Cantaloupe On A Trellis: How To Grow Cantaloupes Vertically
Growing cantaloupes vertically is not easy. They are quite hardy plants, but they require special care and attention.
There are many different ways to grow cantaloupes vertically, but it all depends on your needs and preferences. You will have to choose one of these methods based on your situation and requirements.
Vertical Growing Methods For Melons
1. Watering Can Method – This method involves placing a container with water at the bottom of the trellis and then covering it with leaves or other materials so that the water does not run out easily.
If you want to keep your cantaloupes from drying up during the winter months, this is probably going to be your best choice because there is no danger of them getting too dry due to lack of light. However, if you wish to plant them earlier in the spring when they are still green, then you would need to use a drip irrigation system.
2. Fertilizing Can Method – This method involves putting a small amount of fertilizer in the soil around the base of the trellis and watering it regularly.
You can also place some peat moss or compost near the top of your trellis just before planting to add nutrients directly into your cantaloupe’s roots. This will help them to grow a lot quicker and stronger.
3. Drip Irrigation System – This involves putting a drip irrigation system directly underneath your trellis.
This is probably the most efficient method because it waters your melons regularly without over-watering them or letting them get too dry.
4. Fertigation – This method involves mixing liquid fertilizer into your irrigation water in order to give your cantaloupes a steady supply of nutrients.
This is the best way to go if you want to maximize your cantaloupe’s growth and yield.
As you can see, there are many different ways to grow cantaloupes vertically, but you should choose the method that works best for you and your garden. It is important to keep in mind that each of these methods is going to require slightly different materials.
For example, if you decide to use the watering can method, then you’ll need a smaller container that can fit underneath your trellis and some sort of covering for it.
It is also important to remember that cantaloupes are seeded from late spring all the way through the summer. This means that you are going to have to continue these vertical methods throughout this extended period in order to get the best yield from your garden.
Choose The Best Location For Your Melon Patch
When it comes to choosing a location in your garden for cantaloupes, it is best to place them near the middle or back of your garden. This is because they require a lot of sunlight to grow properly.
If there are any other plants that are blocking the sun from reaching them, then you should remove those plants or reposition them so that your cantaloupes have maximum exposure to sunlight.
You should also remember to leave a lot of room around these plants. You will need to water and fertilize them frequently, so you don’t want them to be cramped or crowded.
You also want to leave space between them and any other plants because the cantaloupes are going to grow very large and could easily crush smaller plants if they get the chance.
It is best to place multiple cantaloupe plants together because this will give their broad leaves room to receive sunlight and it will make it easier for you to tend to them all at the same time. If you only have a few cantaloupes growing, then it may be better to place them closer together.
Begin Planting And Maintaining Your Patch
After you’ve found the perfect location for your melon patch, you are ready to get started. Make sure that you have everything you need before you begin planting cantaloupes because once they are in the ground, they aren’t coming out until winter.
This means that you should plant them as late as possible while still giving them enough time to mature before the first frost hits your garden.
The pots that your cantaloupes are growing in should be big enough to hold a trellis, but small enough to easily move around. Once you have dug a hole in the ground that is big enough for your cantaloupe plant, you should place the pot inside of it.
The roots should be able to easily grow through the bottom of the pot and into the soil.
After you’ve placed your cantaloupe in the ground, you should dress it. This involves spreading an even layer of composted manure and garden soil over the top of the roots so that they are completely covered.
You should then give your cantaloupe a good drink of water to make sure everything is soaked well. You’ll want to continue watering it as you would any other plant in your garden, but you may also want to place a small bucket underneath the plant so that you can capture any excess water that it gives off. If there is too much water in the bucket, you can simply drain it out.
Finally, you should give your new cantaloupe plant a little bit of support. This can be as simple as placing a small rock or brick at the bottom of the stem.
If you have enough room, you could also build a little trellis for it to grow up. It is important to remember that these trellises need to be very strong because they will have to support the weight of these large melons as they get heavier and heavier.
Maintain And Harvest Your Patch
Now that your cantaloupes are in the ground, you need to make sure that you maintain them properly. You will need to water them every other day if there is no rain in the forecast and make sure they get lots of sunlight.
If you start noticing any signs of bugs or disease, these can be treated with a little bit of dish soap mixed with water. This will kill any insects and prevent fungus from growing.
After about three months, your cantaloupes should be ready to harvest. You can tell that they are ready when they start to fall off of the vine when you lightly push on them.
Try to pick them every other day if you can because this will keep the vine producing fruit and you won’t have to wait as long to pick them all at once. There may also be a small amount of splitting and bruising on the skin of the melon. The inside of the melon should be a nice orange color, not white or have any brown spots. If you follow these tips, then you should have delicious cantaloupes that are perfect for eating!
You can store them in a cool place for up to two weeks if they aren’t eaten right away. You may also freeze them for future use.
Just make sure that you wrap them in plastic wrap or place them inside of a sealed bag before storing them in the freezer.
So now that you know how to grow cantaloupes in your own backyard, you just need to decide which varieties you’d like to plant:
Crimson Sweet – This cantaloupe is great for those who prefer a classic flavor and texture. It has a lovely deep orange flesh with a fine granular texture and a sweet flavor.
It is also resistant to the most dangerous diseases that can affect cantaloupes.
Inca Red – This cantaloupe adds a splash of color to any meal. It tastes just as good as it looks with its bright orange flesh and deep green skin.
The flavor is similar to honeydew melon. This cantaloupe is easy to grow and disease resistant.
Jet Star – This cantaloupe is extra sweet and nutty tasting. Its green skin with light green stripes makes it very easy to spot in your garden and the lighter weight makes it easy to pick as well.
These are just three of the many different varieties of cantaloupes that you can try in your garden. No matter which one you decide to go with, you’re sure to be picking delicious melons in no time.
Sources & references used in this article:
Protected cropping for specialty melons in North Queensland by E Jovicich, H Wiggenhauser – XXIX International Horticultural Congress …, 2014 – actahort.org
Vertical Gardening Using Trellises, Stakes, and Cages by A Hessler – 2020 – vtechworks.lib.vt.edu
Vertical Gardening Using Trellises, Stakes, and Cages by K Settlage, A Hessler, LT Sanderson, M Andruczyk – 2015 – vtechworks.lib.vt.edu