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How to grow cucumber vertically?

Cucumber    NY

I am sure I read somewhere (possibly even on here) that it is possible to grow cucumbers vertically on a trellis. Could somebody please advise of a simple method of doing this please? What is it best to construct the support out of? Would a simple fence be adequate? I would quite like to try this as a space saver in my garden.


Posted by: Cat Sullivan (2 points) Cat Sullivan
Posted: March 17, 2013




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You can take a hint from greenhouse grown cucumbers. In our greenhouse we have a regular pot (3-5 gal.) with an indeterminate variety planted in it. We have metal pipes that go across the top and have twine tied to the pipes and it just hangs down to the plants. Every so often we tie the stem to the twine, but sometimes it's not even needed. Cucumbers are firmly attached to the stems so you can get creative with any design of trellis.

I attached a picture I saw last year of gourds (in the same family as cucumbers) in a rounded trellis design.


Posted by: Kathryn Fiedler (72 points) Kathryn Fiedler
Posted: March 19, 2013


David Hughes commented,
very nice photo
about 6 years ago.

Wurgulf commented,
Amazing trellis
about 6 years ago.



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Here is a picture of how I cage/trellis cukes before I started using 6ft tall 2ft diameter cattle panels bent into pillars. I stake them to the ground for fear of them being blown over when I train up cucumbers and squash.


Posted by: Wurgulf (45 points) Wurgulf
Posted: March 28, 2013




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Growing cucumber vertically is a great way to save some space in your vegetable garden and maximise yields. It also has the added benefit of providing some extra protection to your plants against pests and pathogens by promoting airflow in the foliage and promoting quicker drying of leaves after rain.

In order to grow cucumbers vertically you should select a vining variety (not bushing) as these will climb poles or trellises by sending out tendrils. These plants can be coaxed to grow almost completely vertically,, the ultimate space saver! You can do this with a simple teepee design allowing 5-6 ft of support. Whatever support you opt for, make sure that you don’t leave too much space between individual posts or bars to give the plants the maximum chance of climbing successfully.


Posted by: Lindsay McMenemy (167 points) Lindsay McMenemy
Posted: March 18, 2013




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For growing vertically, I have found wire fencing, which are called 'cattle panels' (approx. 13' x 5' ) can be purchased at farming supply stores. You have to use bolt cutters to cut them into the pieces you need. They are galvanized and will give many years of service. They are made with 1/4 to 5/16" wire welded every 6" running the length and width of the panels. When you remove them at the end of the season they are easily sprayed with bleach( to kill viruses etc.) and are ready to use the next season. I also make my tomato cages with them and use 4" zip ties to hold the 4 panels together after I place them around the tomato plants. Very inexpensive for the number of years of service they provide. In my area the panels are around $13.00. You can use the panels you cut as a fence type trellis, construct a 'tee pee' type trellis or use your imagination.
As for tying the cuck vines to the trellis, the best 'material' to use are old pantyhose ( strong, soft, flexible and light weight).


Posted by: deactivated (1 point) deactivated
Posted: March 21, 2013




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The book "Square Foot Gardening" by Mel Bartholomew has some excellent ideas for simple trelisses. You can get the book at any library. I tried this for the first time about 20 years ago and would never to it any other way.


Posted by: Tom Wentzel (1 point) Tom Wentzel
Posted: March 18, 2013




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