Our new galvanised steel hoop linking rods easily fix to our 19mm plant hoops for extra rigidity and to prevent netting sagging between the hoops, perfect for creating a cloche or plant tunnel.
Fixed into place by our tough polypropylene push-in clips at each end they offer a sturdy brace support between pairs of hoops, and multiple rods can be used with a series of hoops by slightly staggering between alternate hoop pairs.
For netting we recommend using 2 rods per span, whereas for a polythene sheet or fleece, a single central rod is suffice and brings the additional benefit of helping to prevent sagging which can trap rain water.
Choose from 1m, 1.5m and 2m length rods that can easily be cut down to size with a hack saw if required.
Complete your cloche or plant tunnel with our range of netting, fleece, polythene, hoop clips and ground pegs.
- Hoop Linking Rods secured with push-in clips
- Available in 1m, 1.5m, 2m lengths
- Supplied as individual linking rods or packs of 2
- Every linking rod supplied with 2 fixing clips
- Spare clips available separately
I used the linking rods to support two plastic raised bed covers, which I am using free-standing like mini-polytunnels. The rods had to be cut to size but apart from that they were easy to install and are doing a great job supporting the plastic. I tried the covers without rods first, and they were really saggy, but using the rods has made the whole structure much stronger, so I am hoping it will withstand whatever winter throws at it.
I'm really pleased with these products - the frames are really strong and having the linking rods means that the whole structure is sturdy and can withstand fairly strong winds (not quite got up to gale force yet here in NE Scotland). The netting is strong and the clips are so easy to use - I'm really glad I asked about the strength of the product on my trip to Chelsea as some products I have used in the past haven't measured up. I'll be ordering more soon.
I bought four of the 1.5 m rods which seems a useful length. Assembling them was easy, I did much the same as Cliff van den Busken describes below. as is creating the hoop / rods structure. I had been afraid they might not grip the hoops well, but they are very firm. The net hangs better, and two rods are needed for the loose net, while it looks like one would be enough for the stiff net.