reduces shedding.
Two metal pins at the base let you anchor the pole into the soil, and seven pins are included to secure plants to the support.
Choose a 12-, 18-, 24-, or 30-inch lengths, each with a two-inch diameter, available at Home Depot.
5. Number One
Coco coir recreates the look of a tree trunk, which is what many epiphytes and vining plants would be growing up in the wild.
If you want to recreate that appearance rather than trying to hide the pole, this option from Number One fits the bill.
Their single option stands a full 45 inches tall, or they sell a two-pack of 25-inch poles.
Number One Bendable Plant Sticks
Either way, you’re getting a bendable wire wrapped in coco coir, along with zip ties, twist ties, and garden tape to make attaching your plant simple.
Bend the pole to make organic shapes, or leave it straight and tall. The long, narrow anchor holds everything in place.
Ready to give your plant its very own tree to climb? Walmart can make it happen.
Once your plants become really massive, two things happen.
First, you get to brag to all your friends and post photos on social media showing off. And second, finding a pole that will work can become a challenge.
RSSCIIUL makes a 63-inch design with a wire interior covered by vibrant green forest moss.
It’s bendable, so you can create shapes to make an even bigger statement with your thriving floral friend.
Plus, the anchor is a full nine inches long so it sits deep in the soil, keeping the support securely in place.
Though it’s tall, this option isn’t wide. The pole is just 1.5 inches in diameter.
Are you a proud plant parent looking for support for your larger-than-life monstera? Visit Amazon to bring this one home.
7. Syndicate H&G
This 24-inch pole is square, in contrast to the usual round ones.
This works well for adding support in square pots, especially if you plan to put the pole in the corner of the pot rather than in the center.
The bright green moss adds color to your space, so it’s decorative as well as functional, and two metal pins secure the pole into the soil.
Pick up a 24-inch pole with a two-inch width from Syndicate H&G at Walmart.
Almost all of the options you’ll find out there have a support on the inside and moss or coir on the outside. But this one from Taonmeisu has a white rigid plastic shell filled with moss.
The exterior is dotted with holes so aerial roots can access the moss, and the extendable pole can grow right along with your houseplant. Plus, the shell helps the moss retain moisture.
The kit includes one 11.25-inch pole and a 6.7-inch one, both 1.5 inches in diameter. It also includes a connector and a four-inch ground anchor. You can find this set at Walmart.
9. Terrain Coconut Fiber
Sometimes you don’t need all the bells and whistles or funky additions when a tried-and-true, basic option will do.
Terrain’s Coconut Fiber Plant Support is a thick, medium-length, sturdy pole covered in coconut fiber.
Measuring 18 inches in length and 2.5 inches in diameter with a large anchor, it’s perfect for those shorter, stockier species that need something strong.
Clips are included to fasten the plant to the pole.
10. Terrain Mossy Stakes
These mossy stakes are the perfect option for petite vines like Philodendron micans or to support orchid flowers.
These are unbendable wooden dowels covered in forest moss. Each one is 24 inches tall and half an inch in diameter.
The anchor is long enough to balance the length so you don’t have to worry about tilting or tipping.
If you use one of these to support a smaller plant that eventually outgrows it, just bind a larger one to the existing stake.
Terrain carries these in packs of six, with clips included for attaching plants.
This plant support uses coco coir wrapped with twine.
Inside is bendable wire and it’s 25 inches long, so if you dream of making hearts, circles, or other shapes for your vines to climb over, this is an excellent option.
With two pieces per package, your purchase also includes a roll of plant tape, twine, self-locking straps, and green ties, so you don’t have to buy a bunch of accessories separately to fasten your plant in place.
Ready to make some shapes with an all-in-one support kit? Visit Walmart for everything you need.
Up We Grow
Vining species like to grow upwards. It gives them more access to light and improves air circulation. The fact that a support also helps to make our plants look cool is just a (huge!) bonus.
What are you growing? What kind of pole are you going to opt for? Share with us in the comments!
Looking for some indoor plants to train to grow up your new moss pole? We have a few guides to vining species that you might want to start with: