Hook and Wicket
This system was developed at Neversink Farm by adapting proven large scale systems for the small scale grower.
You can combine Wickets with any vine lowering system (Qlipr Hooks, Roller Hooks and TomaHooks) to convert a lower and lean system to The Hook and Wicket.
Leaning causes stress to the plant and your trellis support. Also the fruit just ends up on the ground anyway.
When you incorporate wickets, leaning is unnecessary and trellising is much easier and faster. Your tomatoes are off the ground and easy to harvest.
High Production for the entire season from one cucumber planting using QLIPR Hook and Wicket
QLIPR Hooks without wickets - A heavy duty wire support that is extremely well installed and reinforced is necessary to lower and lean.
Hook and Wicket - Cheap 1/2” emt tubing can be laid on the trusses.
Selecting your Hook
Hook length is based on the distance from the ground to your trellising support wire or pipe. Use the chart to find the ideal hook for your situation - Tomato or Cucumber
"If your workers are on ladders or step stools when trellising then you are burning money" - Conor Crickmore
Conor switched Neversink Farm to this system more than a decade ago and has never looked back. Conor was looking to greatly increase production of his tomatoes. The major hurdle was that he and the workers were spending far too long trellising and lowering tomatoes every week. The Qlipr system solved that and now in just half a day one person can trellis the entire tomato house which is 100'x30'.