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Unique cultivation system with many advantages
The Qlipr system is a sustainable and easy-to-use stainless steel clamping system for cucumber and tomato plants, which works competitive compared to existing cultivation systems.
The Qlipr system consists of a galvanised hook (PlanthooQ) with two stainless steel clips (Qliprs), equipped with a specially developed foam insert piece (ProteQ).
From lower to higher greenhouses, from single to multiple wire systems; the Qlipr system offers many applications. Even if you work with movable wire or gutter, Qlipr is an excellent system for you. Qlipr can also be used for the traditional cucumber cultivation as the Qlipr is able to be used on our compostable jute rope (Organic Qord). You can knot this Organic Qord to the PlanthooQ. Alternatively to knotting you can use our Sustainable Qord. Used with our Qord Hanger it can be attached and removed very quickly. The Sustainable Qord lasts many years.
The pride of a good crop
The advantages at a glance
- Easy to use
- Cost effective and time saving: multiple operations in one working movement
- Better working conditions
- Environmentally friendly and sustainable and no plastic in your waste
- Once in a lifetime investment (pays for itself within 1-3 years). Customers have been using it for 21 years already
- Less damage, less movement, more light, more growth, and therefore, more yield in many ways
Qlipr System description
Working with the Qlipr System - Instruction Manual
The Qlipr system consists of a crop hook (PlanthooQ) of various lengths, two stainless steel clips (Qliprs) and equipped with a specially developed foam insert (ProteQ). The length of the PlanthooQ can be changed to various lengths for lower greenhouses and for higher crop wire. The system has many applications for various growing methods with one or two crop wires. However, the basic principle is the same everywhere. The work method is explained below.
Two crop wires
The Qlipr system is ideal for growers who work with two crop wires. When starting the cultivation you attach the hook to the bottom wire, about 150 cm above the substrate. Then you connect the plant with one Qlipr clip to the PlanthooQ. When the plant has grown about 30 cm, you move the Qlipr to the top. You repeat this till you have reached the PlanthooQ.
Towards the top crop wire
Once all plants have reached the top part of the PlanthooQ - and therefore the lowest crop wire - you have to take the next steps:
- Take one extra Qlipr clip and one extra PlanthooQ in your hand at the beginning of the row. Attach the new PlanthooQ to the top crop wire on the RIGHT SIDE and fasten the first plant with the extra Qlipr to the new PlanthooQ.
- Remove the old Qlipr so this will become the extra Qlipr. The PlanthooQ at the bottom wire will become the extra PlanthooQ. Repeat this process till you have done the entire row. You have now fastened all plants to the PlanthooQs to the top crop wire. Make sure all the heads have been lowered to he same height.
After the plants have grown 35 centimetres it is necessary to use an extra Qlipr to help the plants grow. Each plant will now be fastened with two Qliprs. (In case of heavy varieties such as beef tomatoes you have to use three Qliprs).
Lowering the plant
After the plants have grown another 35 centimetres it is time to lower the plant. Before you remove the bottom Qlipr to lower the plant, you push the PlanthooQ aside. When you remove the bottom Qlipr, the top Qlipr will be lowered automatically with the plant alongside the PlanthooQ. Now you attach the head of the plant with the Qlipr from the bottom.
In case some heads haven't reached 35 centimetres above the top Qlipr: don't lower these plants but move the top Qlipr upwards (closer to the head). In contrast with traditional cultivation methods, the plants can grow above the wire with Qlipr.
Making extra heads
Making extra heads can be done easily and quickly with the Qlipr system. An extra PlanthooQ is hung next to those plants which have been selected to grow the new shoot. After the plant has been lowered, you place the Qlipr under the correct shoot. Once the main head has grown about 35 cm you lower the plant once again and replace the bottom Qlipr to the head of the shoot. The new head can now grow further alongside the existing PlanthooQ. The main head doesn't need any work.
Next round: you only replace the top Qlipr to the top of the head and you attach the main head to the extra PlanthooQ with a Qlipr with a different coloured ProteQ insert. (this is optional; you can also use the same colour your normally work with).
Next round: remove the bottom Qlipr, lower the plant and even the heads to the same height in the same row. The main head will lower automatically as it has only one Qlipr. Then move the Qlipr from the main head to the top of the head.
After approximately 5 rounds you place an extra Qlipr with the different coloured ProteQ to the main head. (Once again this is optional: you may opt for the same colour you normally work with)
At the end of the cultivation
After the plant has been lowered and the head has been removed, the plant will still hang on to two Qliprs and you can harvest the fruit again.
Next round: The head will continue to grow so now you attach the top Qlipr above the last fruit.
Next round: Lower the plant to a level where you can harvest the fruit for the last time and place the bottom Qlipr in a box for disinfection.
Next round: Harvest the fruit. When clearing the cultivation you grab the plant, remove the Qlipr and place it in a box for disinfection and let the greens fall to the floor. The greens can now be cut into pieces and composted at once; after all, the waste material does not contain any synthetic material.
For the strains that grow straight upwards alongside the wire, it is enough to fasten them once every fourteen days. Fastening and lowering the plants is done in one action. Within the same action the plants can be pinched out and trimmed, if necessary. You must observe a schedule of once a week with strains that grow away from the wire. With Qlipr you reduce the work effort to about ten to fifteen minutes per hundred plants. Because the plants do not have to be turned in anymore, the Clusters will hang on one side.
One crop wire
Do you work with one crop wire? In that case Qlipr also has a solution: You fasten the crop hook to the crop wire at the top in the greenhouse. You hereby gear the height of the crop wire to the average-top-cluster length (the distance between the top and the harvestable cluster) of the crop and the required picking height. At the start of the cultivation the crop hook has a jute or sisal string of a few metres. The top of the plants is fastened to this when it is about 50 cm high. When the plant has grown about 50 cm again, the second crop clip will be used. Now the plant is fastened with two clips. Every time that the plant has grown 50 cm again, you move the clips. As soon as the plant has reached the crop hook, the clips must not attached anymore to the string, but to the hook.
Whatever growth method you apply; Qlipr will save you time and money.
That's not all; it will also greatly improve the working conditions for your staff.
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