What Do I Do Now?

fruit_n_vegetablesMay 29, 2014

I made the mistake of letting a watermelon species that grows to 20 to 25 pounds up on a trellis. What can I do while the fruit is still pea-sized to prevent the vines from breaking? What would happen if I ripped of all the tendrils from the trellis?

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CA Kate

Here's a trick: make a sling out of something that won't stay wet, like a nylon stocking or onion sack; tie the sling to the trellis. The sling will bear the weight of the melon. You don't need to do this until the watermelon is a bit larger.... maybe the size of an orange. This works for anything that will get large. BUT... Is your trellis strong enough to carry the weight?

    Bookmark   May 29, 2014 at 11:11PM
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elysianfields(9b CA)

Got access to any old brassieres? A few DubD's outta handle it clipped to a support. No pun intended. And there are no mistakes in gardening. Only lessons to be learned. Take pictures please.

    Bookmark   May 30, 2014 at 1:09AM
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Min3 South S.F. Bay CA

Fields (i am giving you a nickname:) we can always count on you to have fun comments.
also- do you say you are "inpatient' on purpose or are the m and n transposed on your ipad? or are you waiting to become an outpatient? ha! min

    Bookmark   June 8, 2014 at 1:09PM
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Ninkasi(6ish Germany)

I had a container watermelon once and trained the vines up a trellis as well. I used a net bag that some fruit came in to keep the fruit held up. Worked great.

    Bookmark   June 8, 2014 at 1:21PM
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