Melons in concrete wire tomato cages?

schroedpot(5b)January 18, 2014

I'm not really space challenged, just wanted to try growing my melons (cantaloupes) vertically once. It's always good to have more room, and I assume the method would make my melons less prone to disease.

My question is, have any of you used concrete reinforcing wire tomato cages for this purpose? I have a lot of them, about 2' across, and it would be easy for me if the method works. I realize that you'd have to support the fruit with slings, just wondered if anyone has had success (or failure) with this method.

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I grew Bush Baby Watermelons in a 2' wire tomato cage last year with good results. To my surprise, I didn't have to support the fruit, other than making sure the stems didn't get pinched. You'll need to keep to center pruned out for air circulation, so a less vigorous melon will be less work...

    Bookmark   March 10, 2014 at 6:51PM
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That's enough for me to give it a try. I'm a little worried about how long regular melon vines get, but I think if I use 2 pairs of cages, I can rig up a support between the pairs if needed for extra top growth.


    Bookmark   March 10, 2014 at 10:27PM
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