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Trellis Netting for Tomatoes:  the Ideal Tomato Trellis for an Organic Crop

A Tomato Trellis using Netting

Having a good solanaceous crop requires an HORTOMALLAS® tutoring system (crop support), which consists of a tomato trellis made with trellis netting and support posts every 3 to 4 meters (10 to 13 feet)–or even further apart with a well-tensioned cable and good bracing.  For solanaceous crops it is advisable to use trellis netting in a double-panel configuration since the crop’s branches are going to be quite heavy and, contrary to the Cucurbitaceae [family of vines] which have tendrils,  solanaceous crops, like tomatoes, need to passively come to rest on the horizontal strand of the netting [on either side of the row].  This configuration eliminates the need for hand labor [to train the plant to the trellis] since the plant by itself will come to rest on the support.  The lack of manual manipulation, greatly reduces the transmission of virus by physical contact.

Be it in a greenhouse, shade house, or outdoors, tomatoes are in need of good trellising since they are a plant that will double over under the weight of its fruit and the fruit will loose commercial value, because of being blemished, if it makes contact with the soil.  Besides, tomatoes need man-made trellising in order to be able to remain upright so that it is possible for workers to walk between the rows without making contact and without constantly rubbing against the plants.  (It is known that mechanical stress reduces plant productivity by 8 to 10%.)  Making physical contact with the plants by the workers is also a vector for the transmission of plant diseases.  Being able to construct a good tomato trellis using HORTOMALLAS® trellis netting, guarantees a reduction in the need to be manually training the plants to the trellis.

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HORTOMALLAS® trellis netting makes for an ideal tomato trellis, be it outdoors or in a greenhouse.

“Plastic netting can be used to facilitate the vertical trellising of tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, melons, watermelons, and pumpkins and squash with the advantage of easy and quick installation.  And it is reusable.  When trellis netting is used, it is placed vertically next to the row of plants and hung from a tensioned wire at the top and tied at the bottom to another wire or twine.  (Gómez-Guillamón et al., 1997; FAO, 2002; Aguado et al., 2008) Netting for tomatoes recommended be the FOA

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