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Cost Effective, large scale potted plant rescue brainstorming

  1. Apr 25, 2012 #1

    rhody

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    I will get right to the point, a grower of super hot peppers in Florida has almost 10,000 plants of twenty eight varieties in pots, 3 - 10 gallon pots, forced drip irrigated.

    Many plants are near fully grown, they are staked in their pots to hold them up as needed, and all are under a sideless canopy with 50% sun block material on top.

    Last week, during high winds, 30+ mph about 850 of them, were knocked over with some degree of damage. Other then planting them in the ground what cost effective solutions could be used to protect them, any idea is not too far fetched. There is plenty of brain power here, and not to tap it would be a waste.

    My first inclination is for some kind of teepee like structure over the plants with some kind of mesh to soften wind effects, but that could be time consuming and pricey. Keep in mind cost versus benefit when thinking about the problem. He is considering putting them in the ground, but then he has to deal with the nematoad problem which is the reason he went with pots in the first place. At the time the pots were the lesser of all evils which is now under scrutiny.

    The amount of loss from broken branches and subsequent risk of virus infections through open plant wounds is significant. There is short term damage, loss of branches and pods to deal with. Second, possible long term catastrophic plant damage to deal with from viral infections.

    Thanks folks...

    Rhody...
     
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  3. Apr 25, 2012 #2

    Danger

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    How about just a simple baffle system around the whole thing? A bunch of 2 x 4's buried deeply enough to ensure stability could be used to hold plywood or such-like panels in a maze pattern (like a bunch of picket signs in staggered formation).
     
  4. Apr 25, 2012 #3
    How big of an area is under cover?
     
  5. Apr 25, 2012 #4

    rhody

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    Yeah, a snow fence like structure popped into my head too, thanks Danger...

    His semi-covered areas are pretty big, Here is a video. Having 10% of your stock damaged is significant, after all the hard work that it took to get the plants this far. Thanks. Maybe the video will help.

    Rhody...
     
  6. Apr 25, 2012 #5
    How about mosquito netting?

    It's light and easily installed, but the mesh is fine enough that it reduced air flow substantially. All he'd have to do is attach it around the top of the structure and then stake it into the ground.
     
  7. Apr 25, 2012 #6
    I assume that there is a stake in the pots to hold up the plants. Why not drill a hole in the pots and hammer these stakes through that hole in the soil for a foot or so.
     
  8. Apr 25, 2012 #7

    Danger

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    Andre, I love the simplicity of that idea. Something about it concerns me, though. Even with the stalks firmly supported, the leaves and fruits (or whatever peppers are) would still be vulnerable to wind shear.
     
  9. Apr 25, 2012 #8

    fuzzyfelt

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    Along the lines of dipole's mosquito netting, maybe perforated tarp?
     
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