Using Tubex vine shelters to establish and maintain your vineyard gives you flexibility as it protects against herbicide spray and mechanical maintenance
Using Tubex vine shelters to establish and maintain your vineyard gives you flexibility as it protects against herbicide spray and mechanical maintenance

 

Protection against mechanical maintenance

Protection against strimmers

Strong leader shoot - inside a Tubex Jumpstart

Why use a vineshelter

Tubex vineshelters are used for many reasons.  The environment within which vines are grown, the growing practices and pruning techniques and the cropping expectations will all have a bearing upon an assessment of the value of vineshelters.  The value of a vineshelter can be significantly different when comparing their use for "new plantations" with "replacement planting" (sometimes called "interplantation").

Our overall objective is to make life easier for the vineyard operator, by improving the quality of the vines and by reducing the costs of growing and maintaining them.  The Tubex vineshelter has an impact upon growth and it protects the vine from the elements (animals, environment, herbicides).

This summary identifies the key considerations.  More information will be coming soon as we develop our new site.

Summary of benefits:

  • Better quality and lower cost through:
  • Stronger growth of leader shoot and height of the vine, by up to x4
  • Reduced pruning during establishment
  • Earlier cropping
  • Better survival rates
  • Reduced irrigation
  • Protection from animals
  • Protection from herbicide or weeds
  • Protection from mechanical maintenance
  • No need to train vines in year 1
  • Lower labour costs – replanting, pruning, maintenance
  • Fewer pests and diseases
  • Longer growing (and planting) season

Tubex distinguishing features:

  • Optimum growing environment
  • Wide product range
  • Environmentally friendly, photodegredable materials
  • Flared rim – minimising plant abrasion
  • Pre-fitted range of high quality ties
  • Nested for low cost storage and transportation – quick release
  • Strong, but light
  • Scientific development of colour
  • Tubex product warranties
  • ISO 9001:2008 quality control

FAQs:

    • The ratio of root to shoot and also of height to diameter is sometimes affected when using very tall tubes. For example in a 1.5m tube, compared with a tree planted without a shelter, the tree inside the shelter can sometimes grow a little taller than would naturally occur given the diameter of the trunk, but this only happens whilst the tree is within the tube. As soon as the tree exits the shelter then the natural growth ratios return. If this is a concern then using ventilated shelters such as Combitube and Ventex will slow the growth of the tree/vine and actually enhance the root and stem growth beyond that achieved with no Tubex shelter.
    • Once the tree gets out of the top of the Tubex tube there is still a growth benefit - Tubex tubes reduce weeds and maintain moisture around the tree, so the tree continues to grow more strongly if using Tubex.
      tubex tree shelters show increased growth compared to no shelters
    • There is almost always an increase in temperature inside Tubex tubes (less so with ventilated tubes such as Combitube and Ventex) but our experience tells us that even in hot countries such as Spain, in most cases this is not enough to damage the tree or reduce growth rates. The increase is only around 2-6 degrees depending on conditions (wind etc.).
    • Tubex shelters encourage vertical growth and reduce side branches within the tube. This gives a strong and straight stem to the tree, which is better for timber quality.
    • In ventilated tubes such as Tubex Ventex or Tubex Combitube, the tree benefits from a little 'wind rocking' which helps to strengthen the roots. It also helps to harden the bark of the stem and to reduce the temperature inside the shelter.
    • Tubex have chosen the optimum colour for light transmission and also to 'blend into' the natural surroundings. In theory it is possible to use other colours but green seems best to us, although brown can offer certain advantages - please ask for details.
    • Most hardwood tree species and also most vines thrive very well in Tubex tubes.
    • If the tree already has an infestation of a pest such as Whooly Aphid when it comes from the nursery, then the Tubex tube can sometimes provide a safe environment for the pest to survive and where no insecticides and attack the pests. However, Tubex tubes do not encourage pests or diseases and in fact they positively protect the plant from wind-born spores such as Mildew.
    • The time span between investing in a new plantation and recovering some revenue from the crop, whether in fruit or timber, is reduced using Tubex as our tubes accelerate the growth. Therefore the investment return is speeded up. Also, maintenance operations such as weeding/replacing dead trees etc. is dramatically reduced by using Tubex guards. Finally, Tubex guards improve the shape or 'form' of the tree, so when it comes to trees grown for timber then using Tubex guards means greater value of timber can be secured from each tree.
    • Wraps are really used when there are large branches and also roots which mean it would be impossible to place a solid tube over the tree. Also, where growers/farmers need to gain access to the plant to remove small side shoots (such as with vines) then the wrap is easier. If neither of these factors are present then using a solid guard is mostly the best option as it is very secure from animal and herbicide damage.
    • The Tubex tube protects the plant from fungal attack while the plant is still inside the tube, especially if the spores are spread by wind. Once the plant emerges from the top of the tube it is again vulnerable to attack from wind borne spores.
    • Yes - this is not a problem. Once the snow starts to melt then because the inside of the tube gets a little warmer than outside, the snow will melt quicker. Up to that time there is little difference between snow inside and snow outside the tube.