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How to choose the right clips for tomato plant support?

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Written by: Martin Meuldijk | Latest update: 27-12-2021 


Tomato plant supper is very important at the start of a new crop. Young tomato plants are very vulnerable and can therefore break or damage very easily in this stage. After a while the plant grows very fast and the weight will get too heavy for the plant, causing damage in several spots. This hinders the production and the quality of the crop. To avoid this damage, a plant needs more support during the growth process. Whether to support the tomato truss, avoid tearing or support the branch of the plant. Our Crop Rotation specialists inform you about the different clips for tomato plant support.



Support the stem of the tomato plant and avoid tearing

When the tomato plant will be lowered for the first time, there is a risk of tearing the stem of the plant because the weight of the plant is too heavy. Eventually this will lead to growth reduction of the tomato plant. The plant is vulnerable for diseases and fungi, such as Botrytis. To avoid the plants from splitting, you can adjust the Twinhook supporting the stem of the tomato plant. The main branch of the plants will be supported by the Twinhook. We advise to use the Twinhook one month after planting. 




Tomato truss support

After a few weeks the first trusses will appear on the tomato plants. These first trusses are very vulnerable and can kink easily from the stem, because of its weight. This will have a negative effect on the quality of the tomatoes or the trusses will not even grow to full size. To prevent the trusses from kinking, tomato truss support is used. The clips are attached around the truss stem, giving it support and ensuring better fruit quality. These truss arches are great support for plants, are very flexible and avoids the truss from bending, which results in more tomatoes of higher quality of the first trusses.  




Tomato stem support

As tomato plants get bigger, they need more support. This is why the tomato plants are tied up with high wire hooks and twine. This can be done by means of two methods: twisting or clipping the tomato plants. Traditionally, twisting is still used, but more and more growers choose to tie up the plants by using tomato stem support clips. The clips are attached below the leaf and are connected with the twine in one simple click. Working with tomato clips is quite easy and can be learned quickly. Besides growing tomatoes, these clips can also be used for cucumbers and bell peppers. For cucumbers you need a smaller clip, the Brinkman Easy Clip 14mm. For bell peppers, you need a larger 26 mm Valent pepper clip. From the Valent line there is also a tomato stem support clip available of 23mm





Biodegradable clips for stem support

Apart from the standard clips made from plastic, there are also biodegradable clips. The added value of the greenhouse clip bio is mainly that they are also better for the environment. Biodegradable clips are compostable under industrial conditions, in addition they are certified and biologically compostable.



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Customer stories

RedStar (Oostvoorne)WindSet Farms (Canada)
RedStar
WindSet Farms
"The FlexTruss offers the right support for vulnerable tomato varieties and is very flexible. We are impressed by this tomato clip!" » Read more
"The Twinhook gives the armpit just the right support. The tomato clip is easy to use, sturdy and labour-saving." » Read more

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Questions about how to support tomato plants

Do you have any questions about how to support tomato plants or do you want custom made advise? Please contact our productspecialist crop rotation Martin Meuldijk or fill in the form below and we'll respond within 24 hours on workings days. 





tomato clips specialistAbout Martin Meuldijk

Martin Meuldijk has over 20 years of experience in horticulture, both national and international. Since 2016 he has been working at Royal Brinkman as a product specialist for the themes of crop rotation and service articles. He likes to help growers get the best out of their cultivation. His approach? Doing what you say and saying what you do: that's my motto. That's why I think it's very important to always give good and honest advice'.





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