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How do I use the netted trellis

Post  bvarbel on 4/13/2013, 6:53 pm

I bought some indeterminate tomatoes 3 weeks ago. I'm hoping these are the vining type. They are getting big and bushy so I guided the top into the netted trellis. I'm not sure when I'm supposed to do this.

Also, will the string on the trellis cut or decapitate the plant?

I have some 3 week old cucumbers that are getting bushy. I"m not sure when I feed them to the trellis.

I have a honey dew mellon, not sprouted yet. Is there anything I need to know about them on the trelles.

Thank you for your help and ideas.

Brian...

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Post  cheyannarach on 4/16/2013, 1:46 pm

If they are indeterminate tomatoes they will vine, but you might need to trim the suckers so it's not so bushy, it also helps with airflow! Just gently weave it through the trellis as it grows! For your cukes do the same thing they will climb it if you guide them where you want them to. And for your melon pretty much the say, when they start to fruit there are a few tricks people have like putting they inside a nylon pantie hose to help protect them and support there growing weight, I think that's what Walshvek does if I remember correctly and there are pics on the forum of other people's melon slings too! I'll see if I can find the thread!

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Post  Tris on 4/16/2013, 1:57 pm

Is there a trimming suckers for idiots guide somewhere? I know the book talks about it, but it's still Greek to me.
Mine are only a foot tall or so, and they aren't big enough/ close enough to the trellis to start yet. I guess once they can reach the trellis I'll start vining them Smile

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Post  CapeCoddess on 4/16/2013, 4:56 pm

You can find sucker trimming vids on YouTube. I think GrowingYourGreens does one. It's so easy you won't believe it.

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Post  camprn on 4/16/2013, 5:32 pm

To be clear, when we say tomato 'vine' it simply means that the plant keeps growing as a straight main trunk and is able to be managed on a trellis. The tomato is not a true vine in that it will climb the trellis on it's own as a bean plant does. The gardener is required to manage the situation and thread or wind the growing tip of the tomato plant onto the trellis netting.

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Post  bvarbel on 4/16/2013, 6:03 pm

@camprn wrote:To be clear, when we say tomato 'vine' it simply means that the plant keeps growing as a straight main trunk and is able to be managed on a trellis. The tomato is not a true vine in that it will climb the trellis on it's own as a bean plant does. The gardener is required to manage the situation and thread or wind the growing tip of the tomato plant onto the trellis netting.

I just had an "ah-ha!" moment. Thanks for clarifying how an indeterminant tomato grows. I just was watching it get bushy but it didn't look like a vine. I just guided the top growth tip into the trellis. Lets see how it goes. Thanks.

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Post  yolos on 4/16/2013, 10:46 pm

@CapeCoddess wrote:You can find sucker trimming vids on YouTube. I think GrowingYourGreens does one. It's so easy you won't believe it.

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This is the best video I have seen on how to sucker and string a tomato. Also the difference between indeterminate and determinate suckering.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qJgA4n-sCE8&feature=endscreen&NR=1

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Post  cheyannarach on 4/17/2013, 4:47 am

@camprn wrote:To be clear, when we say tomato 'vine' it simply means that the plant keeps growing as a straight main trunk and is able to be managed on a trellis. The tomato is not a true vine in that it will climb the trellis on it's own as a bean plant does. The gardener is required to manage the situation and thread or wind the growing tip of the tomato plant onto the trellis netting.

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Post  Tris on 4/17/2013, 11:23 am

@yolos wrote:
@CapeCoddess wrote:You can find sucker trimming vids on YouTube. I think GrowingYourGreens does one. It's so easy you won't believe it.

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This is the best video I have seen on how to sucker and string a tomato. Also the difference between indeterminate and determinate suckering.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qJgA4n-sCE8&feature=endscreen&NR=1
So do I wait to sucker until it is a good size plant or would I start now? I don't have any blossoms yet.

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Post  camprn on 4/17/2013, 11:57 am

I pinch suckers as soon as I notice them. However I have some advice, as a novice, please be wary and double check before pinching out new growth; make sure it's a sucker and not the main stem.

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Post  bvarbel on 4/17/2013, 12:30 pm

@camprn wrote:I pinch suckers as soon as I notice them. However I have some advice, as a novice, please be wary and double check before pinching out new growth; make sure it's a sucker and not the main stem.

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How do you know? Just kidding. I watched the video about removing suckers and I'm still confused what a sucker is. Maybe I'm the sucker :-)

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Post  Tris on 4/17/2013, 1:54 pm

@bvarbel wrote:
@camprn wrote:I pinch suckers as soon as I notice them. However I have some advice, as a novice, please be wary and double check before pinching out new growth; make sure it's a sucker and not the main stem.

Ask me how I know... Shocked

How do you know? Just kidding. I watched the video about removing suckers and I'm still confused what a sucker is. Maybe I'm the sucker :-)
From what I could tell, its the one that grows between the main stem and a main branch? Only at the intersection/joint part. At least I hope so, because I clipped a few of em today, and saw that two of my tiny plants are flowering already!!

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