How do you actually tie a zuc to a pole?

just.keep.digging(6a)May 2, 2012

Hello, im tryin to grow my zucs vertically. I planted them between 2-4 inches away from a home depot u channel post. How/where do i tie them to the post? They dont have any clear parts on the stem, its completely covered w leaves & some tiny blossoms! Do i have to wait till they are bigger, or are they too big? They are about 8 in tall & 1 ft wide. Do just wrap the tie (im using panty hose) around the stem, leaves & all to tie it up? Im also going to put nylon netting around them. Does that make a difference in how i should do anything? Also how big of a space should i leave between the plant & the netting? I was going to do squares of netting. Sorry for all the ?s this is my 1st time ever trying to grow vertically & i cannot find any clear instructions on how to do this. Any advice/links/pictures would be great help! Thanks!

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digdirt2(6b-7a No.Cent. AR HZ8 Sun-35)

What variety? Most zucchini are bush types so I don't think you could grow it vertically without damage to the plant. Even the short mini vines it grows would snap IMO and the leaf stems sure will snap.

But there are a couple of vining types.


    Bookmark   May 2, 2012 at 8:54PM
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I dont know if it can be done....BUT....if it can the square foot garden forum would probably be the place to ask.

    Bookmark   May 2, 2012 at 9:09PM
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leira(6 MA)

I've attached Italian vining zucchinis to a fence with little ties (make sure they're thick/soft enough not to cut into the vines), and there's plenty of room along the stem, between leaves, to do so.

Almost all zucchinis that you'll encounter in the U.S. are bush varieties, however, unless you go out of your way to find something different.

    Bookmark   May 2, 2012 at 9:27PM
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mrswaz(Z5A NE WI)

There was a fabulous post a few years back with some photos from gardener 'snibb' on how he vertically trained a zucchini. Perhaps that thread will help you.

Here is a link that might be useful: Growing Zucchini Vertically

    Bookmark   May 3, 2012 at 11:25AM
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Lol thats the exact post that made me want to grow them vertical! I just couldnt picture where you wrap the tie around the stem of the plant. But after rereading he says every ft or so. Im very anxious to try it, so ill just kinda wait & see! They are growing strong, even against the hordes of slugs! Thank you for bringing that link up, since i had never seen that comment.

    Bookmark   May 3, 2012 at 1:44PM
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