Supporting Cucumber Plants
Some of the advantages of the act of supporting cucumber plants include keeping the fruits clean, easier to harvest and preventing the fruits from diseases while also accessing every challenge in the garden easily. The various ways of supporting cucumber plants include cucumber cages, stakes, trellis, etc.
Types of Cucumber Support
Practically, the sides of a cage will most likely support the stems of the cucumber when we grow them in a cage, so there will be no need to stake or tie them. However, a good number of these cages used are too small that it won’t serve undefined varieties; of course, you can always buy bigger ones. But In case you want to make even larger supporting cucumber plant cage, then you need 5-foot, 10-gauge concrete reinforcement wire with 6-inch openings. Just cut a 4 1/4-foot length of the wire, and then coil it to form a circular cage about 18 inches in diameter. The bottom two levels of horizontal wire can be cut off to produce legs which you can use to hold the cucumber by pushing the legs into the ground. In areas where there are winds, make additional stakes and fix them on the ground on opposite sides, this will give more stability. These cages should be 4 feet apart, although the size and variety of your cucumber will determine.
You need to place a stake into the ground beside by each cucumber plant in this type of supporting cucumber plants method and then allow the plant be attached to the stake as it grows. Let space be between 2-4 feet wide under, while it should be 6 to 8 feet tall for stakes for indeterminate varieties with a foot or so in the ground for stability. Wood, plastic, and bamboo can all serve but you can create your own stakes from a pipe or other materials. Do tie the main stem to the stake after setting them up. To prevent injuries to the stem, this should be done loosely with soft nature.
In this style of supporting cucumber plants, there is a combination of the already mentioned styles above. The trellis is built by inserting 4-inch wooden posts or pole into the ground using a distance of 10 feet apart and let the top of the post be 5 or 6 feet high. Remember that this poles when the cucumber fruits start growing will carry the weight of the cucumber so make sure they have enough depth and strength to do this. To each of the post, a concrete reinforcement wire should be tied or you can use wire fencing with 6-inch openings. Leave a space from the bottom of the wire to the ground, about a foot or high enough to let your tiller clear underneath. Now 3 to 4 feet apart along the length, plant the cucumber plant. Guide the plant stems in winding through the trellis and when the need arises, tie them. However, be careful to note that the wire trellis unmovable, unlike the two other staking methods.
Heavy Permanent Trellis remains constantly in one place because they are permanent as the name suggests and they look figurines sitting in the winter empty. This type of supporting cucumber plants anytime any day is a good choice, just that to build it, you need a bit of hard work, welding skills and necessary tools.