Cucumbers have two different growth habits: bush and vining. Bush varieties are compact and don’t require a trellis. The most productive and delicious heirloom cucumber plant varieties (such as China Jade, Suyo Long) are vine cucumbers.
Vining cucumber varieties can really benefit from growing vertically on a trellis. A trellis saves garden space, makes it easier to see the hanging fruits, and protects them from soil critters & pests like potato bugs. If you are growing compact bush cucumbers, a trellis is not necessary.
Other common questions: “How tall should cucumber trellises be?” and “Do I need to train cucumbers on a trellis?”
A cucumber trellis can be anywhere between 3-6 feet tall. Unlike pole beans which can reach the clouds, cucumbers are relatively small and well behaved vines.
We find it helpful to train the cucumber plants by tying the stems loosely up the trellis with small pieces of jute twine or string as they grow. This provides good air circulation while protecting the plants from wind.
1. Bamboo cucumber trellis
2. DIY wood and string trellis
Wood and string trellis
Is it better to grow cucumbers on a trellis or on the ground? After growing cucumbers every year in our garden for many years, we think a trellis or even a simple stake is very beneficial for cucumber plants. Your cucumbers plants are more productive, and the fruits are more protected from bugs & pests.
3. Pallet cucumber trellis
how to build a Pallet cucumber trellis
A simple cucumber trellis can be made from a pallet! This pallet trellis is supported by 2 wood stakes. Although the cucumber tendrils may not grab onto the pallet wood slats, you can easily weave the sprawling leaves through the openings.
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