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How do I support my melons?

debs64debs64 Posts: 5,048
Hi all, I  trying to grow melons in my greenhouse the plants are healthy and have flowers but seem to want to climb. I worry that if I tie them to supports the melons will be too heavy and break the stems but if I leave them on the soil the fruit will rot. Is there a solution that’s fairly inexpensive and easy? 
Hope someone can help thanks in advance. 


  • pansyfacepansyface Posts: 22,741
    Ooh, Matron!

    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
    If you live in Derbyshire, as I do.
  • BigladBiglad Posts: 3,149
    I can't offer much useful advice other than to think carefully about the wording of your discussion titles @debs64 :D There will be a few mouthfuls of coffee being spluttered onto keyboards this morning :o 

    Is straw underneath the melons a thing? Much like for strawberries - to prevent any rotting?
    East Lancs
  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 12,177
    Someone l knew used bits of wood, but apparently they have to be smooth. Old wooden breadboards are very good apparently.

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,989
    I'm sure I've seen photographs of melon supports made from old nylon tights ... I shall Google ... 

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,989
    Yes, melon hammocks made from pantyhose are a thing ... several different styles ... 





    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • LynLyn Posts: 23,083
    You may need something like this when they're bigger, underwear is a very useful thing. 

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • debs64debs64 Posts: 5,048
    I have some pieces of wood I could use and actually some old bras but the interior of the greenhouse is clearly visible from all parts of the garden and neighbours garden so I hesitate to use anything which might be considered risqué. 
    @Biglad I debated for a while but knowing how pure minded forum members are I assumed all would be well. 
  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 12,177
    Big mistake @debs64 :)
  • debs64debs64 Posts: 5,048
    @Dovefromabove thanks for that will take a look, assuming thick black tights would work as well? 
  • I use the netting bags that oranges come in from the supermarket with twine threaded round to make a drawstring.
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