In tomato, the use of tomato netting is preferable to minimize the manipulation of the plant, unlike the string trellis system where each mechanical contact with the operator’s hands can stress the plant and increase the risk of infections. There’s a possibility that a worker may touch healthy plants after handling ones affected by viruses, fungi, or bacteria.
Tomato netting can be installed in two ways:
1) Horizontally along the furrow, using a double row of posts and allowing the tomato plants to grow vertically. As the plants begin to bear the weight of the fruit, their branches can be gently leaned against the trellis netting. This method is perfect for creating vigorous foliage. See a video demonstration of horizontal trellising here: [insert video link]
2) in a double row or V shape so that both sides of the plant can lean onto the netting, completely avoiding the need for tying.
3) Vertically, in this case, requires the use of clips to attach the plant to the netting or someone guiding the branches and shoots between the grids. Although this latter system doesn’t completely eliminate the need for labor, it does increase fruit production.
In the event of wanting to conduct comparative tests in your field using both tomato trellis netting and raffia before making a complete switch, we recommend increasing the doses of fertigation to be applied to the netted zone/rows. This is because these plants will be more vigorous and will produce more fruits. If the same dosage is administered, the fruits in the area with tomato trellis netting might end up sm
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