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Melons in concrete wire tomato cages?

Posted by schroedpot 6 (My Page) on
Sat, Jan 18, 14 at 20:03

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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RE: Melons in concrete wire tomato cages?

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...

RE: Melons in concrete wire tomato cages?

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.


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