Why is the training plants necessary?
Training plants is very vital when cultivating. Those with stronger stems might not need to be trained because they grow vertically and bear the weight of fruits even without support. Tree crops may not require support, but for vegetables like tomatoes, cucumber, and others, support is as vital as sunlight.
However, training plants offers lots of benefits. In fact, it is highly needed for maximum output. The reason for cultivating crops is for better yield, as no grower would like to achieve poor yield at harvest. In order to encourage vegetable growers to consider tutoring crops, let’s dig a little on the benefits of such agronomic practice.
- Prevent weaker stem from lodging
High yielding vegetables pass through many challenges from seedling to harvesting stage. One of such challenge and the weirdest is lodging. Lodging means the displacement of the stem or root from their proper position. However, lodging is caused by many factors including wind and rain. And considering the weaker stem of plants and weight of the fruits, the right option is to provide support.
- Help position the leaves for adequate sunlight
Sunlight is very vital to the growth and increased yield of vegetable crops. When crops do not receive an adequate amount of sunlight, they tend to wither or grow poorly. Trained crops are directed to receive an adequate amount of sunlight as they grow vertically. The leaves are better exposed to sunlight.
- Support fruits off the ground
One of the best ways to maintain fruit quality and ensure they remain healthy till harvest is by making sure that they grow vertically. Fruits allowed to stay on the ground may start to rot faster. Insects also attack fruits that remain on the ground.
- Easy harvesting
Apart from planting, another thing growers must feel concerned about is harvesting. However, harvesting is not that stressful when crops are grown vertically. Growers with waist pain can even stand upright to harvest the ripe fruits without much stress.
- Makes Watering easier
When the fruits and leaves of plants are off the ground then watering can easily be done without fear of damaging the leaves or fruits. Water is properly channeled to the roots of the plant as well.
- Weed management and chemical application
Training plants to grow vertically can help in weed removal and chemical application. The plant can also grow and shade the weeds from sunlight, which eventually leads to death or stunted growth.
It is obvious that trained crops do well in the garden. This method has been in use for many years and growers are benefiting from it. If you are a vegetable gardener, the best thing you can do for your crops is to train them. The end result is overwhelming and it makes gardening easier.