Cucumber netting, allowing the plant to trellis… naturally!
Tutoring cucurbitaceae with cucumber trellis netting is a rewarding endeavor as the moment a horticulturist allows this kind of techniques to be used to train the cucumber plant. Like most cucurbits the idea of training these type of plants is to let the plant´s natural ability to climb do the actual trellising work instead of manually moving and attaching the plant to the trellis system. Cucumbers have an orbiting or coiling tendril system that searches for a point of attachment to some existing structure or plant. These cucumber tendrils spin naturally (in very slow motion) until they run into HORTOMALLAS® cucumber trellis netting´s meshes, and start coiling fastening the point of contact to the Gherkin plant. As the plant keeps on growing naturally upwards, new tendrils will sprout and do the same coiling dance to support the plant vertically.
How cucumber coiling tendrils attach to HORTOMALLAS® cucumber trellis netting
Nature is very wise as we all know as it uses efficient ways to reach its equilibriums and self-sustainability, as Francis Bacon wrote “nature can only be commanded by obeying her” and
The peduncle of a gherkin is strong enough to support the weight of the fruit (HORTOMALLAS® cucumber trellis netting can withstand up to 65 kilos per linear meter, unfortunately for the grower no cucumber plant can reach these weight limits) even if the plant is growing at 90 degrees from the ground, so there will not be any detrimental issues with chocking. Unlike cucumbers grown on the soil that will have a yellowish tone on the side they were in contact with the humidity of the ground or mulch, gherkins cucumbers grown on HORTOMALLAS® trellising net will have an even green color that the market pays more for.
HORTOMALLAS® support netting compared to trellising cucumbers with raffia twine
Allowing gherkins to grow vertically and away from the ground with HORTOMALLAS® will save the grower many spraying of agrochemicals as the plant will have drier leaves and be less affected by diseases, especially fungal and bacterial ones, as the meshes allow the plant to extend at 360 degrees as compared to tutoring on raffia where the plant is only allowed to grow on the twine. Also compared to the raffia twine system the cucumber trellis netting does not need an operator to continually touch the plant in order to guide it upwards, and this reduces the mechanical contagion of diseases by the hands of the workers and mechanical stress which is known to reduce crop yields between 8 to 10%, due to the time it takes for the plant to readjust to the new position and the abrasion and flower and young fruits losses due to handling.