Chile Net, the Trellis Netting for Pepper Plants

Chile Net & HORTOMALLAS® support

By using chile net (CHILI PEPPER netting or CHILIES) you will learn how to increase your field production, decreasing your costs and possibly achieve an organic certification.  In solonaceae like chilies, HORTOMALLAS® tutoring net is installed on both sides of the furrow as to prevent the plant from falling over while at the same time creating a sort of sandwich between the two nets and the plant (see the picture here to realize how to fasten the foot of the netting against the baby plant to ensure its growth from the onset) .

  This double wall system of netting

allows the plant to grow without any help from the field crew, and this savings not only will reflect itself as a number of hours saved on this task, but most importantly will be appreciated by the fact that a plant that is not handled continually will be more vigorous and will send its energy to fill the fruits rather than trying to re-accommodate itself all the time it is moved to follow the sun.

trellis netting
An example of how to train peppers using a double wall of HORTOMALLAS® trellis netting

The other advantage is phytosanitary

as each time an worker handles a plant it exposes it to mechanical transmission of pathogens like viruses, bacteria or fungi, this problem occurs when the workers, whom need to handle many plants in a row in order to achieve their objectives, will come in contact with a sick and diseased plant and start touching other healthy plants in the crop.  This mechanical transmission is considered the most probable after insects as the hands of your own employees become vectors for disease transmission.

raffia twine
Mechanical transmission of pathogens is what your crop is exposed to when you use raffia twine for plant support. Eliminate pathogens using HORTOMALLAS® trellis netting

Also, once the plant is allowed to grow freely without continuous handling for tutoring its branches, there will be an increase in production of chilies peppers as the plant will not be subjected to mechanical stress, it is known that mechanical stress in tomatoes and chilies will affect the crop results with a decrease in production that varies between 8 and 10% of the final yield.  Do the math, still interested in using raffia twine for your crop support?!

How mechanical stress (human hands) cause a drop in crop yield

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