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Shading net  [ Horticulture  ]

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Synonyms: Sun-shading fabric, solar shading fabric, Green- house curtain, Translucent curtain, Shade canvas
     
  A translucent plastic cloth used by plant cultivators to precisely control the incidental sunlight falling upon the plants and to prevent leaf and flower burning caused by direct exposure to the sunís rays  
     
A shading net is a cloth usually made from plastic material used by plant cultivators to precisely control the incidental sunlight falling upon the plants and provide an effective seasonal protection for flowers and plants and ensure homogeneous light diffusion.

The amount of sunlight falling upon plants sometime is many a time more than required for their optimal growth. These excess light is detrimental to their natural development. Excessive exposure to the UV rays constitutes one of the greatest risk factors to plants and failure to take the right precautions can result in damaged plants and severe losses. The varying climatic conditions throughout the year, together with the slow but constant rising temperatures in the summer months prove the need for shade nets to maximise growth. Shading nets are essential in the cultivation of flowers and ornamental plants when grown in glasshouses that diffuse the light in a regular manner.
Shading net are flexible and easy to install on structures, they are available in shade factors ranging from 30 to 90% for providing appropriate shade to a variety of plants.
There are specific type of shading net for every type of plant, whether used as a shade protection on greenhouses or out in gardens, terraces or in semi-permanent structures where they are easily installed and removed.

The shading fabric also protects protect against high temperature and reduces evaporation. Apart from this, it also keeps out birds &insects and protect from wind and from hail.
     

 


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