Tomato clips complement the tutoring of crops
Tomato clips are a tool that help further simplify the work of crop training. Even though at a first glance, it appears that the methods of crop cultivation do not have much influence in the quantity or quality of harvested crops, a good support system provides a better condition for their growth. It is for this reason that in addition to the tomato seed variety (or whichever crop you end up choosing) and the soil quality that you have, consideration must be given to the method in which you give support to your crops.
Regardless of whether it is in a greenhouse or the open fields, choosing to set up a support system to train your crops by using tomato-clips is important. Having this system in place will permit sowing a higher population density in the soil; and by virtue of not allowing the leaves, flowers, or fruit from coming in contact with the humid ground will prevents the formation of pathogenic fungi and bacteria. When you use raffia fiber as a support system and incorporate tomato-clips into its design, they will easily allow you to manipulate your crop without allowing them to be damaged from the handling, and the tomato-clips can easily be adapted to use for the cultivation of tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, cucumbers, or gourds. Even though the tomato-clips will allow you to support your crops, take into consideration that the raffia fibers that they are working next to are an organic material, and as such, will not last as long and will need replacing every single growing cycle. In the long run this necessitates an investment in the crop training every season and even then there is still the risk that crops will topple due to the poor mechanical resistance of the raffia fiber.
As another point to take into consideration, we know that for the past 60 years in Europe, the use of plastic (polypropylene) support net, whose function is to improve on the methods of training tomatoes and other crops, is revolutionizing the way in which crops are being trained thanks to their ease of installation, ease of use, resistance, and long term durability. Support nets of many different sizes can be used in both the field or inside a greenhouse and both have the advantage of reducing the required effort to place the support net as well as reducing the required setup time, which combined reduces the manual labor needed to setup the support net significantly. When the tomato plant is cultivated inside a greenhouse, a crop support net of around two or three meters in height can be used with the plants being assisted by tomato-clips, this way the crop has both a resistant and long lasting support. As a side benefit of using tomato-clips, they help reduce the maltreatment of the plant which can happen when handling the plant to be able to tie them with raffia or some other type of string. When it comes to plants on the open field, the normal type of support net that is used has an average height ranging from .75 meters up to 2 meters, depending on the needs of the chosen crop being planted.
In the open field it is highly recommended to use tomato-clips alongside the use of support netting when planting either tomatoes, cucumbers, or eggplant since the support will make the process of working on these plants far faster and more efficient, significantly reducing the chances that your crops will acquire a contact transmitted pathogen from coming into contact with either the hands or tools of those working on the crops. Tomato clips make the binding of your plants more efficient, even if you already have a raffia fiber support system in place. When it comes to reducing the disease spread rate amongst your crops, anything that ensures a lower spread rate is beneficial.
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