Training pepper plants to trellis netting for a high yielding crop
HORTOMALLAS® finds growing peppers to be the most profitable application for its trellis netting since peppers are one of the best paid crops in the fresh produce market.
The double-walled trellis netting by HORTOMALLAS® in a greenhouse where peppers are raised: this method of training pepper plants to trellis netting reduces the need for so much labor since the stems of the pepper plants will rest on the pepper trellis netting as they grow and develop peppers. The immediately measurable and direct advantage is saved man hours, but the real advantage is the reduction in physical transmission (with the hands being the means of infestation) of pathogens such as viruses, bacteria, and molds. By reducing the need to manually guide the plant (as is the case in using twine to train the plant) the incidence of infestation is reduced with workers’ hands no longer being the means of infestation.
The HORTOMALLAS® Pepper Trellis Netting is an ideal trellis netting for peppers
The pepper plant, like other solanaceae where HORTOMALLAS® (eggplant, chili, and tomato) is commonly used, is a vegetable plant that is not a natural climbing plant with tendrils to grab ahold of vegetable supports and in the case of certain varieties can grow to be 5 to 6½ feet high which is easily contained by the standard size HORTOMALLAS® (1.5 meters (about 5 feet)). The ample grid opening in the trellis netting, that replicates the spacing of the vertical zigzig pattern when twine is used, permits pruning and harvesting without danger of being abrasive to the plants.
The pepper plant will naturally support itself on the pepper trellis netting made by HORTOMALLAS® and its stems will naturally entwine themselves in the squares of the trellis netting without stressing the stems (which would cause fewer blossoms and loss of production).
Take note that this trellis netting is reusable for several crops if it is used in an open area and should last for several years if used in the shade or in a greenhouse. Thus, your investment will be spread out over a longer period than what it is with natural twine which for reasons of plant disease control and deterioration in sunlight needs to be discarded crop by crop.
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