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Pea Netting as Support for Growing Peas

Pea netting support as a way to improve phytosanitary conditions in pea crops.

pea netting is better than raffia twine
Raffia twine used to be used as a pea support system before the advent of pea netting.

Pea netting is a plastic plant support netting mesh that allows climbing plants, crops and vegetables to have support while growing.This plant support method has increasing grown in popularity and usage since its inception in the 1960s, in the Europe when a new rigid mesh and net product made out of polypropylene started being used. The reason for this wide spread popularity and relevance can be liken to the fact that in a vegetable garden, one of the most attractive feature of such garden is the site of vertically growing plants. However, despite the fact that these vertically growing plants such as the climbing pea can be one of the most productive plants you can grow, providing strong supports for these plants is very important. When the seedlings first emerge, they may seem small and delicate but by the time the vines have wound their way up to six feet tall with a thick mass of leaves and pod, the supporting structure will have to be strong enough to take the weight and sturdy enough to survive winds. A huge variety of supports like netting, spare sticks, fencing etc can be bought or built for these crops. Pea netting offers more advantages than other supports in terms of materials, time, budget and personal preferences. It can be set up vertically or horizontally to save ground space, making it an invaluable tool in areas where there are not too many available lands.

double row of pea netting
When installed as a double row alongside of the plants, pea netting becomes the perfect method to support peas and beans.

How to Use Netting for supporting leguminosae. 

Depending on the type of crop and plant to be trellised one can use netting of many different heights (these vary from 50 cm to up to more than 3 meters for use in greenhouses or shade house). However, when choosing the height of the pea netting one should keep in mind that the net should be installed 30–40 cm above the soil. So a net 1.5 in height will provide a trellis or espalier between 1.80 and 1.90 m (so the post sizes should be around 2.2 and 2.5 m), and this would be the ideal support system measurement for most pea open field varieties. The ideal size for square mesh is approximately 25×25 cm.

pea and bean netting
Beans and peas have a natural tendency to grow upward climbing with their tendrils and vines, a pea net will be a considerable support for this species.

Available Sizes of nets for peas

Usually, when tutoring flowers horizontally, especially carnations, mums and snaps, smaller mesh sizes (between 10 and 18 cm) are used. This is because in floriculture, growers prefer an opening that will support vertically the flower without letting it tilt or bend because it would lose its commercial value. But then when it comes to being used in supporting vegetables especially in pea nets, larger sized meshes are preferred. The reason horticulturalists prefer a larger mesh size (which simulates the hand weaved raffia systems) is so one can work the two furrows on both sides of the walking isle, without damaging the crop or the plant during harvesting or trimming work.

Pea netting by HORTOMALLAS
Pea netting by HORTOMALLAS® is easy to install and store after each crop, unless one prefers to leave it up and do a crop rotation cycle.

Pea netting is manufactured from stretched polypropylene, which means it is very strong while being lightweight. The plastic netting is easy to fix to grow frames, support frames, garden bamboo canes or trellis.

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Henequen raffia twine used horizontally to support beans

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