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What Do I Do Now?

Posted by fruit_n_vegetables 9 (My Page) on
Thu, May 29, 14 at 22:48

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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RE: What Do I Do Now?

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?

RE: What Do I Do Now?

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.

RE: What Do I Do Now?

  • Posted by min3 9N.CA (My Page) on
    Sun, Jun 8, 14 at 13:09

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

RE: What Do I Do Now?

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.

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