Trellis Netting for Training Vegetable Plants
Trellis Netting for Vegetable Crop Support HORTOMALLAS trellis netting will provides so many advantages against the usual and traditional raffia twine support system. Plants will develop fully on a mesh net as compared to how much they can grow on a single string of raffia. Also aeration will improve as the leaves will be better and more efficiently exposed to the sun. Plants trellised on HORTOMALLAS net will not need to be touched as much to be guided and trained upwards as with other training methods. As we will discuss below, the less a plant is touched the more profitable the crop will be.
With HORTOMALLAS the horticulturist can adopt a hands free trellising technique that takes advantage of the plant´s nature and ability to climb freely searching for a support that will increase foliage airflow and maximize solar exposure (especially when using a double wall system like in the case of most solonaceae like tomatoes, peppers or eggplants)
An example of how to train peppers using a double wall of HORTOMALLAS trellis netting
as the various meshes will support independently each branch of the plant as it grows through it or attaching itself with the vines like in the case of cucurbitaceae like cucumbers and melons.
HORTOMALLAS installed in a double wall manner will enhance the plant´s natural tendency to lean on a support system without needing to be guided as much as in traditional raffia twine systems.
Reducing physical (mechanical) contact with the field operators (besides reducing labor costs) you will reduce substantially virus and fungal contagions from plant to plant due to the actions of laborers. Let´s remember that besides white flies and thrips, also the hands of the workers can become very harmful vectors of disease transmission.
An example of a double walled trellis netting by HORTOMALLAS
Also introducing trellis netting as a vegetable support system will reduce the handling of plants otherwise necessary during the manual tutoring using a raffia twine, and thus will reduce the mechanical stress to the plant, condition under which the plant stops producing fruits weight in order to re-establish its proper orientation towards the sun.
HORTOMALLAS horticulture net used to train eggplant, here during pruning.
We have a study available that shows how mechanical stress from workers handling reduces crop yields by 8 to 10%. If you are interested in this study, please send us an e-mail and we will gladly forward it to you. If you would like to see trellis netting on video, please follow the link.
HORTOMALLAS trellis netting will increase tomato production even under low tech greenhouses, by reducing mechanical transmission of diseases.
In the double wall system of installing trellis netting it is important to note that the two sides of HORTOMALLAS net installed on each side of the plants´row must be slightly tightened at the bottom or foot of the plant. This is done since when the recently transplanted plant from the nursery tray into the soil or growing medium (in case of a hydroponic crop), needs a little bit of extra attention and support. As the plant grows upwards and thickens in order to support more weight the netting is allowed to open up and increase in distance as to support a wider and larger plant.More Pictures
Double wall HORTOMALLAS system training tomatoes