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Vegetable Gardening: Growing Pumpkin on a Trellis? Can This Really Be Done?

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cue_chik
Palm Coast, FL
(Zone 9a)

April 15, 2012
9:33 AM

Post #9083279

I'm planning on growing some 'Triple Treat' Pumpkin in my fall garden, problem is space. I've heard you can grow them on a trellis. Is this true? what keeps the fruits from falling off because of their weight?
podster
Deep East Texas, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 16, 2012
4:20 PM

Post #9085195

I am sure pumpkins could be grown on a trellis. I think the one you have selected is a bit large for supporting the pumpkins on the trellis.

I was not familiar with the 'Triple Treat' Pumpkin so researched the size. Burpees says 9 inches across and 8 pounds? If you haven't gotten the seed yet, you might look for a smaller pumpkin maybe.

Last summer I grew small melons on a trellis and used produce type mesh bags to use as slings to support the weight of the fruit so I know it can be done.

Good luck ~ Kristi
cue_chik
Palm Coast, FL
(Zone 9a)

April 16, 2012
4:23 PM

Post #9085198

Thanks podster, I already purchased the seed, but I may repurchase to grow on trellis now, lol
podster
Deep East Texas, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 16, 2012
7:36 PM

Post #9085471

I think I still have some seed for the small sugar pumpkin if you are interested I'll go look? Last years seed but they are stored in the freezer...
podster
Deep East Texas, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 16, 2012
7:40 PM

Post #9085478

Well... looking at their description, I'm not sure they are any smaller...

Small Sugar

115 days. This variety is famous for the making of pies. Small handy size but good producer. Fruits round 6 to 8 pounds, flattened at ends, rind hard, smooth, deep orange, somewhat ribbed. Flesh thick, sweet and dry, bright orange color and high quality. Sometimes called New England Pie

So I guess you might try the ones you have, sorry. Kristi
1lisac
Liberty Hill, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 16, 2012
9:00 PM

Post #9085566

You can tie them up with panty hose they stretch as the fruit grows. I would think 8lbs wouldn't be too big. Just don't stand under it to find out. Lol
cue_chik
Palm Coast, FL
(Zone 9a)

April 17, 2012
2:52 AM

Post #9085655

(wonder's who Kristi is...lol) anyway, I'm gonna give the 'Triple Treat' a go this fall and see what happens!
podster
Deep East Texas, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 17, 2012
5:03 AM

Post #9085727

LOL ~ and please do let me know how it does, Strudy trellis?

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