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If you need more support for your tutoring, tomato clips are much more recommended than raffia twine

Even though tutoring and stacking techniques provide plants of support, most of the times it is necessary to strengthen it over time or as plants grow, and many times this is not done in the best way. It is very common amongst agronomist to use raffia twine to tie stems to stakes, espaliers, trellises or any other tutoring structures, thinking it is a good option when the truth is it is far away from being so. Raffia is one of the biggest threats to your sowing’s health because it usually becomes a source of difficult to eradicate infections, which many times are immune to fumigation due to the fact that pathogens hide inside the twine’s grooves, out of reach of fungicides. Even if you use nylon instead of raffia to hold stems you can lower your yield’s quality. Although nylon does not have the capacity to house pests, if it is used to tie stems loaded with fruits it can end up choking them by their weight, and when using raffia the same thing happens. Another drawback of using nylon or raffia twine, combined with traditional staking methods, is that expenses turn out to be greater than with other modern methods, because you have to use more material and time.

Besides, tomato clips have become one of the greatest allies of agronomists. They are fast and easy to place, cheap, reduce time in labor and increase the performance of vegetable plants; they also help to keep the plant erect and prevent fruits from touching the soil, just as any other tutoring method, or even better. Even though it is not recommended, they can be hanged from raffia or nylon, and this way loaded stems would not end up being choked, obtaining healthier and better quality tomatoes as a result. Tomato clips are reusable, which means a decrease of costs and also an aid for the environment, and if they are used with HORTOMALLAS plastic meshes the amount of needed rings will be very few, since the trellis itself works as a support as well. Tomato clips are usually 0.9 inches in diameter (23 mm), so that a single ring can be used for stems of any size; they also are nonslip, hence they will not move all way through the plant’s growth. However, these rings have little holes in it, which provides the plant of proper ventilation and, in this way, avoids diseases caused by high humidity, such as Botrytis.

Your sowing’s sanitary conditions can be increased if tomato clips are used in conjunction with HOTOMALLAS trellises, this will make humidity levels decrease (by allowing good air currents flow) and will not contribute to the spread of infections, neither by lodging pathogens nor by constant manipulation, since they lower mechanical from 8 to 10%. Tomato clips may not only be used for this specific fruit, it has been proven that also offers a good result when used with another plants that need to be tutored, such as cucumbers, eggplants and zucchini.

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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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