Growing and tutoring long beans using trellis net
How to improve your long beans ´ crop by using tutoring mesh.
Long Beans are one of the most common crops, consumed and cultivated in the USA, Mexico and the rest of the world as
they provide high protein contents at a low cost to the consumer. Bean crops are just as popular as grains such as corn, and are cultivated using trellis net to enhance yields and productivity levels. Bean plants are very susceptible to extreme conditions, excessively dry weather, or excess of humidity which causes it to be attacked by fungi, this is why it should be
grown (in the northern hemisphere) between March to July, or in the early autumn month before heavy rains and cold hit again.
Long Beans are affected by undergrowth weeds as they both compete for light, nutrients and water. Also weeds cause other problems like hosting insects and diseases that interfere with a high yield crop and affect production and quality. When using trellis net we avoid beans to compete with other plants for sunlight and ventilation, because it works as a support and guides vegetative development (using the beans´ tendrils natural tendency to fasten to a preexisting structure) being easier to grow and getting more sunshine, avoiding humidity excess and parasite hosting, and crop diseases as it encourages crops distance from another for better biological control.
this is a case where the professional horticulturalist choose to trellis snow and sweet peas using a double support netting, using the tendrils´tendency hold up naturally to the trellis net. This system increases the plant´s density per acre produces better quality vegetables because it reduces mechanically transmitted diseases and plant stress.
Tutoring legumes and crop rotation.
Tutoring and training long beans, or trellising snow peas and other legumes of the climbing species is very profitable when they are integrated in a crop rotation program inter-lapping other plant species that complement this leguminous which provides nitrogen to the next growing cycle, taking advantage of the initial investment in infrastructure like mulch, drip irrigation system, stakes and bean netting. The only thing where special attention must be focused is in controlling pathogenic insects since this legumes attract white flies which are a vector of viral disease transmission , so it is recommended to keep good phytosanitary conditions while growing and implementing a system of biological and mechanical glue traps to decrease population during the whole growing cycle, and creating attraction poles for insects at the perimeters using yellow flowers such as sunflowers that may be fumigated against thrips and white fly without affecting the crops. Using HORTOMALLAS your bean plants (green beans) will be more profitable.