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Old 07-27-2015, 12:04 AM
 
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I want to plant some passion fruit vines, and need a trellis. sounds simple enough.
The passionfruit is said to grow to 10x15ft. So I decided to get at least something comparable, like a 6x8ft trellis. Looking at trellises (plastic, PVC, so it will not rot), and the largest one is 5ft x 7ft and needs to be supported by a wall. So, I am thinking now on getting some vinyl fence posts/rails and lattice sheets and building one 6x8ft trellis myself. That would cost $100+.

So, do you people use very large trellises for vine plants, do you buy them or make them? How big is the usuall size?
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Old 07-27-2015, 06:46 AM
 
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I've seen passion fruit grown along a fence as well. The fence itself is a stable structure for the vines. For a trellis, you need to be sure the structure is stable and strong enough to carry the weight of the vines. Most trellises that come premade would not be sufficient, IMO. A wooden trellis, with the posts dug 30 inches in the ground would be best. And be sure the posts are treated such that they can survive being placed in the ground ("exterior lumber" does not mean it can survive soil contact).
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Old 07-28-2015, 12:04 PM
 
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For heavy vines I use 6 inch diameter fence posts. I'm using strainer wire, but for complete coverage, you could use a hog panel. No plant is going to pull down a trellis of 6 inch posts and hog panels. Hog panels are usually 8 foot lengths but you can get them longer for a taller trellis.
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Old 07-28-2015, 09:30 PM
 
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PVC pipe comes in 10 foot section as well as 2 foot sections at home depot. With the connectors and the adhesive you could build a trellis for less than 20 dollars
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Old 07-28-2015, 09:48 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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I have those nylons trellises on my wood fence. The passion grows well on it. I put like 4 of those nylons side by side. They are super tough
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Old 07-28-2015, 11:39 PM
 
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I have those nylons trellises on my wood fence. The passion grows well on it. I put like 4 of those nylons side by side. They are super tough
how big are each? The big ones are quite expensive, $130-200. I am planning to build 6x8 pieces for $100 each, that would require 2 of those $150 panels.

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PVC pipe comes in 10 foot section as well as 2 foot sections at home depot. With the connectors and the adhesive you could build a trellis for less than 20 dollars
PVC pipe is expensive. If you use pipe for frame, then you need probablu 2" thick, that is $10/10ft. If the netting is made of pipes (0.5") as well, thats probably $100++ one panel.
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Old 07-29-2015, 09:45 AM
 
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The white PVC pipe I buy at home depot is way less than that. WAY Less.
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Old 08-07-2015, 10:53 AM
 
Location: S. FL (hell for me-wife loves it)
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I built these using plastic fencing available at Lowes, and raw fence posts I painted. The raised beds are used for alternating veggies.

My wife grows many types of passions, and she has them on these types of trellises too. P. edulis is a heavy vine, and it supports them very well. I suggest painting the entire posts before digging the hole and concreting them in. It helps stop rot.

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Old 08-07-2015, 11:11 AM
 
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Do those boxes ^^^ provide enough root depth to grow your veggies?
I always think I need major space for the roots to grow deep enough...

I can't tell what you've planted there.
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Old 08-07-2015, 03:20 PM
 
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I built these using plastic fencing available at Lowes, and raw fence posts I painted. The raised beds are used for alternating veggies.

My wife grows many types of passions, and she has them on these types of trellises too. P. edulis is a heavy vine, and it supports them very well. I suggest painting the entire posts before digging the hole and concreting them in. It helps stop rot.
Could you list the exact materials you used?
What holds the lattice to the rails for example, or what type of rail material you used?

It might be late, but I already purchased vinyl components, lattice panels, normal-fence-posts, horse-fence-rails, perforated metal plates (to attach to both the post and the rail) and screws.
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