How To Space Melon Plants When Using A Trellis
To save space, plant melons 12 to 24 inches apart at the base of a trellis.
Train Your Melons To Climb A Trellis
Training watermelons and other climbing plants to grow vertically is referred to as trellising. When trellising melons, tie vines to the trellis as needed using soft plant ties that won’t crush the stems.
If the vine grows taller than the height of the trellis, it can be trained from the top back down, then back up again and so on.
How To Support Melons On A Trellis
When the melons are about the size of golf balls, cradle them in a sling made from an onion sack, a pantyhose leg, or cheesecloth, tying both ends of the improvised sling securely to the trellis. The material used should allow as much air flow as possible, and dry quickly.
How To Prune Melon Vines On A Trellis
Pruning helps maintain balance between vine growth and fruit set, and increases the average fruit weight while reducing the number of cull fruit. Plus, uncrowding plants allows them to access more light and heat, which improves your harvest.
This method of pruning permits the vine to be easily trellised:
Each melon vine produces a primary stem or leader with many secondary branches or laterals growing off of it. Prune to retain the primary stem and one of the first laterals. Prune all additional laterals up to and including the first leaf node. All secondary branches after the eighth node can be left unpruned on the plant.
Prune off any misshapen fruit or fruit that was not pollinated.
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