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Supporting Vegetable Orchards with Plant Netting Mesh

 Why plant netting is a must-have in your commercial horticulture operation.

Plant net mesh is very popular gardeners or commercial bean and cucumber farmers who use it in several ways. This is because there are certain varieties of crops that require plant netting in order to thrive very well. Plant netting plastic mesh helps  provide more space in a farm or garden by intensifying the density of transplants from the nursery stocks and thus helps improve optimization of the present infrastructure like mulch, irrigation system, soil preparation and agrochemicals, therefore plant growth improves, fruits are heavier and more plentiful and homogeneous, and all these factors contribute to an increase in crop yield at harvest time.

Plant net mesh with cucumbers

Plant netting will be your best ally when growing cucurbits as their tendrils climb naturally on the meshes of the plant net.

Ways to install a Plant Net Mesh

There are a variety of ways in which Plant netting mesh can be used, sometimes depending on the types of plant it is going to be used for.  Some of the installation methods for trellis nets include:

HORTOMALLAS plant net mesh

Tomatoes grown outdoors with the tutoring support of plant netting mesh made out of plastic.

Installing the netting in a vertical position

In this position in which the netting extends between two or more farm poles is really good for climbing plants such as peas, cucumbers, melons and green beans. The plant net can also be tied to stakes or bamboo sticks as the main support for the mesh. The essence of the net mesh is to allow climbing plants a greater area to grow on and space to disperse, grow well, and receive maximum ventilation and exposure to the sun without getting jumbled up. When a Plant net mesh is used in a vertical position, it makes it very easy for plants to grow ornamental surfaces like garden walls, fences, and other landscaping structures.

Plant net mesh in cucumbers inside a greenhouse

Cucumber netting installed inside a greenhouse. Plant nets are a tool used by modern farmers who want to densify their plantations and increase the efficiency of the investment of the infrastructure.

A-Frame Ground Position with HORTOMALLAS

Even though some other plants such as tomatoes, cucumbers, melons, gourds, and squash can grow in vertical plant net mesh, they take too much space on the ground. Thus if you want to make the most of the space you have, it is better to use the netting and garden poles in an A-frame shape that is diagonal to the ground. In this position, your plants will receive enough air and light exposure and create more space. Furthermore, an A-frame trellis structure will provide the needed support for heavier crops and vegetables.

Trellises for Ornamental Plants created with Plastic Mesh

Decorative plants that climb, such as ivy, sweet peas, climbing roses, and other flowers can be cultivated attractively against a wall, fence, or landscaping structures by stretching plant mesh net along the exterior and hold it on the sides with poles or stakes. In the process of putting netting against a wall, fence, or other structure, do ensure that you put it in an area where the plants can receive approximately five hours of sun a day, without any hindrance from other crops.

Plant netting with a cable to support the espalier

Espalier made with HORTOMALLAS plant net supported in between posts with a horizontal thick raffia twine.

Advantages of Plant Nets in Agriculture

The advantages of plant netting include:

  • cucumber net for trellising

    Cucumber plant netting permits a more even maturation of fruits and a more organic crop.

    They are perfect for growing vegetables, fruits, and flowers in places where the space for planting the vegetables or flowers is limited or where you need to increase pollination

  • Since it allows your plants and flowers to receive a greater amount of good sunlight, owing to its ability to spread out the plants efficiently, it offers more abundant and healthier plants.

  • In comparison to other espalier products and trellising systems available that may come at a higher price, plant net meshes are a very cheap option especially considering all the advantages it brings.

  • Even an individual that have never installed plant netting mesh before can put it up quickly it because it is easy to install and remove and store for the next use or crop cycle.

  • Best of all, it can be reused many times, years even if inside greenhouses, season after season.

    Trellises for Professional Horticulture Espaliers with Plant Nets

Plant netting by HORTOMALLAS is made out of white UV treated polypropylene so it will last many years in the field under a shade house or a greenhouse.  If installed in the direct sun light of an open field cultivation it will last 3 to 4 crops.  It can be de-installed and stored in a barn until the next use is required or can be left standing in its place in order to use it in a sequence of rotating crops.  When used in crop rotation, it is advisable to alternate leguminous that will replenish the soil by fixing nitrogen with tomatoes or cucumbers that will take advantage of the nutrients left by the remains of beans or peas.
diagonal knotted mesh used horizontally at the top of a trellis

Many farmers like to create a pergola in between furrows taking advantage of the fact that the plants grown on a plant net will be able to expand further on than the simple vertical trellis.

In order to use the trellis structure again without removing the net, you will just have to cut the plant from its base, let it dry a few days or weeks (depending on the local weather conditions) and then pull the remains of the dried up plant from the trellis.  You should make sure no pathogens are left from the previous crop, and you may use the existing the holes in the much to plant from your nursery trays.  Some farmers like to do this right away as the shade provided from the foliage of the old plant will help protect from the sun the newly transplanted stock.  Mortality rates are high when transplanting plants and keeping the new seedling shaded for a few days, thanks to the plant netting left in place, after this traumatic and stressful operation will increase the survival rate of the baby plant and reduce the time it needs to start developing and growing its root system and foliage.

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HORTOMALLAS manufactures and markets crop support nettings (trellising and tutoring as alternatives to the raffia twine labor intensive traditional system) that increase crop quality. Our Mission is to: INCREASE VEGETABLE CROP YIELD AND PROFITABILITY TO ALL THOSE VEGETABLES THAT NEED TUTORING AND SUPPORT USING NETTING INSTEAD OF RAFFIA. Since 1994 we help professional growers and farmers improve their cucumber, tomatoes, melon, zucchini, bean, chile, peppers crops where trellises and supports are needed. HORTOMALLAS is the ideal system for cucurbitacea and solonacea to improve their phytosanitary conditions, while increasing the solar exposure and the brix degrees. Besides the obvious labor costs savings, the use of HORTOMALLAS increases the life span of the plant, allowing longer periods of harvests and of a greater quality. Call us, our crop specialists will help you with specialized attention in the Americas and the Iberian Peninsula!

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