These are a tough but flexible, Rigid Mesh Vexar Seedling Protection Tubes, constructed of a combination of polyethylene and polypropylene. These Vexar Mesh Tubes are designed tree shelters that protect and enhance the growth of young plants. Tube tree shelters protect plants from browsing animals and have been specially designed to provide the right solution to your planting needs. These can also be used as vine protection tubes for our vineyard friends.
- Comes in four lengths which are 18″, 24″, 30″ and 36″
- 3 1/4″ Diameter
- Mesh Design to ensure better light transfer and healthier growth
- (250 PCS/BOX)
THIS ITEM IS SOLD PER BOX
PROPER INSTALLATION: Rigid seedling protector tubes can be installed on most small deciduous species by manually slipping the tube over the seedling. They are not normally used on conifers because of a potential needle and branch deformation. For larger stock, especially deciduous species with long, upright stems, the branches may become entangled in the openings as the tube is slipped over the plant. In some cases, branches are deformed or broken. To prevent this from occurring and to speed the installation process, carefully slip a rigid piece of PVC (polyvinyl chloride) pipe the same or greater length as the rigid seedling protector tube over the seedling.
As an example, a 4-inch inside diameter, 4.5-inch outside diameter, Schedule 40 (0.25-inch thick side walls) PVC pipe that is about 38 inches long works well for 4- inch diameter, 36-inch long tubes. The extra length of the PVC pipe provides a surface to grab when removing it from the tube. A piece of rope attached to each side of the top lip of the PVC pipe acts as a handle for pulling the pipe. When slipping the PVC over the seedling, it may be necessary to compress branches together in one hand while placing the PVC pipe over the seedling.
After the pipe is in place, slip a protector tube over the pipe and slide the tube downward until it contacts the ground. The tube may also be slipped over the PVC prior to placing the PVC over the plant.
Pull the PVC pipe upward while holding the protector tube in place. Secure the tubes to 1 or 2 stakes (bamboo or other material) with ties or fasteners. Verify that the terminal branch ends are not tangled in the tube mesh.