Trellising your crops with the best Horticultural Twine for a better yield

Trellising your crops with the best Horticultural Twine for a better yield

Espalier mesh
The trellis mesh supports tomato plants and pepper plants.

Implementing the basketweave trellising method in your garden will make your plants healthier, and a happy plant give a better fruit!

Take a good care of your garden because crops will always return all the love and care you give for them with fresher and delicious fruits.

First the basics. A good planning is the first step for a good yield.

The most common crops that suits the basketweave trellising method are tomato and pepper crops.

Tomatoes from determinate varieties are the best suited for this method specially because they tend to get bushy. The indeterminate kind require more work because you must prune all the suckers and tie the stem constantly.

Peppers, in the other hand, tend to develop heavy fruit clusters that will make the stem bend down, so basketweave can give just the support they need to carry the burden. The smaller kinds of pepper are not usually supported in any way because the fruit is lighter.


Getting ready. Now that you have chosen what do you want to plant, it is time to get all the materials you need to get the job done.

  • Horticultural Stakes: they must be resistant. You can choose the classic wooden stake, or the steel stakes with a hole on top of it to make the work easier, or even plastic and zinc stakes.
  • Horticultural twine: it comes in a wide variety, synthetical or natural; but as the same with stakes, it must to be resistant. Remember, it will help your plants carrying the yield.


Doing the process. Now that you have everything you need it is time to start. First set all the stakes in position. Drive the first 10–12 inches deep in the ground, just where the row starts and then drive another one between every plant until the end of the row. The stakes must be as tall as the plant is going to get. Repeat the process for every row.

horticultural twine
In addition to the trellis mesh you can also add stakes to pepper plants.

In the first stage of development the stem is very delicate, so the trellising shouldn’t be done until the plant gets to 10-12 inches tall. When they are ready, tie the horticultural twine to the first post and go to the front of the first plant to the other stake, tie it and turn it so the string goes to the back of the second plant, and keep it that way (front of one plant, back of the next) until the end of the row. Now go back again repeating the same process until you get to the starting point and all the stems are in between the two strings of the twine, that way they will have the best support to grow straight up without taking damage. This process must be repeated every 10-12 inches as many times as necessary until de plant is fully grow.

Enjoying the “fruits” of your work. It is a simple as it looks, just giving the correct support with the basketweave method will make your plants healthier and happier, keeping them off the ground; and the only things you will need to get the job done are a couple of stakes and some horticultural twine.

You can ask for more information about the stakes and the horticultural twine in the Hortomallas contact page.

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