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No bra jokes, please! I'm growing a galia type melon in my greenhouse. It's a grafted plant and is in a large container. It's growing well and has now started to overshoot the two small fan trellises that I stuck in the container to get it started. Problem is, I have no idea how to support it further out/up. It looks like it's going to get really big... what do you do? My greenhouse doesn't have anything on the roof that I could tie anything to. 


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  • Jason millyJason milly Posts: 546
    You could get bigger canes or like suggested run some twine down from greenhouse hook's 
  • Blue OnionBlue Onion Posts: 2,941
    Construct a tall sturdy frame from 2x2 lumber and canes?
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  • ThankthecatThankthecat Posts: 421
    I'll have a look and see @scroggin but I don't think there are any slots... And if I make a frame I'd have nothing to secure it to :( Think I might have to improvise with canes attached to the original fan trellis, although they're not very sturdy.

  • I'm growing a row of melons in my greenhouse and have tied a large sheet of netting to the roof so that it hangs vertically down.
  • Kitty 2Kitty 2 Posts: 5,150
    Admittedly on a much smaller scale plant, cucamelons. I did the same as gardeningfan and attached netting from the roofline and down the wall for them to scramble up. It worked really well.

    Could you build a bigger frame around the plants by pushing 6ft canes into the ground either side of the existing one and string some wire across in a zig-zag. 
  • ThankthecatThankthecat Posts: 421
    I should have explained that my greenhouse is sitting on slabs, not bare earth, so pushing anything into the ground is impossible :( I like the idea of netting though @gardeningfan and @Kitty 2. Reckon if I can somehow wedge a piece of wood horizontally and tie netting to it, that might work. Right, I'm off down the shed to have a root around and see what I've got...
  • Kitty 2Kitty 2 Posts: 5,150
    Ok, freestanding and no wall/roof attaching holes.
    Have you by any chance got one of those tall, slim plastic greenhouse frames knocking about? Remove all the shelves and use it like a cage over the plant.
    I've done this before for cucumbers.

    The frames are handy things to keep even after the covers have disintegrated. Good for extra shelving in the greenhouse too, mine is full of pots and trays at the moment.
  • ThankthecatThankthecat Posts: 421
    What a brilliant idea! Unfortunately I don't have one but I can see how easy that would have been :)

  • I use tomato cages which is a frame of 3 uprights in a triangle with cross pieces to fix them together. I do tie it to the side bar of the greenhouse for stability though. I can't remember where I got mine but I see that Wilco do one similar now though I'm sure you could improvise something similar.
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