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Greenhouse Twine: Useful and Simple Options

Greenhouse Twine: Useful and Simple Options

Get to know more about the different kinds of greenhouse twine on the market and how they protect your crops at all times.

Is it really necessary to use twine in your greenhouse?

Greenhouse Twine: As we mentioned above, raffia string and twine are “special” cords or strings for use in greenhouses, but what does “special” mean in this context? Manufacturers like us make these twines from braided polyethylene fibers to create a strong, flexible and lightweight cord. It can be used to tie or support simple structures. Since we make this product from synthetic materials, it lasts longer. Our raffia twine doesn’t unravel or tear easily. It is resistant to acidity in the soil, phytosanitary products, pesticides and other agricultural chemicals.

rafia para invernaderos
Plants guided using the traditional raffia string method

Raffia materials

In other words, growers can go without using greenhouse raffia twine, but they put themselves at a disadvantage. If they replace this product with other materials available on the market, they put themselves at risk. Alternative string and twine are not designed for or treated to resist the environmental conditionals and chemicals found in greenhouses. Our greenhouse raffia twine is even designed to stand up when under attack by the vermin who constantly insist on ruining our produce. Other products may not be and that means that growers who use alternative twine have to constantly replace it. This may represent a large expense.

Greenhouse RaffiaTwines: Uses and Types

Poly-shade raffia netting for greenhouses: Greenhouses usually need sun and shade cycles so that plants grow correctly. The right cycle means that produce reaches a larger size, better color, sweeter aroma and richer flavor. Growers impact these characteristics by blocking ultraviolet rays (UV). They achieve this by using a mesh made from raffia twine. Shade cloth is woven using a special technique that allows for angled openings from 30 to 90 degrees between the warp threads. The angle ensures that the fabric will create a uniform shadow over the area that it covers, reducing the inside temperature. It also lowers the rate of daytime evaporation meaning the crop needs less water.

mesh uses

Growers often employ multi-use raffia twine shade cloth to cover vegetable crops, greenhouses, cut flowers, fruit trees and shrubs, and herbs. In each of these cases, if the crops receive full sunlight, growers risk heat-damaged plants and that soil degrades due to exposure to constant solar radiation. For example, in a tropical climate with around 12 hours of strong sunlight, growers should use a cloth with an 80% shade factor.

Rafia poli sombra en invernaderos.
In general, greenhouses need cycles of sun and shade that will allow the correct development of the plants.

Types of raffia for greenhouses

In the current market, growers can find a range of shade fabrics, in an array of colors, to block excess sunlight from harming their crops. Black shade fabric results in darker shade but causes the temperature to rise. This is something to consider depending on the crop you want to plant.

Green shade cloth increases the temperature as well, but less than black. This color of fabric also increases plants’ production of chlorophyll. Finally, green cloth is more attractive—it blends in better than lighter colors which can be jarring.
White shade cloth lowers the temperature and helps growers have more control over it. This fabric also blocks harsh sunlight. Unfortunately, its color makes it conspicuous and less attractive than the alternatives.

Silver-colored shade cloth, not aluminum coated, reflects almost all sunlight and slows the growth of the plants beneath. This color of shade cloth has little to no application in agriculture.

Depending on the shade factor percentage, which refers to the density of the fabric’s weave, more or less light is blocked from reaching the crops below it.

The amount of sunlight that the mesh represses on the crops.

  • A shade factor of 40% lets 60% of the sunlight through. This sheds a light shadow which keeps the area it covers cool, but without blocking too much light.
  • Fabric with a factor of 60% allows 40% of the sun’s light through. This is ideal for creating microclimates where growers can control the temperature and moisture.
  • A 70% shade factor lets 30% of the sunlight through and is ideal for sunny areas. It is often used in flower farming greenhouses and backyards
  • Cloth with 80% shade factor allows just 20% of the sunlight through, blocking sunlight almost entirely from reaching the area it covers. Shade cloth with this factor is employed in arid places to improve soil hydration. Covering a plot with a shade cloth of 80% lowers the amount of evaporation.
entutorado en invernaderos


Trellising in a greenhouse, using HORTOMALLAS® trellis netting

Raffia spool uses

Spoils of raffia string for greenhouses or agricultural raffia twine are spools of different lengths and colors depending on the manufacturer. The majority are extremely resistant to weather conditions, agricultural chemicals and acids found in the environment where they’re used. Synthetic raffia cords are commonly used to tie and adjust the plastic walls of greenhouses. They ensure that gusts of wind won’t blow the structure away. Raffia twine is also perfect for guiding plants that need to reach a certain height, keeping produce from touching the soil and deteriorating. This is called tutoring, guiding or trellising and is used with tomatoes, caigua, and blackberries.

Comparación de Rafia con Malla Espaldera
Guiding plants with trellis netting requires less handling of the plants when compared to raffia twine. This means your crop is exposed to fewer pathogens as well.

Different uses of raffia for greenhouses

Additionally, raffia twine for greenhouses may also be used to hand pots and planters. Some people use it for inverting plants, which is all the rage currently. Of course, when we purchase a spool, it’s vital to ensure that this raffia twine is meant for agricultural use. As we’ve already mentioned, greenhouse twine comes with special protection against UV rays, making it longer lasting. Maintanence is minimal—you just need to replace it periodically depending on how long you’ve used it. This is because the fibers deteriorate even though they’re synthetic. This makes the twine weaker, so after a certain amount of use, it should be renewed.

Get to know more about the different kinds of greenhouse twine on the market and how they protect your crops at all times.

Is it really necessary to use twine in your greenhouse?

Greenhouse Twine: As we mentioned above, raffia string and twine are “special” cords or strings for use in greenhouses, but what does “special” mean in this context? Manufacturers like us make these twines from braided polyethylene fibers to create a strong, flexible and lightweight cord. It can be used to tie or support simple structures. Since we make this product from synthetic materials, it lasts longer. Our raffia twine doesn’t unravel or tear easily. It is resistant to acidity in the soil, phytosanitary products, pesticides and other agricultural chemicals.

rafia para invernaderos
Plants guided using the traditional raffia string method

Raffia materials

In other words, growers can go without using greenhouse raffia twine, but they put themselves at a disadvantage. If they replace this product with other materials available on the market, they put themselves at risk. Alternative string and twine are not designed for or treated to resist the environmental conditionals and chemicals found in greenhouses. Our greenhouse raffia twine is even designed to stand up when under attack by the vermin who constantly insist on ruining our produce. Other products may not be and that means that growers who use alternative twine have to constantly replace it. This may represent a large expense.

Greenhouse RaffiaTwines: Uses and Types

Poly-shade raffia netting for greenhouses: Greenhouses usually need sun and shade cycles so that plants grow correctly. The right cycle means that produce reaches a larger size, better color, sweeter aroma and richer flavor. Growers impact these characteristics by blocking ultraviolet rays (UV). They achieve this by using a mesh made from raffia twine. Shade cloth is woven using a special technique that allows for angled openings from 30 to 90 degrees between the warp threads. The angle ensures that the fabric will create a uniform shadow over the area that it covers, reducing the inside temperature. It also lowers the rate of daytime evaporation meaning the crop needs less water.

mesh uses

Growers often employ multi-use raffia twine shade cloth to cover vegetable crops, greenhouses, cut flowers, fruit trees and shrubs, and herbs. In each of these cases, if the crops receive full sunlight, growers risk heat-damaged plants and that soil degrades due to exposure to constant solar radiation. For example, in a tropical climate with around 12 hours of strong sunlight, growers should use a cloth with an 80% shade factor.

Rafia poli sombra en invernaderos.
In general, greenhouses need cycles of sun and shade that will allow the correct development of the plants.

Types of raffia for greenhouses

In the current market, growers can find a range of shade fabrics, in an array of colors, to block excess sunlight from harming their crops. Black shade fabric results in darker shade but causes the temperature to rise. This is something to consider depending on the crop you want to plant.

Green shade cloth increases the temperature as well, but less than black. This color of fabric also increases plants’ production of chlorophyll. Finally, green cloth is more attractive—it blends in better than lighter colors which can be jarring.
White shade cloth lowers the temperature and helps growers have more control over it. This fabric also blocks harsh sunlight. Unfortunately, its color makes it conspicuous and less attractive than the alternatives.

Silver-colored shade cloth, not aluminum coated, reflects almost all sunlight and slows the growth of the plants beneath. This color of shade cloth has little to no application in agriculture.

Depending on the shade factor percentage, which refers to the density of the fabric’s weave, more or less light is blocked from reaching the crops below it.

The amount of sunlight that the mesh represses on the crops.

  • A shade factor of 40% lets 60% of the sunlight through. This sheds a light shadow which keeps the area it covers cool, but without blocking too much light.
  • Fabric with a factor of 60% allows 40% of the sun’s light through. This is ideal for creating microclimates where growers can control the temperature and moisture.
  • A 70% shade factor lets 30% of the sunlight through and is ideal for sunny areas. It is often used in flower farming greenhouses and backyards
  • Cloth with 80% shade factor allows just 20% of the sunlight through, blocking sunlight almost entirely from reaching the area it covers. Shade cloth with this factor is employed in arid places to improve soil hydration. Covering a plot with a shade cloth of 80% lowers the amount of evaporation.
entutorado en invernaderos


Trellising in a greenhouse, using HORTOMALLAS® trellis netting

Raffia spool uses

Spoils of raffia string for greenhouses or agricultural raffia twine are spools of different lengths and colors depending on the manufacturer. The majority are extremely resistant to weather conditions, agricultural chemicals and acids found in the environment where they’re used. Synthetic raffia cords are commonly used to tie and adjust the plastic walls of greenhouses. They ensure that gusts of wind won’t blow the structure away. Raffia twine is also perfect for guiding plants that need to reach a certain height, keeping produce from touching the soil and deteriorating. This is called tutoring, guiding or trellising and is used with tomatoes, caigua, and blackberries.

Comparación de Rafia con Malla Espaldera
Guiding plants with trellis netting requires less handling of the plants when compared to raffia twine. This means your crop is exposed to fewer pathogens as well.

Different uses of raffia for greenhouses

Additionally, raffia twine for greenhouses may also be used to hand pots and planters. Some people use it for inverting plants, which is all the rage currently. Of course, when we purchase a spool, it’s vital to ensure that this raffia twine is meant for agricultural use. As we’ve already mentioned, greenhouse twine comes with special protection against UV rays, making it longer lasting. Maintanence is minimal—you just need to replace it periodically depending on how long you’ve used it. This is because the fibers deteriorate even though they’re synthetic. This makes the twine weaker, so after a certain amount of use, it should be renewed.

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