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Use trellis for squash tutoring and you will wonder why you didn’t before

Squash is a plant that grows extremely long and thin vines which take a lot of space, making it hard to maintain and harvest it when cultivated scattered on the ground. Vertical training is a very good solution to this problem; it makes you save time, space and materials, if you use it correctly. Using trellis for squash may seem impossible to achieve successfully, because sooner or later fruits would pull off the vine. Actually this is not necessarily true; there are some varieties (like delicata, zucchini and yellow summer) that are not so heavy and can be trained this way. It is better to master this system well and to know how it works before trying with heavier plants, like winter squash (turban and butternut), which is too large to be trained with trellis.There are several ways of using trellis for squash, and which one to choose will depend on how much space you have for installing the support structure and, of course, of your personal preferences. Teepee design is one of the most used supports for trellises; to build it you will only need three tall wooden or metal poles (at least). If you are going to use wooden poles remember that they should not be treated in any way, because toxics components that are used to treat the lumber can leach into the ground, and make your plants contract diseases. You must nail the poles very deep in the ground, at least 6 feet (1, 82 m) away from each other, to ensure thy will not fall and will support such a heavy plant. The next step is to use twine to tie it around poles, creating something that will look like and Indian carp, very tightly fastened at the top. The use of raffia is exactly what does not make this system so recommended, since twine may yield because of the plant’s weight, and it also can become a source of dangerous infections.Another trellis for squash idea that is widely used by gardeners ad farmers is tripod support, above all for large squash types. It is more or less like the Teepee one, but with the difference that you will not use trellis around it. When squash plant has reached a considerable length, it is time to choose from three to five healthy stems to make them grow on the poles. The thing with this is that wooden may only last a season, depending on the climatic conditions of the area, and metal can get easily rusted, so that your plant could end up rusted too.By last, there is the sloping trellis for squash wall method, which is by far more efficient than the aforementioned. What you need is an at least 7 feet long (2, 13 m) portion of a resistant plastic trellis, and a strong frame that you can attach it on; you can hold that with two thick poles of the desired height. This may seem like a little more expensive system, but it is totally worth it, because this structure will last long and will withstand strong winds. As the plant grows, you might need some ties to give it extra support, and reusable HORTOCLIPS plastic rings are ideal for this. When fruits start to sprout, they will hang on the inner side of the trellis wall, making harvest faster and easier. You can even take advantage of the free space below the frame and plant lettuces in it. This trellis for squash method is also commonly used for cucumbers

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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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