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Choosing the right vegetable trellis for your organic orchard.

Lear how to improve your backyard crops with simply using a vegetable trellis.

Before cultivating vegetables or providing support for your vegetable crops, know that there are three kinds of climbers. Having a good knowledge of the three types of climbing vegetables and the vegetable trellis support required will make your garden management successful. Climbing vegetables likes to grow vertically, but the thing is different vines climb as well as spread in many different ways.

Basically, we have three types of climbing vegetables. They include vegetables with:

  1. Tendrils

  2. Twiners

  3. Scramblers

However, to choose the right support, growers need to know the differences in the growing tendencies of these vegetables.

vegetable trellis with cucumbers

Growing cucumbers on a trellis by HORTOMALLAS can be quite rewarding.  Cucumbers tendrils find their way to cling on to any pre-existing structure.

Common Vining Vegetables

  • Peas

  • Pole beans

  • Cucumbers

  • Squash

  • Tomatoes

  • Sweet potatoes

The fact is, one vegetable support structure might not fit all. So when you have sound knowledge of their growing tendencies, you can then provide the right support.

 Vegetable trellis with cukes

Trellises for vegetables are easily installed in an orchard or commercial scale plantation

Trellis for the 3 types of climbing vegetables

  1. Twiners

An example of a twiner is pole beans. As the vining stem of the plant grows upward, it wraps around anything it touches. Trellising twiners are not much of a problem because they are not selective. They grow and twine in an anticlockwise direction.

  1. Scramblers

Tomatoes and sweet potatoes belong to the category of non-climbing scrambling vines. Though they do not belong to the same family, but require the same support technique. You can support them with cages or tie to a trellis. In fact, trellising is a common practice used for vegetable support.

  1. Tendrils

Plants that falls into this category include squash varieties, cucumbers, and peas. They produce tendrils from the stem, which is what they use to grab and climb. These tendrils are selective. They prefer to grab and climb something that is organic or not metallic.

Bamboo vegetable trellis system

A classic bamboo stick cucumber trellis can be counterproductive as pests and bacteria may find refuge within the cracks of the wood.

Benefits of trellising vegetables

Gardeners benefit a lot from training or supporting vegetables. Encouraging crops like tomatoes to grow upright will make the plant to channel its energy towards producing more tomatoes than making more roots. Growers can also seize the opportunity to cultivate more crops in a small piece of land. Harvesting is also done easily when this trellis is used to grow crops. Trellising also encourages proper circulation which reduces the spread of diseases. It allows growers to cultivate healthy crops and achieve better fruit quality.

Trellising vegetables with netting

Trellising vegetables on a trellis netting will reduce pathogens and increase yields.

Another interesting reason while trellising vegetables should be encouraged is that it exposes vegetables to an adequate amount of sunlight. Light is very vital to the growth of vegetable crops and is needed for the plant to make their own food. When plants do not receive or are deprived of adequate sunlight, they tend to have stunted growth or may even wither and die.

HORTOMALLAS offers a well known trellis netting to be used with commercial vegetables plantations.  This net comes on a roll that is easily unwound directly in the field, the net is fastened (with or without a tensioning wire on top of the support poles that will allow the net to stand above the plants).  The net is generally installed either before the transplant of the nursery plants or after the direct seeding in the furrows.

Cucumber on a vegetable trellis

Cucumbers are excellent plants to be grown on a trellis thanks to their tendrils

Some plants, especially solanaceous are better supported with a double wall of nets along both sides of the row of plants.  As the plants develop and grow upwards spreading their branches horizontally thru the meshes of the plastic net, the horizontal strings of the net will act as catchers of the weight of the plant loaded with fruits.

Vegetable trellises with a V shape

A typical trellis ready to support a set of plants

Allowing the plant to be trained naturally using trellising net without human intervention will also increase the yield, as the plant will be saved from pathogens transmitted by the hands of the workers.  HORTOMALLAS trellis net for vegetables will last many growing seasons while its cost will be easily recouped during the first cuts of the crop.

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HORTOMALLAS manufactures and markets crop support nettings (trellising and tutoring as alternatives to the raffia twine labor intensive traditional system) that increase crop quality. Our Mission is to: INCREASE VEGETABLE CROP YIELD AND PROFITABILITY TO ALL THOSE VEGETABLES THAT NEED TUTORING AND SUPPORT USING NETTING INSTEAD OF RAFFIA. Since 1994 we help professional growers and farmers improve their cucumber, tomatoes, melon, zucchini, bean, chile, peppers crops where trellises and supports are needed. HORTOMALLAS is the ideal system for cucurbitacea and solonacea to improve their phytosanitary conditions, while increasing the solar exposure and the brix degrees. Besides the obvious labor costs savings, the use of HORTOMALLAS increases the life span of the plant, allowing longer periods of harvests and of a greater quality. Call us, our crop specialists will help you with specialized attention in the Americas and the Iberian Peninsula!

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