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

vertical support system applied on plants
As the plant grows it is necessary to strengthen the support system.

Even though tutoring and staking 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 tomato stakes, vegetables 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.

tomato plants using stakes and clips
The clips adjusts the stem of the plant to a support so that it can straighten and grow properly.

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.

clip used for provide support to plant
The tomato clip is a very useful auxiliary tool to help the plant to get a good growth.

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.

vertical support system with hortomallas
Combine the support net with the clips, provide a better result in the plant growth.

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.

You can buy plastic clips for tutoring tomatoes in HORTOMALLAS.

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