Crop netting, the support for optimal development of vegetables.
Crop netting is a versatile and economical solution for supporting some of the most productive vegetables. Especially vertical cultivation improves the optimal development of plants, maximizing the exposition to light, and improving aeration into the mass of foliage. At the same time crop netting helps to save space and time. HORTOMALLAS Crop netting is strong enough to sustain the weight of the abundant canopy, numerous vines and heavy crops depending on the variety of the product. Indeed some varieties actually need a support system to grow up.
Legumes like peas and climbing beans – pole beans – need support to climb. While beans climb as a spiral along a pole, the peas have cirrus or tendrils which cling to anything with which they make contact. For the first simple sticks could be enough, for the latter crop netting is a necessary structure to facilitate the optimal growth. Peas can be seeded in two rows and between them it is recommended to place crop netting draped over poles arranged one next to another. In this way, the peas would fill the two sides of the support.
Tomatoes benefit from crop netting which gives a support to the plant and its fruits, avoiding the problems of the “on-ground” cultivation. In fact when climbing tomato plants are tied to trellis net, its fruits are kept clean and the risk of diseases is reduced. Furthermore it is easy to apply pests control products and check up the appropriate development. Plants are ready to climb about 14 days after transplantation. Be sure to instal the spalier system when plants are still small to not damage them. Depending on the tomato variety, the spalier should be 1.80 to 2.40 meters high. In fact some kind of tomato plants grow up to certain point and then stop, but an hybrid plant can expand very much.
Thanks to crop netting you can get a very abundant and homogeneous harvest, easy to recollect. In case you need to tie the plant you can use HORTOCLIP, specially designed clips for horticulture usage, easy to open and close and recyclable after appropriate disinfection.
Poles should be properly anchored especially if it is windy and the soil is blend. Fasten the crop net to the posts at approximately one foot from the ground. Tomatoes plants should be planted 3 to 4 feet apart along the crop netting installation. Guide the branches to wind through the square meshes at the beginning and fix them to the net as required.
Crop net is very durable and it is reusable over different cycles of cultivation. Nevertheless it is recommended to rotate tomatoes with other crops, such as pole beans or cucumbers after appropriate cleaning and disinfection.
Two walls of crop netting is a very efficient technique to tutor plants without the need of manually guiding the branches. Especially tomato, chili, peppers and eggplant can benefit from this method that resembles a sandwich. In fact the row of the plants would be between two lines of crop netting.