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help training vines!

Posted by kawaiineko_gardener 5a ( on
Mon, Mar 26, 12 at 15:49

NOTE: For pumpkin, don't know the width and height of plant, none of the seed catalogs say.

Want to use cages. Each cage would be 3'-4' wide and 1'-2' tall, as this is how wide and tall plants are. Cages would be made from concrete reinforcement wire. Would vines be trained up cages? If so, would do this for vines of entire plant?

Would a trellis be required in combination w/cages to bare weight of fruit?

For weight of the fruit....

Butternut- 4 to 5 per plant, 1-1/2 lbs. each, 5-7 lbs. total

Buttercup-up to 4 per plant, each 3 lbs., 3-12 lbs.

Pumpkin- 7 to 10 lbs. each, 3-5 fruit per plant, 35-50 lbs total (pie pumpkins; semi bush plants)

Spaghetti-up to 2 lbs. per fruit.

Acorn- 2 lbs. per fruit.

For trellis (if needed) nylon netting (bares up to 50 lbs.)
and electrical conduit (metal poles).

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RE: help training vines!

I do not visit this forum very often so I just saw your post. Most gardeners let squash plants just run on the ground so that the fruit lie on the earth until they ripen. Others, like me, have them run on a log pile so that the fruit have something to rest upon - they are very heavy. If you use a trellis, it should be something at about 45 degree or less angle, to accommodate the weight of the fruit. If your trellis is more vertical, you may have to create 'hammocks' to support the weight of the fruit until ripe. If you google 'squash trellis' you should come up with some pretty good ideas. Hope this helps.

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