Growing Tips

Climbing Jack Seed Information

Climbing Jack Combo Pack Varieties

Bean

Pea

 

Tomato

 

Tomato (Cherry)

Passion fruit

 

Variety

Blue Lake Runner

Sugar Snap

Money Maker

Cocktail Mixture

Large Black

Kings Seeds No.

7043

7995

8544

8630

7985

Optimum soil temp germination

15 – 25⁰C

7 – 20⁰C

20 – 25⁰C

20 – 25⁰C

20 – 25⁰C

Germination time

7 – 10 days

6 – 10 days

7 – 14 days

7 – 14 days

7 – 14 days

Sowing instructions

Direct

Direct

Warm place & then transplant

Warm place & then transplant

Warm place & then transplant

Minimum sowing temp

(Check with thermometer)

12⁰C

7⁰C

12⁰C

12⁰C

12⁰C

Height

200cm

+ 100cm

150 – 200cm

200cm

200cm

Sowing spacing

5 – 10cm

10 – 20cm

(Transplant)

(Transplant)

(Transplant)

Final (growing)  density

1 per net mesh

(20cm)

1 – 2 per net mesh

(10 – 20cm

1 per 3 – 4 net meshes

(60 – 80cm)

1 per 3 – 4 net meshes

(60 – 80cm)

1 per 5 – 10 meshes

Usual times to sow/transplant

Spring – early summer

Early spring or late summer

Spring – early summer

Spring – early summer

Late spring – early autumn

 

Plant Information

Plant Variety

Image

Features

Bean

“Blue Lake Runner”

Phaseolus vulgaris

Beans

A straight, string-less, smooth, dark green bean with excellent freezing or processing qualities. The pods are round, tender and meaty and 15-18cm in length on vigorous, heavy yielding plants (55-60 days)

Pea

“Sugar Snap”

Pisium sativum

Peas

Sweet and crisp edible pod peas. Very popular in the USA since being introduced in 1979. The thick fleshy pods and peas inside are eaten as one – raw, lightly steamed or stir-fried. The vines are quite tall and need support.

Tomato

 

“Money maker”

Lycopersicon esuentum

Tomatoes

A well known and popular heirloom tomato since 1897. The great tasting 120-150g fruit are slightly flattened and globe shaped with blood red skin and firm cherry red flesh. The productive tall vines start maturing 80 days from transplant and have excellent disease resistance. Indeterminate. (80 days)

Cherry Tomato

“Cocktail Mixture”

Lycopersicon esuentum

Cherry Tomatoes

A blended mix of red and yellow varieties of pear, plum and round shapes of small Tomatoes. Perfect for cocktail sticks, garnishes or snacks. Indeterminate. (78 days)

Passionfruit

“Large Black”

Passiflora edulis

Passion Fruit

Selected Bay of Plenty strain. Delicious purple skinned fruits. Vigorous climber needing to grow up trellis in a sunny position. Mulch and water well over the summer months. Spraying for vine hopper will also control sooty mould on fruit. Every home should have one!

 

 

Growing Tips

 

Seed Sowing – For more information visit the likes of www.kingsseeds.co.nz

 

  1. Use seed raising mix or soil that is both free draining and holds moisture               
  2. Don’t sow seeds too deep. No more than 2 x the seed diameter.
  3. Ensure seed receives the correct amount of water
  4. Needs compaction to provide water contact around seed surface:
  • Don’t let dry out
  • Don’t over water = damping off diseases
  • Keep where night temperatures do not get too cold and there is access to sunlight
  1. Ensure  soil temperatures are sufficient. (Check with your Climbing Jack thermometer). Usually warmer temperatures = faster germination and seeding growth.
  2. Sort out slugs / snails etc.

 

 

Ventilation

 

Tomato laterals

Crops such as tomato’s can have a problem with disease due to too much leaf growth and too high a humidity close to the ground. The advantage that a climbing fence offers is that many of these lower leaves can removed. This provides good ventilation and a less favourable environment for the likes of disease causing fungi. With tomato’s you will also need to remove laterals – refer image.

 

Crop Rotation  

 

Your Climbing Jack is easy to disassemble / assemble allowing for easy relocation to other parts of your garden. This can be a benefit to reduce problems with soli borne diseases. They can become an issue with mono cropping in the same area year after year as is often the case with permanent, non relocatable growing fences. Just remember to not let the clip of the net end become tangled in the mesh when you slide the net up.

 

Soil Temperature

 

Often for growing and sowing seed times of the year are indicated. However this is often dependant on your local environment. What is standard is the minimum soil temperatures for germination and root growth. Use your Climbing Jack Soil Thermometer to check that soil temperatures are adequate.

 

Heavy Fruiting

 

If you are growing a crop such as tomato’s where the fruit gets particularly heavy near fruiting it is a good idea to tie trusses to the net to help support the extra weight. This prevents the truss from breaking from the stem

 

Further Growing Tips

 

There is a wide range of information available in gardening magazines, gardening books and websites.  For instance Google:

  • Growing Vegetables in NZ
  • Climbing Plants NZ