Project Guide

Trellising Cucumbers

1
Choose Your Cucumbers
a single cucumber in the soil of a garden
  • If you want to grow cucumbers on a trellis, you must first determine which cucumber plants grow best vertically.
  • Choose a vining variety like Sumter and Marketmore instead of bush-type cucumber plants that naturally grow better among shrubbery.
  • Review the seed packet to see which type of crop you’ve chosen.
2
Prune the Cucumber Plant
person pruning plant leaves on a garden trellis
  • Wait until your cucumber plant begins to sprout then use pruners to trim the leaves along the bottom to allow for optimal air flow. This will keep the roots healthy and promote growth.
  • Alternatively, you can insert the trellis first and plant cucumber seeds around the base to help guide the growth.
3
Install the Cucumber Trellis
a garden trellis surrounded by lots of plants
  • Garden trellises come in a variety of sizes and styles to accommodate different kinds of plants and complement your outdoor decor. 
  • Choose one that fits your space and is tall enough to contain your growing crop. 
  • Most include stakes of some sort for easy installation and should be secured into the soil, along the main stem.
4
String the Cucumber Plant
cucumbers strung along a garden trellis
  • Use a thinly twisted rope or twine to tie the stem to the trellis. We recommend one made of natural fibers that are biodegradable like sisal or jute.
  • String the plant in multiple areas, leaving two or three inches of space in between. 
  • The purpose is to make sure your cucumber plant is propped upright and in proper position to grow vertically.


Thanks to:
UGA Extension in Cobb County
Cobb County Master Gardener Extension Volunteers
Green Meadows Preserve Community Garden
Cobb County P.A.R.K.S. 

Thanks to:
UGA Extension in Cobb County
Cobb County Master Gardener Extension Volunteers
Green Meadows Preserve Community Garden
Cobb County P.A.R.K.S.