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What string for trelis

Post  Sunsanvil on 5/27/2013, 9:49 am

Last year we used Jute string, I guess out of a disposition to use something more or less natural. Here is a shot from mid season:

Worked wonderfully....until we got a violent rain with wind. A couple of the verticals snapped. Miraculously the tomato plants wernt broken and we quickly "double" what was their with nylon string and the rest of the season was uneventful.

This year I'm not sure what to use. The nylon would certainly be strong enough but its quite "slick" so I wonder if pants will get enough purchase. I also wonder about the plants picking up chemicals from being in contact with it all summer. The only alternative I have is sisal. Its definitely stronger than jute, I have no idea if it will break down as the summer goes on....



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Post  camprn on 5/27/2013, 10:22 am

I use the sisal twine. I also put a few horizontal thread through the vertical lines to space them and as additional insurance in case of vertical string failure. It has yet to let me down and it's compostable.

There are several previous threads about trellising that you may find using the search feature.


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Post  quiltbea on 5/27/2013, 10:32 am

I've tried both sisal (too rough when it frays) and green garden twine (too weak, broke and had to double it and it still broke) so now I use the white nylon tomato string from johnnyseeds and it worked just fine for me last year. I also use it as my grid lines. It didn't hurt the growing tomatoes at all and lasted the whole season.

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Post  slimbolen99 on 5/27/2013, 12:49 pm

This is what I have been using; although, I don't have much growing up it at this point (yet). What I like about is that it seems to have quite a bit of give to it, you can stretch it and it holds pretty tight. Also comes in the five foot width, so you have plenty of vertical growing area. It's also made in the USA!

5 ft. x 30 ft. Dalen Products Nylon Trellis Netting


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Post  sanderson on 5/27/2013, 3:56 pm

Slim Bolen, good link. HD only had the 5' x 8' size but I could do 2 short trellises from each (for the 4' boxes). Hooked it over the corners and used small zip ties to secure tops and sides. Threaded a 4'+ bamboo at bottom and used cup hooks and zip ties to stretch them down to the boxes. And, yes, a lot of perlite floated to the top. Found vermiculite after this box. Also, the scrap PVC was connected at the top with a tie through drilled holes. Wanted a little support in case the trellis started leaning forward or backward.

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Post  mschaef on 5/27/2013, 10:51 pm

I was just going to look up this very question, thanks for saving me the time!!!!


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Post  Yardslave on 5/28/2013, 1:24 pm

I would suggest not using that biodegradable green dyed jute string that garden centers stock. I tried it and it will hold reliably up for more than one season. It also will have weak portions that will not bear the weight of a 6-8 foot trellised tomato. I tried it the second season on some cucumbers and spent a lot of time patching and rehanging vines. (Snapped off a few vines in the process, dag nabbit!)


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Post  Pepper on 5/28/2013, 1:44 pm

I used masons twine, it is nylon. I used the 8 lb for my bean trellis.

the 15 lb doubled for the tomatoes.


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