tiggs&oscar wrote:I've just read an interesting article re melons where they are grown in a greenhouse and allowed to trail up and then when the fruit hangs down the melons are supported by stockings! This is obviously in the British climate re the greenhouse and it advised keeping only four fruit to each plant.
Last year I was at Longwood Gardens (Kennett Square, PA, USA) and the were growing some kind of melons using that same technique but bagging with some professional looking nets that would expand with melon growth. As a result we decided to grow some "sweet delicious honey dew" melons in a container this year. We have 2ft(lgth)x 1ft (wdth)x 1ft (dpth) containers running around our deck with an in ground irrigation system set up to a water timer. As it is on the deck they are set close to the railing (plastic, white) and we have invested in a white plastic expanding trellis which will be attatched to the railing via zip ties (easy on easy off). The idea being that as the plant grows we can start to train it up the trellis and use a bagging device to support the melons as the grow. We also figure we will need to do this for our Brandywines (heirloom) as they apparently can grow to about 1lb in size.
I will keep you informed as to how this experiment works.