Vegetables and Fruit forum: Cantaloupe and Tomato

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Jun 21, 2017 7:14 PM CST
Hello, First summer gardening. In one of my raised beds I have a cantaloupe plant that is growing like a weed. About 30 inches from the root system of it I planted a tomato plant with a cage. The cantaloupe plant has spread to the tomato plant and has started to grow up the cage and plant itself. I'm concerned that the tomato plant will lose areas to grow as the plants battle for space and also that the invading plant will shade the tomato. I want to prune the cantaloupe back, but before doing so wondered if anyone has any insight into this. I can't find info in google searches to confirm what I want to do.

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Jun 22, 2017 7:13 AM CST
Welcome to NGA, @TypeOme

Maybe you could just (gently) remove/unwind the vine from the tomato plant and its cage and direct it elsewhere? (It might end up running outside of the raised bed, depending on the size of the bed of course.) I definitely don't think your tomato plant will do too well with a cantaloupe plant hanging off of it.
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Jun 22, 2017 7:26 AM CST
Welcome TypeOme.......Your the boss. Direct the growth anyway that you want. I have the fault of crowded plantings.....
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Jun 23, 2017 7:17 PM CST
Really you can't prune the cantaloupe. Just move the vine as others have suggested.

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