Trellising cucumbers and other vegetables, technology in agroindustry

Melons held by trellis netting in melon production

Among cucurbits with highly efficient tendrils, trellising cucumbers is the easiest.

Trellising cucumbers and other vegetables is more cost effective when you utilize trellis netting. In agriculture competitiveness is very high and you need to do new efforts to reduce direct and indirect expenses.

Hortomallas is committed to designing and manufacturing practical and innovative solutions for agriculture, and especially horticulture, like for example, trellising cucumbers and other crops.

Trellising cucumbers and other vegetables with tutoring netting aims to improve working conditions of growers and to rationalize times and costs.

Naturally the tendrils of cucumber allow the plant to grow vertically. Trellising net helps in tutoring the plants and supporting the weight of the crops.

trellising cucurbits
Bitter melon has the same growing characteristics as cucumbers when it comes to climbing on a crop net.

Trellis netting is useful for ensuring a regular development of the plants and a better exposure to sunlight and aeration of the crops. As a consequence, the phytosanitary conditions and photosynthetic efficiency improve. Fungal diseases are very common in cucumbers. Trellising cucumbers prevents the attack from the pathogens. Thanks to the trellis net, enhanced airflow among the canopy, maintains the leaves dry reducing fungal attacks.

Other diseases like bacteria and viruses can be limited thanks to the use of trellising cucumbers. The cucumber suffer of the same diseases that affect the melon: the virus called Cucumber mosaic, Verticillium and Pythium as major fungal diseases and aphids as worst enemy of the pests. Viruses are transmitted mechanically or by insects or by the hands of the workers themselves. In fact manipulating an infected plant without a good health practice, increases the risk of transmitting the pathogen to all the plants. Trellis net is a structure that avoids a frequent manipulation of the leaves and the branches during the tutoring process. Thus decreasing considerably the risk of infecting other plants.

trellising cucumbers
Cucumber tendrils facilitate the vertical growth on HORTOMALLAS trellis nets.

Advantages of vertically cultivation with cucumber net

Cucumber were traditionally cultivated “on ground”. Trellising cucumbers permits significant reduction of:

1. risk of diseases favoured by humidity

1. hand labour

2. rate of spreading Viruses

3. mechanical Stress

4. soil and pests damages

And an increase of:

1. pollination

2. valuable characteristics of the harvest, such as the homogenous color and greater size

3. total production and production of healthy products

4. earlier harvest

trellis netting
Just like trellising cucumbers, hops, beans and peas take advantage of tendrils to climb vertically.

One of the advantage of trellising cucumber using trellis net is that it decreases the mechanical stress of the plant. Mechanical stress of plant occurs when it is highly manipulated, that is the case of tutoring with raffia string. As a consequence of an alteration of the plant arrangement, the plant has to employ its energies to redirecting towards the source of light in the following 3-4 days.

The traditional tutoring technique in greenhouse and open field consists in bundling and fixing nylon wire or raffia manually. This practice require significant installation costs, in terms of labor and time.

New tutoring system for trellising cucumbers, tomatoes, melons and other vegetables, replaces the manual practice of tying the plants using raffia twine or nylon.

Hortomallas trellising net is a high quality material

Made of polypropylene, its main characteristics are:

  • * Strong
  • * Easy to install
  • * Uv resistant
  • * Reusable
  • * Easily storable
  • * Ideal for horticulture: tomatoes, beans, melons, sweet peas, vining plants
  • * Usable in greenhouse, shade-houses and outdoors

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