Trellising Tomatoes: Crop Support Netting that substitutes raffia, cages or stakes.
Trellising Tomatoes with HORTOMALLAS improves harvests Like all the solanaceae cultivated for human consumption, trellising tomatoes with tutoring net (tomato net) is essential to a successful harvest. Having a good trellis netting system in place will ensure that the crop does not fall to the ground, where –discarding the damage that might be done by being stepped on by laborers– the plant would be in contact with the moist soil, increasing the possibility that they will be infected by some pathogen related to excess moisture.
Supporting tomato crops with HORTOMALLAS netting will give you a faster recovery on your investment in comparison to a raffia system. This is accomplished not only through a reduction in the amount of labor needed to grow your crops, but also with a reduced quantity of disease spread. This happens because the hands and tools of laborers are one of the vectors for the transmission of various diseases that affect crops, any steps taken to reduce these risks are beneficial.
Unlike the horticulture raffia systems that choke the peduncle of tomato clusters, HORTOMALLAS trellis nets can actually support the weight of the tomato.
HORTOMALLAS recommends using your vegetable support netting in a double wall or V system to “press” the tomato plant between two trellis support nets and avoid unnecessary handling by the laborers. With this system of trellis netting you allow the tomato plant to grow naturally without the need to guide it. The branches will grow around the tomato support netting and leave the weight of the plant leaden with fruit to hang on the horizontal strands of the HORTOMALLAS squares, in effect taking advantage of the nature of the plant to maximize its solar exposure in each leaf.
Trellising Tomatoes with netting: HORTOMALLAS becomes the best ally when it comes to yields and disease prevention on horticulture crops
Trellising tomatoes and mechanical stress
Tomato trellis is an important element to consider to increase the production of tomatoes (but it also works with other vegetables such as cucumbers, peppers, melons, beans or peas) using the HORTOMALLAS net is the reduction of mechanical plant stress thanks to the netting that HORTOMALLAS offers in comparison to traditional agricultural raffia. By reducing the typical abrasion of raffia twine during tutoring (or at the time of pruning) you not only reduce the risk of contagion by pathogens, but you also reduce the mechanical stress on the crops. This increases the productivity of the crop since manual tutor and handling of the plant provokes a negative reaction from the plant that halts its fruit production as it is affected by the stress from the forced change and it will be needing time to recover from the contact from the hand that changed its orientation towards the sun. These days of normal tomato plant productivity loss adds up to around 8-10% of the total production during a harvest cycle.
HORTOMALLAS trellis netting increases crop yields. Trellising tomatoes on both sides of the furrow is essential in order to reduce mechanically transmitted diseases and plant stress.