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Knowing which materials work better for ScrOG plant support is essential to ease the process and to obtain good results

ScrOG, also known as Screen of Green, is a tutoring and training method that has become widely used because of the increase of production that entails, as well as because of the savings in terms of space involved. This method consists of placing a net over a plant that would grow vertically, and train it to grow horizontally with the help of the net itself. Other methods, such as tracking, are also needed through the process; this one particularly is about cutting the tip of secondary stems to make two grow, instead of only one. This contributes to the development of leafiness, which is important to achieve the first objective of this method: more production in less time and space, and that is why ScrOG plant support is so important and such a debatable topic.

There are many types of ScrOG netting, and that also depends of the type of plant that is going to be harvested. However, some of the most known and used are wire and plastic trellises, more specifically, nylon made. On the other hand, raffia twine ScrOG plant support is not common for several reasons; to begin with, due to the fact that it is organic, it is ideal for pathogens to grow and proliferate, which could easily infect the final product. Another reason would be that twine is not very resistant, even less when it holds bacteria that rots it. Finally, there always exists the possibility of cutting a thread by mistake, which could break the whole trellis.

The other material for ScrOG plant support trellises is wire. Many people use wire to assemble their ScrOG plantings thinking it is a good choice due to the material’s resistance. The thing is that even though wire is indeed very hard, that is not necessary good for plants since it could lead to infection problems later.  In this training method it is necessary to be constantly manipulating the stems, and wire only makes this task more difficult. If for some reason the mesh has to be rearranged when squares have already been filled, this would cause severe mechanical stress to the plant, which could be related to future infections. Also, if the mesh were done of a low quality wire, this could rust, infecting the plant. ScrOG plant support meshes have to be resistant, but flexible, because when it is harvest stage the trellis has to be removed, and wire ones harm plants when pulled out.

Mallajuana is made of thin, but strong, nylon, and has been especially designed for Screen of Green plantings. This net is easy to place and use, and easily allows reorganizing the stems when it is needed to set them in the next square. This mesh also prevents your plants from getting infected by fungus and bacteria due to high humidity and temperature, by keeping stems separated between each other. Also, it has low cost and maintenance, which means savings in labors, and, unlike the other ones, it is reusable and very easy to remove.

Hortomallas Hortomallas

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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