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nat tan
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I don't know if anyone else has this problem (is this even a problem?) where the vining plant is longer or wants to grow taller than the trellis I made (which was kind of a pyramid teepee shape with vertical strings for climbing, around 6 ft tall)

I'm growing mucuna pruriens and it's trying to reach for other things nearby.

I don't have much space on my plot to really expand since I'm part of a community garden, but I was wondering if this is bad for it long term. Or if there are any solutions for it. Obviously I can't untangle it and try to get it to climb something bigger, so what should I do?


It's one of my first times growing a climbing plant. I'll take a picture next time I go if necessary.

Any help is appreciated thanks
 
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With my green beans I just let them overshoot the trellis structure and then waterfall back down. If the trellis is taller than you are then it is easy to get underneath the falling vines and harvest from the middle. It's actually kinda nice to be standing in that shade while I work.

If you can attach anything to the top of your trellis, maybe you could convert it to an umbrella trellis. It's a fairly popular trellis design that encourages vines to spread horizontally before they fall down.

Ultimately, as long as your plant is getting sufficient airflow, overgrowing the trellis probably won't do it any harm. Where you might run into problems is if it gets so big and heavy that it pulls down your trellis.
 
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We have some longer vine plants and my wife trains them to grow back and forth across the trellis, ascending step by step, rather than going straight up.
 
nat tan
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Ok whew. Thanks everyone
Glad there's nothing to be concerned about so far
 
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