Trellising tomatoes, innovative system for intensive horticulture.

Trellising tomatoes applying a strong trellis net is a guaranteed technique to help growing more abundant, healthier and bigger crops.
It provides an easy to use guide for climbing tomatoes, keeping the harvest away from the soil humidity and pests, reducing damages for trampling. Furthermore, avoiding the contact with the ground, crops don’t rot and can be sold for a higher price.
Trellising tomatoes increases the plant exposure to light and air. It also facilitates harvesting and cutting procedures, optimizing labour cost and time.
Trellising tomatoes, training the plants to grow vertically, permits to prevent the diseases caused by mold and fungus. It helps maximizing the cultivable area so it is ideal for intensive horticulture in greenhouses or shadehouses.
Trellis net is available in different size, up to 3 metres high. In case of growing in greenhouses it is possible to install the net using the existent structure and anchoring cables. Fix the net over the greenhouse roof panels and unroll it to reach the plants at their early vegetative stage. Like all the cucurbitaceae, that are climbing vegetables, tomatoes naturally grasp any nearby structure. Trellis netting offers a professional support for assisting in canopy and crops management thanks to the square mesh design. Remaining tense, it handles more weight.
Trellising tomatoes is more efficient with a double wall installation, that is applying the net on both sides of the plant creating a double support like a sandwich. This way the plant would naturally lean on the tutoring system, without the need of manual labour of fixing the plant to the netting.

Trellising tomatoes reduces the risk of diseases

Reducing manual labour not only implies a direct reduction of costs. It also lowers the risk of transmission of Viruses that are spread through the contact of the infected hands of the workers.
In fact Viruses cause annually heavy loss of commercial product in horticulture. The most common Viruses are: the cucumber mosaic virus, the tobacco mosaic virus, the tomato mosaic virus and the virus Tomato spotted, also called the tomato bronzing virus.
The best method of struggling against the virus diseases is actually prevention.
The tobacco mosaic virus, also known as TMV, is a highly infectious virus that is transmitted by contact, caused by an infectious agent smaller than a bacterium. It is possible to recognize the tobacco mosaic disease by the yellow or green spots on the leaves of the plant, or because of the deformation and rippling of the leaves. The destruction of chloroplasts and the alteration of the activity of enzymes that regulate photosynthesis block the growth of the plant and cause the resulting decay.
Trellising tomatoes reduces significantly the risk of tobacco mosaic virus. Trellising tomatoes also diminishes the risk of mechanical stress of the plant. When plants are manipulated, like during the phase of being trained into the tutorial system they suffer of stress.
During a few days after the manual operations plants recover from the stress concentrating the nutrients for this purpose. As a consequence the nutrients are subtracted from the process of growing the fruits, resulting in less developed or fewer products.


Trellis netting growing veggies and vining plants

Improve crop yields installing the economical HORTOMALLAS trellis netting

Trellis netting is the ideal support for many commercial crops, like eggplants, tomatoes, cucumbers, peas, and vining plants.

hortomallas support net installed on garden

The trellis support can provide the ideal support for many commercial crops.

Indeed all kind of plants and vegetables that tend to grow vertically are suitable to be efficiently sustained by trellis netting. Moreover most of them are not woody plants so their stems are delicate and easily bent.

Tutoring Vegetables belonging to the Cucurbitaceae family

Many cucurbitaceae crops are climbing plants thanks to their aerial parts, called tendrils. In the effort of reaching the light, these plants have a natural habit to look for any available support. Examples of popular cucurbitaceae are: cucumbers, squashes, like pumpkins and zucchini.

Hortomallas trellis netting are so strong and resistant that can be a long lasting plant support even for heavy cucurbitaceae crops like melons or watermelons.

Cucurbitaceae are subjected to suffer of bacterial and fungal diseases. Trellis netting allows a more efficient phytosanitary control system.

Supporting Veggies belonging to Solanaceae family

Also eligible for satisfactorily use of trellis netting are de solanaceae plants. Some of most common solanaceae vegetables are tomatoes, potato, eggplant and peppers. They adapt very well to vertical growing. Tomatoes can be affected by Virus spread by the infected hands of the grower. Training the tomatoes plants in growing on trellis netting reduces the need of manipulating the crops so risk of infection is significantly reduced. In fact once the branches have started to climb among the net there is no need of further human intervention.

Benefits of vertical cultivation with trellising nets

If you have a limited area to cultivate your veggies you definitely need to use trellis netting. You can save space and get more yield at the time.

trellising inside in greenhouse

Using a double wall of trellising net allows growers in greenhouses to save on manually tutoring tomatoes and peppers.

Having your plant growing vertically it is more convenient because they are more accessible for daily maintenance. Pruning and harvesting at the right height become easier. Furthermore handling pets and disease control is faster and more comfortable when plants are climbing on a structure that permits some space among the canopy. In addition air circulation is guaranteed for a healthier environment.

Vertical cultivation is not only for gardeners with space problems. In open fields, in greenhouses or shadehouses using trellis netting increase growth and quality of the harvest.

Training the branches on trellis nets helps the plants to grow faster and more vigorously. In fact with the necessary support provided by the net, the plant can concentrate its energy on expanding its branches or in producing bigger and more uniform fruits.

Use of trellis netting contributes in preventing smothering the harvest and facilitates harvesting process.

trellis netting

Trellis netting is used effectively to increase yields in melon greenhouses, studies show a 30% yield improvement over raffia strings.

Keeping trailing vines off the humid ground has several advantages. On one hand if they don’t touch the soil they don’t rot and they are not exposed to the attacks of virus like the TMV, bacteria and fungus. On the other hand they are safe from any damages caused by walking nearby.

Plague control is more effective when vegetables grow on trellis netting because it easier to check the foliage and because they can be easily sprayed.