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Choosing the right Vegetable trellis

Before cultivating vegetables or providing support for your vegetable crops, know that there are three kinds of climbers. Having a good knowledge of the three types of climbing vegetables and the vegetable trellis support required will make your garden management successful. Climbing vegetables likes to grow vertically, but the thing is different vines climb as well as spread in many different ways.

Basically, we have three types of climbing vegetables. They include vegetables with:

  1. Tendrils

  2. Twiners

  3. Scramblers

However, to choose the right support, growers need to know the differences in the growing tendencies of these vegetables.

Common Vining Vegetables

  • Peas

  • Pole beans

  • Cucumbers

  • Squash

  • Tomatoes

  • Sweet potatoes

The fact is, one support structure might not fit all. So when you have sound knowledge of their growing tendencies, you can then provide the right support.

 Vegetable trellis

Trellis for the 3 types of climbing vegetables

  1. Twiners

An example of a twiner is pole beans. As the vining stem of the plant grows upward, it wraps around anything it touches. Trellising twiners are not much of a problem because they are not selective. They grow and twine in an anticlockwise direction.

  1. Scramblers

Tomatoes and sweet potatoes belong to the category of non-climbing scrambling vines. Though they do not belong to the same family, but require the same support technique. You can support them with cages or tie to a trellis. In fact, trellising is a common practice used for vegetable support.

  1. Tendrils

Plants that falls into this category include squash varieties, cucumbers, and peas. They produce tendrils from the stem, which is what they use to grab and climb. These tendrils are selective. They prefer to grab and climb something that is organic or not metallic.

Benefits of trellising vegetables

Gardeners benefit a lot from training or supporting vegetables. Encouraging crops like tomatoes to grow upright will make the plant to channel its energy towards producing more tomatoes than making more roots. Growers can also seize the opportunity to cultivate more crops in a small piece of land. Harvesting is also done easily when vegetable trellis is used to grow crops. Trellising also encourages proper circulation which reduces the spread of diseases. It allows growers to cultivate healthy crops and achieve better fruit quality.

Another interesting reason while trellising vegetables should be encouraged is that it exposes vegetables to an adequate amount of sunlight. Light is very vital to the growth of vegetable crops and is needed for the plant to make their own food. When plants do not receive or are deprived of adequate sunlight, they tend to have stunted growth or may even wither and die.

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