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Sisal Twine and Its Uses

NYP-Corp Sisal TwineIn typical terms of the word, sisal indicates both a plant and the fiber that is utilized from the botanical to make twine and rope. Due to inadequate accounts, the origin of sisal is unknown, but what is recognized is that sisal became widely cultivated during the 19th century in Florida, the Caribbean islands, and in Brazil.

Sisal Twine

The sisal is considered a tropical plant with sword shaped leaves that measure 1.5 to 2 meters tall. Plants generally live for seven to ten years and produce 200 to 250 usable fibrous leaves in that time. The sisal plant is different from hemp that is also used in manufacturing twine and rope. The process of crushing the sisal leaves until only fibers remain is termed decortication. The resulting fiber material is dried, combed or brushed, and baled for exportation.

Sisal fibers are traditionally spun like yarn into various grades of rope and twine, and the uses for these products are endless. Sisal agricultural twine used for baling hay is a strong product able to stretch, take on dye, and it resists to sun deterioration. A characteristic unlike other rope, it offers very little stretch which makes it great for allowing plants and trees to stay upright from the support of sisal twine. Sisal ropes are perfect for any number of uses where a stronger application is required but especially on seafaring boats because the material is unaffected by salt water.

The following are just some of the good uses for twine and rope in an around the home and garden.

  • Truss a chicken or turkey for roasting
  • Extend between two points for a clothesline
  • Hang herbs or flowers to dry
  • Create sturdy macramé projects
  • Adorn gifts and packages
  • Bundle anything
  • Weave place mats or area rugs
  • Secure plants and trees to support stakes
  • Make straight garden rows
  • Attach to garden tool handles for hanging
  • Fashion a line for vining plants to climb
  • Use for a line to fly a kite
  • Play Cat’s Cradle

Sisal twine is a common product that every home and family needs. A big twine ball is one of those proverbial things that sits in its place on a certain shelf, or resides in a special drawer. You always know where to find it when you need it because you know the moment will come when you absolutely need it.

NYP Corp. manufactures textile packaging of burlap, jute, paper, cotton, feed & grain bags and emergency sandbags in bulk and sells them wholesale

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This entry was posted on Friday, August 17th, 2012 at 8:36 am and is filed under Arts and Crafts, Nursery Horticulture, NYP-Corp News.

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