The best time of the year to start a vegetable garden is in spring, you can prepare the crops to keep the humidity in the hottest months, as well as start pest control to prevent them in the following months. The summer garden consists of tomatoes, zucchini, radishes, peppers, lettuce, endive, melons and watermelons, everything that has been tended and transplanted during the spring. And, although heat stimulates the growth of our vegetable garden, exposure to extreme temperatures produces more evaporation and, therefore, less water absorption, resulting in weaker plants with less nutritional properties.

Tomato cultivation and high temperatures

The tomato cultivation increased by 50% in 2021, with an additional 1.26 million tons. According to data from the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, tomatoes are the most produced and most consumed vegetable, with a total of 13.3 kg consumed per person per year. So, if you are thinking about growing tomatoes, June is your last chance.

The ideal temperature for tomato cultivation is between 23 and 25°C, however, in summer temperatures can reach 40 degrees in some areas, which can result in the abortion of some tomato plants. Thus, when the temperature rises above 35 degrees, the production of pollen grains decreases and, consequently, clusters are lost, obtaining only two or three tomatoes. As temperatures increase, photosynthesis is reduced, reducing the generative growth and production of different crops, including tomatoes.

How to prevent heat from affecting the tomato crop?

One of the most effective solutions to avoid this type of situation is the use of shading nets.
shading nets
. They are manufactured using monofilament yarns, raffia tapes and both are made of high density polyethylene. Depending on the construction of the fabric and your needs, you can choose between 50, 70 and 90 mesh, as well as different colors that, depending on the one you choose, will provide more or less protection.

In addition, the
shading netting
offers numerous advantages:

  • Protection against insolation.
  • Decrease of temperatures in the greenhouse, tunnel or shade house.
  • Windbreak function
  • Reduction of stress situations in crops.

As you can see,
the shading mesh
has multiple uses that adapt to any type of situation and crop. It is a sure hit to protect crops and plantations, allowing you to get the most out of each season. Each plant and each crop has different needs, so it is important to take them into account to increase productivity and get the best out of each season. With the
shading nets
from Rábita Agrotextil ensure that your crop grows healthy and meets your expectations.