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Which clips are available as support for plants?

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Written by: Martin Meuldijk | Latest update: 18-7-2017 


At the start of a new crop season, young tomato plants are very vulnerable. The plants can break or damage very easily. After a while the plant will grow very fast and the weight will get too big for the plant, which causes damage. This obstructs the production and the quality of the crop. There are different spots where support for plants is needed a little more during the growth process. Support for plants, such as truss support, is a great solution. Our crop rotation specialists can inform you about the different types of support for plants.


How to support tomato plants with pinching support

When the tomato plant has been pinched, the risk of splitting of the plant is big. Under the influence of the weight the stem of the plant is splitting. Eventually this will lead to growth reduction of the plant. To avoid this, you can adjust clips on the tomato plants for the support of plants and to avoid them from splitting. We advise to use these clips one month after planting. 



Truss support

After a few weeks the first trusses will appear on the tomato plants. These first trusses are very vulnerable and can bend or break easily from the stem. This will have a negative effect on the quality of the tomatoes. Therefore it is of high importance to support the first trusses with truss-support clips. The truss support clip is a great support for plants, is very flexible and avoids the truss from bending, which results in more yield and higher quality of the first trusses. 



Stem/branch support for plants

As tomato plants get bigger, they need more and more support. That is why the tomato plants are tied up with rope. This can be done by means of two methods: turning in and clamping down. Traditionally, the traditional method of twisting in is still used, but more and more growers choose to tie up the plants with the help of tomato clips. Turning in the plant requires experience, but fewer and fewer people are available who have this experience. In addition, the turning in of the plant takes a relatively large amount of labour. On the other hand, working with tomato clips is quite easy and can be learned quickly. This makes you less dependent on a specific person and allows each person to cling to tomato plants.

Another difference between the two methods is that when turning in the plant, there is a chance of damage or breaking of the head, while this chance is less pronounced when using tomato clips. Cliffs of plants ensure that the plant is well supported, which significantly reduces the risk of Botrytis






Customers opinion
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Tomato truss support clips


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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