Training plants to a net trellis
The modern farmer looks for ways to farm using fewer agrochemicals in order to produce organically and this can be accomplished by trellising with HORTOMALLAS® plant netting. In order to increase profits, the grower needs to increase planting density and at the same time protect the crop of produce from attacks by pathogens or create an environment where there is not reduced productivity as the result of mechanical stress induced by rough handling of the plant.
The HORTOMALLAS® plant netting, to which plants can train themselves, provides an ideal support system for trellising vegetable crops. It guides the plant vertically, far away from wet soil, allowing it to develop in such a way that the foliage can maximize photosynthesis. This gives vegetables the necessary components for growth and for producing a good harvest with good economical returns. Trellising correctly with a HORTOMALLAS® net trellis permits diminishing the incidence of viral, bacterial, and fungal pathogens by having a healthier plant that will be able to resist attacks by external agents. This cropping practice also eliminates the need for handling the plants to train them to the trellis. This improvement in plant health by using a HORTOMALLAS® net trellis is due to the reduction in manual labor, which not only lowers operating costs but also limits the transmission of plant pathogens by physical contact and mechanical stress from rough handling, which is all too common when the trellis is made with twine.
For solanaceae like tomatoes, chili, or peppers it is advisable to use the double panel netting for plants (one on each side of the plants for the length of the row). This makes it possible to sandwich the plants between the two nets and thus avoid, or at least diminish, the chores of manually training the plants to the trellis. This handling with the hands is the cause of transmitting pathogens by physical contact from one diseased plant to all the rest of the crop (with the workers’ hands being the vectors).