How to Grow Cucumbers on a Trellis

Overview

Cucumbers grow on vines. In larger garden beds they are often left a large area in which to sprawl across the ground. In smaller beds or container gardens this takes up unnecessary space. Training your cucumber vines to a trellis not only saves space, it also prevents the cucumbers from rotting, which may occur when they are in contact with damp soil and easily accessible to insect damage. Trellises do not need to be fancy or expensive, just strong enough to support the plant.

Step 1

Cut a 2x2 board into 4-foot lengths using a hand or table saw. Use two 4-foot boards for each plant in a container garden, or use a board for every 4 feet of row in a garden bed.

Step 2

Cut concrete reinforcing mesh to the length required for your trellis using wire snips. Cut an 8-foot length for an 8-foot long cucumber bed, or cut a 2-foot length for a 2-foot diameter container.

Step 3

Set a cut 2x2 under each end of the reinforcing mesh. Arrange the mesh so that the bottom 8 inches of the boards are not covered in the mesh.

Step 4

Cut eight 10-inch lengths from strong wire. Wrap the wire through the mesh and around each board and twist the wire tightly to secure them together. Use four wires per each end, spacing the wires approximately 10 inches apart.

Step 5

Place the trellis into the ground behind the cucumber plant. Push the boards into the soil like you would stakes, using a mallet to help drive them in if necessary.

Step 6

Tie the vines loosely to the mesh as the plant grows, using cloth plant ties. When fruit sets, create a sling by tying either end of a cloth strip to the mesh and setting the fruit on top the cloth.

Tips and Warnings

  • Do not tie the vines to the trellis too tightly or they may be damaged. Too tight ties may also stunt growth. If your area is particularly windy, use longer boards and drive them deeper into the ground.

Things You'll Need

  • 2x2 boards
  • Saw
  • Concrete reinforcing mesh
  • Wire snips
  • Heavy wire
  • Mallet
  • Cloth plant ties

References

  • University of Minnesota Extension
Keywords: cucumber trellis, training cucumber vines, small space gardening

About this Author

Jenny Harrington is a freelance writer of more than five years' experience. Her work has appeared in "Dollar Stretcher" and various blogs. Previously, she owned her own business for four years, selling handmade items online, wholesale and via the crafts fair circuit. Her specialties are small business, crafting, decorating and gardening.