Tomato Trellis increases yields and financial results of a tomato field.

Tomato Trellis Netting Reduces Pathogens and Plant Stress.

Using HORTOMALLAS® as your tutor or tomato trellis will increase overall productivity in your field as the use of net is the easiest way to train tomatoes.  Contrary to raffia trellising of tomatoes, HORTOMALLAS® requires a lot less labor both for installing the system and once installed during the field operations of tying and fastening the plant to the raffia tutors.  Handling plants constantly for guidance and tutoring will affect their productivity as the mechanical stress due to hand contact and the continuous re-orientation of the leaves will cause the plant to stop producing fruits in order to re-accommodate its leaves towards the sun.  Also it is better to avoid so much contact with the hands of the workers because these can be the vector for  pathogens transmitted from plant to plant, and this can be achieved by using HORTOMALLAS® tomato trellis, as this system allows the plant to grow supported without the need of human guidance.

tomato net being installed inside a growing tunnel
Installing a HORTOMALLAS® tomato(e) trellis inside a tunnel made out of INVERNAVELO® floating row cover.

Overall tomato net is advisable as it will increase air flow, decrease fungi attacks, and improve solar exposure, all of this will decrease the need of chemicals, therefore allowing to reach organic crop status.

greenhouse tomatoes support with tomato net
HORTOMALLAS® tomato support inside a greenhouse using netting.

PS.  You say tomatoe I say tomato!  Sorry for the “oe” tomatoe-tomato controversy!!

trellis net and agriculture
In a tomato crop it is recommended  to install a trellis net as a double row, so the plant is better supported from its branches as they lean over the netting.

How to Install a Double Wall Trellis

Let us analyze now how tomato netting will help improve the yield of your economic results by actually doing less to your plants than the activities that would need to be done

Tomatoes need support and the best option for this is growing on a tomato trellis

Ways to trellis tomatoes and the benefits you can avail

There can be a few reasons why you might not be getting the best from your tomatoes. Tomatoes need support and the best option for this is growing trellis tomatoes. The difference between a trellised tomato and a ground grown tomato is the freshness and the quality in the fruit itself. Trellis will give your plants more access to sunlight and air circulation and avoid any pressure points on the tomato from laying on the wet soil.

tomato trellis
The lattice network gives the tomato plant more exposure to sunlight.

Benefits of using a tomato trellis

If you trellis tomatoes it gives them extra support for the vines holding the weight of the fruit. Being up off the ground keeps the tomatoes away from the pests and exposure to potential diseases. Tomatoes can grow on the ground but soil rot can ruin the tomatoes and when laying in the soil on the one spot this can create bruises on the fruit. Which is both unappealing in looks and the taste of a bruised tomato. There are other options for supporting tomatoes like tomato cages and tying them to stakes individually but trellis has worked out to be the best so far with huge positive feedback. Mesh tomatoes can suit any backyard from modern to rustic or an outback country setting. Trellis offers many benefits to your yield such as:

trellis net tomatoes
The disadvantage of letting tomatoes grow on the ground is that the soil will ruin the tomatoes.
  • Easier to get to the plants to prune and maintain
  • Easy access to the fruit or vegetables
  • Vines from the tomato plant don’t end up strangling nearby plants
  • Your plants will avoid rot from laying in the moist soil
  • Plants are raised off the wet ground that can create a breeding ground for diseases
  • No bruised or damaged fruit
  • When tomato trellis is up from the ground you have clear access to the roots to water as tomato plants don’t like their leaves watered.
trellis net and rafia
The advantages of using the lattice network are that the plants could be pruned easier the tomatoes will have an easy access and the tomatoes will not be damaged by not being in contact with the ground.

Ways to trellis tomatoes commercially

There are several ways to trellis tomatoes. You can double wall it which means you plant the tomatoes in the middle of two different walls of trellis. For this support you will need to add some plant clips so there is added support for the trellis. This way also doesn’t require much maintenance as the other methods of supporting tomatoes. If you choose to grow your crop horizontally, this is done by placing the trellis above the tomatoes this will allow the plants to grow along the trellis. V-shape trellises which allows each tomato plant to lean against the trellis naturally and there is no need for other support so you won’t have to tie the plant to the trellis which means less work for you.

tomato plant
There is another way to support tomatoes with the lattice network and it is the double wall.

Is it a must to trellis my tomato plants?

There is no right or wrong way and no law that states ‘you must trellis’. It just depends what you want to get out of your tomato plants. When you trellis tomatoes, you give them the ability to soak in the amount of light and air needed by them. If kept away from the damp soil you will end up with a healthy fresh tomato crop. Trellis supported tomatoes will also increase their yield and is able to be used after many grow cycles and can be used for other plants like cucumbers and mini pumpkins as well. You help to lower the mechanical stress of the plants as there is less man handling and you aren’t breaking vines while searching for the ripe fruit.

Cropping field with tomato plant
In addition to being exposed to sunlight, tomatoes will also have all the air they need, which will increase their yield.

Invest in an insect barrier or anti-aphid mesh.

Insect netting is safe for using with trellis. It creates a barrier between the plant and the pests like insects, birds and small animals. Insect netting is ‘see through’ cloth that is UV resistant for the sun rays and is flexible to work with. It can be cut into any size that you need. Sunlight can shine through and water will go through perfectly fine so there is no need to remove the netting before you water the plants. The insect screen is easy to install and comes in a roll for easy transport.

Hail protection

It might be wise to invest in some hail netting for your tomatoes. The woven netting is lightweight and very flexible. It’s resistant against harsh storms. It serves as hail netting to protect your plants but for shading the plants as well. The hail mesh does not restrict light or air circulation and water will still go through the netting as normal.

Cultivation field with tomato and espalier mesh
In addition to the lattice net you can also use anti-insect mesh or anti-hail net.

Does trellis netting help with plant stress?

Plants can get stressed with the extra added weight that will start to develop on the vines. When the added weight starts pulling down the plants vines, your tomato plant will get stress. Stress can harm all ages of plants whether they are young seedlings or older mature plants. Stress can also come from handling the plants or pulling back the vines to search for the ripe fruit. The weather can also be stressful to the plant if the conditions are too windy and the tomato plants take the grunt of the wind. You need to avoid stressing the plants out otherwise you will end up with undersized fruit and a reduce rate in yield. If you let tomatoes roam themselves they will rearrange their leaves to get the sunlight and air circulation to the rest of the plant. This also causes too much stress as its rearranging itself outside its natural orientation.

Green tomatoes
Care should be taken with the extra weight because the plants could become stressed.

Tomato trellis is a better option for improved fruit, not just the look and shape but also the taste and quality. There are many trellising options out there to suit your needs and your budget. You can get temporary trellis or a more permanent structure as well whichever suits your situation. You will enjoy seeing the plant thrive upwards and being able to monitor all the fruit from where you are, rather than searching through leaves and foliage looking for fruit and finding its all rotten.

hanging tomatoes with espalier mesh
Thanks to the lattice network of HORTOMALLAS® you can harvest high quality tomatoes.

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