Five reasons why you should grow cucumbers on a trellis no matter how big your garden is – and how to grow them vertically for your best crop yet!
Do you grow cucumbers on a trellis or let them sprawl on the ground? I’ve always grown them on a trellis because I didn’t want them taking up too much room. But over the years I’ve discovered that there are a lot of other benefits to growing cucumbers vertically even if you do have lots of room in your garden and are not trying to “Square Foot Garden” or save space.
I think you’ll agree with me, so after sharing why to grow cucumbers up instead of out, find exactly how to do it, since you’ll need to do a few things differently. It’s worth learning a few new techniques – I promise.
Five Reasons to Grow Cucumbers on A Trellis
- The plants are easier to water at the main stem, which keeps the plant leaves drier (this is recommended to help keep fungal diseases at bay).
- The fruit is easier to harvest. They are hanging nearer to eye level and are easier to spot, plus the prickly stems and leaves are neatly confined so the risk of getting all scratched up is minimized (this is the biggest benefit in my book!).
- The fruit is cleaner when it doesn’t touch the dirt.
- The fruit is a uniform color (no light spots where they rested on the ground).
- The fruit is straighter, with less misshapen ones.
All this is in addition to the smaller footprint needed to grow a large number of cucumbers!
Are you convinced? I thought so. While cucumbers are easy to grow vertically, there are just three things you’ll need to do differently to grow cucumbers up instead of out.