DIY 20 minutes trellis

imagardener2(9-10)October 20, 2009

I did this myself in 20 minutes. Wish I had taken photos of all materials before installation but it was an impulse creation.

Materials:

(2) 10' rebar of medium diameter (bendable)

(1) 8' conduit cut into (4) 2' sections (diameter to fit rebar)

bamboo X in the width of trellis

rubber mallet to pound conduit into ground

finished rebar frame 4' tall

before tying the passionflower to the rebar

close-up of the rebar fitting into the conduit

pounded the conduit about 12"+ into the ground

I made this bamboo X in the width of the trellis to keep me on square. Pounded the conduit at each corner.

What I didnt photograph was how I bent the rebar. Put a block of wood, scrap 2x4 in the dead center of the piece of rebar (I spray painted the center after measuring). Stand on wood and bend one side up, then the other.

Use gloves when handling rebar. I got an infected finger from this project and learned my lesson.

Passiflora "Incense"

Next project:taller trellis-8' tall. Will need to bend rebar at top only and fit the ends into a conduit sleeve at top to make an arch. If anyone has done this please post photos. Would appreciate tips.

Denise

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whgille(FL 9b)

Very nice Denise!

It is a good idea to make our own trellis, store bought are so expensive.

The rebar make a very strong post, when the passionflower fills in, it is going to look beautiful!

Thanks for the idea, I might copy myself soon. :)

Silvia

    Bookmark   October 20, 2009 at 7:49AM
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imagardener2(9-10)

Thanks Sylvia

The passionflower took about 4 weeks to completely cover the frame. (Yes I am too lazy to download fresh photos). This project was done in August, we went on vacation in September and it was completely covered when we got back.

I realize this framework is way too short for a vigorous passionflower but I never stifle myself when the mood to do something strikes. The rebar could (and will be) replaced with a taller version in the same conduit.

    Bookmark   October 20, 2009 at 8:44AM
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countrynest(z9)

Determination,paid off. :-)
Congratulations for a durable,trellis.
You have given me inspiration,thanks.
Felix

    Bookmark   October 20, 2009 at 9:12AM
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marcia_m(5 and 9)

Very neat, Denise! I'm saving your directions for future use.
Marcia, PA&FL

    Bookmark   October 20, 2009 at 10:27AM
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thonotorose

Wonderful! I have seen that there is 20 foot rebar available. That would make a heck of a trellis.

And I've already got the conduit....

Veronica

    Bookmark   October 20, 2009 at 11:20PM
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imagardener2(9-10)

Veronica

I wanted 20' rebar and Lowes told me they don't stock it anymore. I think they were being lazy since they also told me they didn't have the 10' and I had to show them they DID and where it was.

Good luck with yours. Photos please when done :)

    Bookmark   October 21, 2009 at 8:15AM
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love_the_yard(z9A Jax FL)

Yeah, and they told me they didn't have amaryllis bulbs, either... right next to the register, whadaya know. Don't trust a clerk; look for yourself.

    Bookmark   October 21, 2009 at 9:07AM
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thonotorose

Denise,

This is such a great trellis, I think it needs to be posted at the A R Forum.

Veronica

    Bookmark   October 21, 2009 at 3:43PM
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tomncath(St Pete Z10a Heat 10)

Very Cool Denise, you're quite creative!

    Bookmark   October 21, 2009 at 3:58PM
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imagardener2(9-10)

Thanks Veronica, when I do a taller one for the roses (or maybe you'll get to it first :)) I'll post it there.

Tom
You're the one who told me how to bend stuff when I asked how you bent your tomato cages. The 2x4 trick plus my weight haha.

Denise

    Bookmark   October 21, 2009 at 4:30PM
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trinigemini(10 Jupiter)

What is the A R forum?

    Bookmark   October 21, 2009 at 5:02PM
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thonotorose

Antique Rose

    Bookmark   October 21, 2009 at 10:08PM
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love_the_yard(z9A Jax FL)

Denise,

I "clipped" this post so that I would remember to go back and build one of these. I just love this idea! Have you made the taller model yet? I'll post photos of mine once I get it made.

Carol

    Bookmark   May 23, 2010 at 2:24AM
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tomncath(St Pete Z10a Heat 10)

Very cool Denise, I'm concentrating on converting half the garden to flowers this summer, right now my focus is on the vining plants so your timing is excellent ;-)

Tom

    Bookmark   May 23, 2010 at 9:32AM
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Randy Ritchie

Just love it. Your instructions are good too. Thanks!

girlsaylor

    Bookmark   June 5, 2010 at 5:43PM
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imagardener2(9-10)

Serendipity. I just finished with help from DH my new taller (10') trellis for a climbing rose. Just waiting for good light to photograph it.

Will post as soon as download/upload is done.

Denise

    Bookmark   June 5, 2010 at 7:26PM
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love_the_yard(z9A Jax FL)

I've been going back to this post over and over but still haven't built a trellis. This year is going to be the year.

Question: how do you cut the conduit? By hand? What kind of saw or blade? I don't know anything about cutting metal.

Thanks!
Carol

    Bookmark   March 4, 2012 at 3:16PM
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imagardener2(9-10)

I cut the conduit by hand with a fine tooth hand saw, helps to have it in a vise but I've done it without. Getting the first bite is the hardest but conduit is pretty soft metal.

I've moved that original trellis all over the yard, front and back. After a while the passionflower got eaten by the gulf fritillaries and looked really ratty so I dismantled the trellis. I am still pulling up passionflower all over the front yard, that stuff likes to travel.

I've put up non-rebar lattice trellis also but that is a two person operation. The rebar trellis is something one person can do very quickly, cheaply and easily.

Denise

    Bookmark   March 10, 2012 at 10:58PM
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