Melons to Grow on a Trellis

Many varieties of fruits and vegetables require large garden plots and plenty of space. Other plants need less room to grow. The twining habit of vines enables them to grow in areas with limited space. Vine plants, such as melons, grow upright on trellises, eliminating the need for wide expanses of surface soil. Small types of bush melons also grow well on trellises. Consider the characteristics of individual melon plants and select suitable types to grow on a trellis.

Sakata's Sweet

This Asian variety of melon produces small fruit, making it an ideal choice for growing on a trellis. These fruits weigh between 3 and 4 lbs. when ripe. Sakata's sweet melons produce a crispy, sweet fruit with gold-striped rinds.

Vert Grimmpant

The miniature fruit of this melon makes it a suitable choice for a trellis garden. This French heirloom plant produces oblong fruit weighing around 1 to 2 lbs. These fruits contain green flesh.

Honey Bun

The short vines of the honey bun melon produce several 4- to 5-inch fruits. This bush melon produces orange-colored flesh.

Little Baby Flowers

This type of hybrid melon bears small fruit along its vines. The brightly striped shell of this melon creates an interesting appearance on a trellis. The round fruits measure about 5 inches and weigh between 2 and 4 lbs. This round melon contains dark pink flesh.

Athena

This muskmelon requires about 80 days to begin producing fruit. Athena plants produce rounded and oval-shaped fruits. Minor netting of the developing fruits supplies adequate support through development and maturity. The flesh of this melon resembles the fruit of a common cantaloupe.

Galia

The blossoms of this melon produce a strong odor. This type of muskmelon yields high amounts of fruit, making it a productive choice for a trellis garden. Galia melons require netting to hold the fruits on the trellis. These melons readily slip off the vine as they ripen and mature.

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