So should you stake your Monstera plant? More established Monstera will benefit from some support to cling to, which is where moss poles come in. Swiss cheese plants are semi-epiphytes, which means they can live both independently and on the surface of other plants. And their aerial roots can be trained, or used to climb.
A moss pole is a stake made of coconut fiber, otherwise known as ‘coir’. This is wrapped around a wooden pole that you can insert into the soil. The aerial roots of a Monstera can attach to the coconut fiber, which helps your Swiss Cheese plant to grow higher. Some moss poles are extendable. This is done by leaving the top portion of the moss pole hollow, so you can layer them by placing another moss pole inside.
You can make your own moss pole using sphagnum moss and a thick pole. You can find sphagnum moss in nurseries, or you can buy it online.