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Advantages of Vertical Trellis in growing Vegetables

Merits of Vertical Trellises as a form to improve crop yields

Vertical trellis fencing is very common because of its decorative design as well as other benefits. When plants are grown vertically on a fence, they do not only look attractive but also perform well. Growing plants horizontally can affect its performance in many ways. They become exposed to damages, too. Many of the leaves which are required for photosynthesis can become damaged as well as the fruits. Bugs can also infest the plants because they can become over dumb due to excess watering.

vertical trellis with bamboo poles
Outdoor crops grown on vegetable vertical trellises will grow healthier and require less agrochemicals.

However, the benefits of growing plants vertically are as follows:

  • Crops are disease free on netting

Growing plants vertically can help them stay clear of diseases. They are not only less prone to coming in contact with diseases but also grow healthier fruits and foliages. Unsupported plants grow horizontally which makes it easier to come in contact with diseases from the ground. They might also face attacks from insects which reduce the quality of fruits. Growing plants vertically can help avoid attacks from insects and reduce fruit damage. They also receive more sunlight because foliages of the plant are exposed to enough light. On the other hand, gardeners can spot diseases among plants easily.

  • Save space trellising vertically

Growers with limited space can still grow more crops. All it takes it proper space management which can be achieved easily by growing plants vertically. Growing plants vertically also adds other benefits apart from the part that it saves space. It makes the gardening look more appealing and make space available for other outdoor entertainment such family get-together or picnic.

vertical trellis inside a greenhouse
A bell pepper greenhouse using vertical trellis netting in a double wall form.
  • Easy trellis management

double trellis netting inside a greenhouse
The double trellis netting method supports the lateral branches of the plants without any human intervention.

Growing crops like vegetables vertically usually take little time and effort. Gardeners can efficiently water their crops by when they are grown vertically. The fruits, as well as leaves, do not become over watered as the water goes directly to the roots. On the other hand, harvesting fruits from a vertical trellis is much easier than when plants are allowed to grow horizontally.

Choosing the right crop for a vertical trellis net.

Choosing the right plant to grow and the support to use is very important. However, the right plant should be the one that produces vines to grab and climb onto the support. Vegetables that can be trellised include beans, squash, peas, cucumber, and tomatoes. These plants tend to perform well when grown in a vertical position. They fruit and produce more foliage because they are exposed to an adequate amount of sunlight, proper air circulation and free from bug infestations.

vertical trellis in a backyard
Vertical trellises also help backyard growers reach higher crop yields like in any commercial agriculture operation.

Vertical trellises are very useful for commercial farmers.

Growers looking for ways to increase yield, manage limited space and grow crops with less stress can adopt growing plants vertically. This technique also makes the garden more appealing for visitors and passerby. However, choosing the right support to use is also very important. It depends on the crop being cultivated and the choice of the grower too.

Vertical trellis on cucurbits
Cucurbits are great examples of plants that grow easily on vertical trellising 
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