greenstubbs wrote:Kisal- Your answer has nothing to do with the question at hand, I'm not talking about supporting the fruit, I'm asking about trellis size! Fact- no matter the size of the fruit, if the supporting structure is strong enough to support the weight, there's no need to sling the fruit of the vine. Nature has already taken care of that! Ever see the size of a pumpkin stem? It's a vine, it's that size to support the weight without ripping off the vine, H2O melons too! Now, back to the subject at hand.
I beg to differ with your assessment. I once grew cantaloupes on a trellis and after having some of the fruit break away from the vine I supported the remainder with my wife's old pantyhose. Sure, the stem is thick and woody, the vine is not near as strong as the stem and I doubt seriously it will support a 20 lb. + pumpkin or similar watermelon just hanging in mid air.
You got some good advise the first time.