Trellising plants is a great way to improve plant health by way of increased airflow, insect protection and ease of picking. What can you trellis you may ask? Well, just about anything that grows on a vine.
Imagine laying on black soil with a blanket over you in the middle of summer. How does this feel? Hot and sweaty! This is the same for plants, and if there is little airflow moisture loves to then build up and cause a perfect environment for diseases such as powdery mildew to thrive and take over your garden.
Sprawling vines easily and quickly take over any garden, and not to mention lawn!
Trellising allows for ease of picking which also means you won’t be as prone to missing produce that are hidden under plant leaves resulting in over mature produce. And the less produce that is picked and left on the vine will cause the plant to think it is done producing meaning that it will stop shooting off new growths. Ultimately all plants just want to go to seed to reproduce, so when they feel that they have reached that point they will stop producing fruit.
Types of Plants:
Some of our favorite plants to trellis include, pumpkins, melons, cucumbers, pole beans and tomatoes. Also, determine how your plant likes to grow and set its fruit. Knowing this will help you chose an appropriate structure.
There are numerous ways to build a trellis. It can be as simple as planting your seeds in a small container and placing it along a railing on the deck or along the fence. Building simple frames or buying existing structures. But some of the PLS team’s favorite ways of trellising include;
- For pole beans if you would rather not have to climb a ladder to reach those tall tendrils. Or if you would like to see a fuller plant that produces more, try trimming the top of the vines with sterile sicorss about 5-6 feet off the ground. Doing so will allow the bottom flowers to continue to produce to a full-sized bean. Otherwise the plant will put all its energy into growing tall and abort the flowers below. This will also allow little kids to continue to pick beans throughout the season.
What do you like to trellis? Please share any ideas you have especially on trellising tomatoes – the PLS team is looking to revamp their tomato trellising practices and would love to see your ideas!