Should squash be on a trellis or grow on the ground - Knowledgebase Question

Jacksonville, Fl
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Question by kaygfox
April 23, 2010
Should we build a trellis to keep our squash off the ground...or just let it grow on the ground Something is eating the blossoms off completely. Thank you

Answer from NGA
April 23, 2010
Squash is happy sprawling on the ground but if you'd like to make a trellis for it you can. Train the vines up into the trellis and when the fruits begin to develop you'll want to make a sling for each one so the weight of the squash doesn't pull the vine down off the trellis. I use old nylon stockings, cradle each fruit in a length of the material and tie the material to the trellis. It expands and the fruit grows and holds it securely. Snails and slugs like the flower petals so check for signs of these pests. Squash blossoms last only one day, though and if the petals get wet from rain or water from the hose they can disintegrate in a short time so maybe that's what's happening. Best wishes with your squash!

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