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Slings for cantaloupes?

Post  MrRandy on Wed Jun 09, 2010 7:56 pm

Mel's book says to make slings for cantaloupes going up the trellis. Are they too heavy for vertical climbing without help? and what do I use to make slings for them?.My trellis is just like the book and the seeds just sprouted but would really like some advice on the slings before they start climbing.. Thanks.

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Re: Slings for cantaloupes?

Post  extremesoccermom on Wed Jun 09, 2010 7:58 pm

We use old pantyhose or tee shirts we have cut up.

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Great idea!!

Post  MrRandy on Wed Jun 09, 2010 8:19 pm

@extremesoccermom wrote:We use old pantyhose or tee shirts we have cut up.

Thanks so much..

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Re: Slings for cantaloupes?

Post  Chopper on Wed Jun 09, 2010 11:44 pm

I asked this earlier in the season and someone gave me the tensile strength of nylon net and I ceased worrying about it.

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Re: Slings for cantaloupes?

Post  HouseofWool on Wed Jun 09, 2010 11:59 pm

If you use pantyhose, how do you secure it to the trellis?

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Nice to hear

Post  MrRandy on Thu Jun 10, 2010 12:01 am

@Chopper wrote:I asked this earlier in the season and someone gave me the tensile strength of nylon net and I ceased worrying about it.
Hey Chopper,
That's good to hear. when I put up the trellis. I hung an 8 pound sledge in the netting.. So I assumed the reason for the sling was that the vine won't hold the fruit off the ground.. If the vine is okay with the weight I know the trellis is !

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Re: Slings for cantaloupes?

Post  nancy on Thu Jun 10, 2010 9:22 am

HouseofWool - I put a square cage around my watermelons. I plan to make slings out of old nylons for the fruit & tie it to alternating sides of the cage. That is if my plants ever get tall enough.

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Re: Slings for cantaloupes?

Post  extremesoccermom on Thu Jun 10, 2010 9:32 am

@HouseofWool wrote:If you use pantyhose, how do you secure it to the trellis?

I put the little cantaloupe in to the foot or tied and cut off leg. Leave room for growth and tie it to the nylon netting.
T shirts are more like a sling with one side tied to one vertical string of the netting and the other side tied to another string with the melon cradled in the center. I don't think I have any pictures from previous years but I will make sure to take one later this year.

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Re: Slings for cantaloupes?

Post  LaFee on Thu Jun 10, 2010 9:52 am

It's my understanding that the sling is needed because the vine itself has a hard time fighting gravity once the fruit begins to get to a good size, especially as the fruit gets *almost* ripe, but isn't quite there yet.

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Re: Slings for cantaloupes?

Post  Little Thumb on Thu Jun 10, 2010 10:34 am

Hey, maybe boffer has some pictures to share, he seems to have all kinds of pictures. Hey Boffer, where are you? Got any pictures of melons in slings?

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Re: Slings for cantaloupes?

Post  boffer on Thu Jun 10, 2010 10:42 am

Gotta wait for Chocolatepop. She has support pantyhose pics. I checked her gallery but nothing there.

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Post  Little Thumb on Thu Jun 10, 2010 10:44 am

Thanks Boffer!

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