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Tomato plant support clips | Best clips to prevent plant damage

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


Tomato plant support 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 the beginning. 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 ways of supporting the tomato plant.

  • Clips to avoid tearing of the tomato plant

    When the tomato plant will be lowered for the first time, there is a risk of tearing the stem of the plant. By growing tomatoes with two-shoot set up, you are risking breaking the shoots.
    The plant will be too heavy. Eventually this will lead to growth reduction of the tomato plant. When a tomato plant is splitted, the plant will be vulnerable for diseases and fungi, such as Botrytis.

    To avoid the plants from splitting, you can use 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 the plants in the greenhouse.



Truss support and stem support

  • Clips for 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 clips are used.
    The clips are attached around the truss stem, giving it support and ensuring better fruit quality and higher production. These truss arches are great support for plants, are very flexible and avoid the trusses from bending, which results in more tomatoes of higher quality of the first trusses. Because of its flexibility the clips are easily attached arount the stem of the tomato trusses. 




  • Clips for trellising tomatoes

    Another part of the tomato plant which needs support is the stem of the plant. As tomato plants get bigger, they need more support. This is why the tomato plants are trellised with high wire hooks and twine in professional horticulture. Trelissing keeps the tomato plant upright and prevent the stems from breaking. Trellising 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 twine in one simple click. Working with tomato clips is quite easy and can be learned quickly. Besides using the trellising clips for growing tomatoes, these clips can also be used for growing cucumbers and bell peppers. For cucumbers you need a smaller clip, the Valent Cuke Clip 15mm or 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. Based on on your crop, you can choose from a broad assortment vegetable plant support clips.


Tomato, pepper and cucumber trellising clips


Biodegradable clips for tomato plant support

Apart from the plastic support clips, there are also biodegradable tomato clips available in our assortment. The added value of the bio clip, which is biodegradable, is mainly the saving in waste costst, as these clips do not have to be removed from the crop during crop rotation. Biodegradable clips are compostable under industrial conditions, in addition they are certified and biologically compostable. 

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Customer stories about tomato plant support

RedStar (Oostvoorne, The Netherlands)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 truss support 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


Questions about the best way 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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