Here, a few of many advantages of a vertical trellis in a greenhouse
Contrary to using twine to make trellising, using trellis netting in a greenhouse improves plant health by reducing the need for labor to train the plants to a vegetable trellis, be it with tomato clips in a greenhouse on a tomato trellis or intertwining the stem and its branches in the squares of the HORTOMALLAS. The crop’s success should also be attributed to a good system for supporting and training the crop. Contrary to using twine for trellising, which requires a lot of labor to train each plant daily, using a double-panel of HORTOMALLAS® trellis netting for hydroponic crops (directly to the ground if non-hydroponic), eliminates a lot of the work because the plant loads itself onto the horizontal strands of a HORTOMALLAS® vertical trellis for support.
This reduction in labor for the daily task of training the plant to the trellis, aside from the direct savings in wages, substantially reduces the incidence of transmitting viral, fungal, and bacterial diseases by physical contact. People’s hands will no longer be touching a diseased plant and then (without knowing it) transmitting these pathogens, like any other vector (thrips or whiteflies).
This plant health aspect is extremely important, especially when high value solanaceae such as peppers, egg plants, tomatoes, and chilis are being raised in a greenhouse or under shade cloth. In crops like these, the investment in HORTOMALLAS® is justified with just the first harvest.
How to install trellis netting
In order to install trellis netting correctly to make a vetical trellis in a greenhouse (whether or not it is for a hydroponic crop), it is recommended to fasten it to the framework of the greenhouse (or shade house) and lower it to about 20 cm (8 inches) from the row. The plants get guided to about 25 or 30 degrees of inclination by using clips or by intertwining the plant in the squares of the HORTOMALLAS® trellis netting. Upon arrival at the end of the row, the plant gets turned toward the other side of the net and training continues at the same inclination. The best results come from using the double row of trellis netting method. It is worth noting that this trellising product also gets used in greenhouses with hydroponic crops.