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How to Grow your Pumpkin on Trellises using Netting

Pumpkin vines grow well on a HORTOMALLAS trellis net

Growing pumpkin on trellises frees-up garden space for other plants.The sprawling vines of the average pumpkin plant can cut the festive autumn vegetable from many garden plans. A wood or bamboo trellis with cotton netting can solve garden space problems by raising the vines off the ground, creating a living green wall in the garden. While champion-sized pumpkins are too large to consider for a vertical garden, smaller varieties can be grown using a support system to keep the fruit from pulling the vines off the trellising net. Stand three 6-foot wooden stakes or bamboo poles together in tripod at one end of the pumpkin row. Wrap florist wire around the top of the stakes 6 inches below the top to hold them together in a bundle. Pound the top of the stakes with a mallet to force the bottom ends into the ground. Set up an identical tripod at the other end of the garden row.Lay a 1-inch-thick dowel or discarded broom handle across the tops of both tripods. Fasten the ends of the dowels to the tops of the stakes with more florist wire to create a sturdy frame.
melon net pumpkin on trellises

HORTOMALLAS melon net acts as a plant support similar to what is necessary for pumpkin on trellises.


Grow and Train Pumpkin on Trellises

Cut netting to the size of the inside of the frame. Tie the top of the netting to the dowel with lengths of cotton string. Push sticks or stakes into the ground underneath the dowel and tie the bottom edge of the netting to the sticks.Plant the pumpkin seeds in a row directly in front of the netting. Choose a pumpkin variety that produces smaller pumpkins such as “Baby Bear,” “Spooktacular” or “New England Pie.”Twine the vine tendrils through the plastic netting as they grow to train them to the trellis. As the vines get taller and produce more leaves, the trellis begins to look like a wall of leaves, creating a green privacy fence in your garden.Make a sling for each pumpkin as it develops. Tie a length of string to each corner of a discarded towel or length of cotton fabric. Place the growing pumpkin in the sling, much like sitting it in a hammock, and tie the strings together. Attach the connected strings to the dowel to support the weight of the growing pumpkin. HORTOMALLAS trellis netting will last many cultivation cycles and is also used to train tomatoes peppers and cucumbers.


HORTOMALLAS manufactures and markets crop support nettings (trellising and tutoring as alternatives to the raffia twine labor intensive traditional system) that increase crop quality. Our Mission is to: INCREASE VEGETABLE CROP YIELD AND PROFITABILITY TO ALL THOSE VEGETABLES THAT NEED TUTORING AND SUPPORT USING NETTING INSTEAD OF RAFFIA. Since 1994 we help professional growers and farmers improve their cucumber, tomatoes, melon, zucchini, bean, chile, peppers crops where trellises and supports are needed. HORTOMALLAS is the ideal system for cucurbitacea and solonacea to improve their phytosanitary conditions, while increasing the solar exposure and the brix degrees. Besides the obvious labor costs savings, the use of HORTOMALLAS increases the life span of the plant, allowing longer periods of harvests and of a greater quality. Call us, our crop specialists will help you with specialized attention in the Americas and the Iberian Peninsula!

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