Growing icebox watermelons in mulch cultivation. The vertically cultivated icebox watermelons have continued to grow well even after bearing fruit. We’ve reached a certain size, so we’re putting up a net to support the icebox watermelon fruits.
Icebox watermelons have grown to about 7cm (2.76 inch) in diameter, three days after fertilization.
We fertilized the icebox watermelons in mid-June.
Even though they are icebox watermelons, if they continue to grow like this, they will become a decent size. When they get larger, the weight of the fruits can strain the vines, causing them to bend or break. So, we put up nets to support the icebox watermelon fruits.
We use mesh-type drawstring bags for the net. It’s not specifically for icebox watermelons, but it’s sold in the gardening section of home improvement stores (DIY stores) , so it should be easy to find. At home improvement stores and DIY stores, they are sold under the names 'Fruit netting bag with drawstring’ or 'Mesh vegetable bag’ and etc…. The size of the net we’re using this time is 50cm x 30cm (1.64 ft x 1 ft).
Supporting icebox watermelons grown through vertical cultivation with a net (How to make a hammock-style net)
First, bring the side part of the net (the one with the strings sticking out) to the front.
Shape the bottom and tie it with twine. (Tie it securely to prevent it from coming loose due to the weight of the icebox watermelon.)
All you need to do is pull and tighten the string on the opening side, and it becomes a hammock-style net.
You should tie the strings at both ends of the hammock to the stakes or net.
Once you have the hammock-style net ready, let’s actually put the icebox watermelon in it. If the icebox watermelon fits inside the net, then this task is complete.
Following is the video for how-to. English subtitles are available.