Horticultural netting is the act of providing support to vegetables allowing them to grow in the best way possible. The net is made out of polypropylene; and was made famous in the 1960’s in England and Italy. Horticultural nets are available in a lot of different sizes; made for different purposes. The smaller mesh sizes of width 10-18 cm are used mostly for flowers. These nets hold the plant in a vertical position, keeping them as aesthetically pleasing as possible; retaining its commercial value. The larger mesh sizes allow harvesting without damaging the crop and are mostly used to support vegetables like cucurbits (squash, pumpkin, zucchini, watermelon, and cucumber), solanaceae (potato, eggplant, pepper); and legumes. When trellising net is used, the plant leans on the mesh and the weight of the fruit will choke the fruit.
The purpose of the horticultural netting is provide help for that the crops get a better growth.
Advantages of Horticultural NettingHorticultural netting has a lot of advantages accrued to its use.
Use of the net increases the aeration and sun exposure.
It also protects the plants flowers and fruits so that the fruits are not mistakenly crushed by workers who are walking along the furrows.
The practice of horticultural netting increases the plant density, since each plant will be able to expand in a vertical direction.
It increases the rate of the pollination of flowers by exposing the flowers to insects that pollinate them.
It increases the life span of the plant by protecting it from the dangers listed above.
Horticultural netting in conclusion increases the yield of the crops.
Since the nets are made of re-usable materials, they can be used over and over again. Thereby saving costs.
It’s a time saver when compared to the time taken to form a trellis.
The use of horticultural netting diminishes the need for workers to handle the plants, thus reducing the possibility of spreading any diseases.
This net helps to the plant providing suppor for that get them a good develompment of the plant.
How to Make a Sample of a Horizontal Net Note: the specifications here are for 100-foot row of crops. The ¼-inch polypropylene rope along the top of the posts. The primary support structure is made up of metal T-posts. Use8-foot posts pounded 18-inches into the ground and spaced about 15-feet apart. The specifications are for 100 foot rows of crop. The ropes should be installed about six feet off the ground. Use 60-inch of horticultural netting, which results in a 6-foot vertical net. This provides about 12-inches of space at the base for cultivation. The final step in preparing your own horticultural net is to fasten the netting to the support structures; that is the post and the ropes. You can use 8-inch, zip or cable ties on the t-posts. Two ties of 8-inches should be used, one at the bottom and the other in the middle. For the top, 4 3/4-inch ties should be used. You can add more ties to ensure that the horticultural netting stays in place.
The Horticultural netting is easy to install, however, Should be installed very carefully.