Tomato netting is the modern substitute of tomato raffia twine
Training plants with Tomato Raffia Twine increases plat stress and pathogensFor generations now, tomato growers have used the traditional system of tomato stakes that involve tying a stem of the tomato plant around a post using tomato raffia twine (also known as agricultural raffia) to not only provide support for both the plant and the weight of the fruit hanging from its branches, but also to guide the plants growth in a specific direction desired by the grower. Aside from tomatoes, this system of trellising is also been used in the production of chayote squash, eggplant, chilies peppers, cucumbers, green tomatoes, and several other crops. The practice of placing tomato stakes with raffia differs depending on whether you are growing the tomato indoors such as in a greenhouse, or outside in a field. When grown inside a greenhouse, the plants can be tied, either to the traditional stakes, or to hooks that hang from the ceiling (high-wire crops), depending on how many plants there are and how closely they need to be planted. These techniques are usually implemented to get an increase in the productivity of the tomato plant or to make the production and collection of its fruit both faster and easier on the workers collecting the crop. Tomato stake systems or the newer tomato trellis systems is very important for the successful horticulturist because these systems improve plant and ground ventilation, allow more solar illumination to reach the plants leaves, don’t allow fruit to touch the ground, and allow you to become more space efficient with your planting allowing your crops to grow unimpeded. The issues involved in training plants with raffia tomato stakes: There are several variations of the tomato stakes growing system: tutoring with ties, Dutch tutoring, tutoring with double support, arbor tutoring, simple support tutoring, net tutoring, easel tutoring, horizontal string tutoring, and double T tutoring. All of these variations have a fundamental similarity, in that they all use agricultural raffia to tie the plant to the stabilizer. These variations are all applicable to crops depending on the local conditions, but at the same time, they all carry the same inherent flaw; they all rely on using raffia fiber to tie the plants to stakes. Raffia, being a fiber will degrade over time, especially when it is kept in humid conditions such as where you have plants that need to be watered. This necessitates a purchase of new raffia twine every growing season to replace the used tomato raffia twine. Additionally, agricultural raffia can cause different types of damage to your crops all of which need to be corrected manually at a cost. Raffia holding up the main stem or peduncle can strangle the flow of nutrients inside the plant, effectively starving the crop and slowing or even halting the production of your crop. Raffia fibers are also the perfect environment for several insects to live inside, making any pesticide spray less effective as the insect is sheltered. While tomato stakes with tomato raffia twine fibers has been an effective way to increase tomato harvests for generations, there is now a new method to tutor your crops called trellis netting, a square net that can be installed in either open fields or inside greenhouses using hooks or wooden posts, that carries the benefits of using raffia, but avoids the negative drawbacks, and can be reused for several growing seasons, allowing for a low maintenance method of crop rotation. When you place your tomato trellis with HORTOMALLAS trellis net, you give your plant significantly more vertical area to grow. This increases the productivity of the plants by giving them better access to solar light, more area to grow leaves, increased fruit quality, allows you to grow crops closer together than would normally be allowed, and makes the hand labour involved in maintaining a crop both faster and more efficient.
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!