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Old 03-24-2010, 07:07 AM   #1
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Default 2010 Hops Gardens

I hadn't seen the new thread come up yet... so I thought I'd make one.

Here is my trellis from last year... Cascade on the left side, Chinook on the right. The middle was taken up by flowers that my wife put in. This year, SWMBO wants her own flower box on the east side of the garage, so that means I get to claim the middle trellis as well -- needless to say I already pre-ordered my Willamette rhisomes.

I'll show you mine if you show me yours... wait. that's just not right.



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Old 03-24-2010, 02:04 PM   #2
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Might want to consider running a drop line from that eave down to the crown for more height and an easier way to take the plant down come late fall.

Tieing a hop to that trellis is gonna suck almost as bad as trying to pull the plant material out of those perforations.

No pictures of mine anymore. Maybe later this growing season. 13 plants. Lot of work.

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Old 03-24-2010, 04:47 PM   #3
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Might want to consider running a drop line from that eave down to the crown for more height and an easier way to take the plant down come late fall.
I agree. I did this last year for my first-year-rhizomes and it worked out brilliantly. I've expanded to three mounds, but you get the idea. If you use an eye-bolt at the top, thread the twine up, thru, and tie off back at the bottom with a LOT of slack, you can keep letting out slack as the bines grow. Coil them up off the ground and you effectively get 15-20 feet out of a 12ft roof. At first i originally had a stationary clip at the top to the eye-bolts, but after a couple weeks the bines quickly grew past the top, so threading the twine thru and back down gave me a lot more length (that's what she said).

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Old 03-24-2010, 06:29 PM   #4
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I agree. I did this last year for my first-year-rhizomes and it worked out brilliantly. I've expanded to three mounds, but you get the idea. If you use an eye-bolt at the top, thread the twine up, thru, and tie off back at the bottom with a LOT of slack, you can keep letting out slack as the bines grow. Coil them up off the ground and you effectively get 15-20 feet out of a 12ft roof. At first i originally had a stationary clip at the top to the eye-bolts, but after a couple weeks the bines quickly grew past the top, so threading the twine thru and back down gave me a lot more length (that's what she said).

That's the same thing I did. Only I grow mine in half barrels.
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So, if the only place I have to grow them is against a 6 foot fence, is that not going to work? Do I need something higher?

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you'll be fine...granted it's not ideal but I've seen hops growing on fences that produce a huge number of cones.

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So, if the only place I have to grow them is against a 6 foot fence, is that not going to work? Do I need something higher?
No. They will still grow and flourish. Just takes more manual effort to train them in spring and more effort to remove the mangled mess once they go dormant.
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ahh, some of mine finally broke ground this weekend. I will be cutting them back until June anyways though.

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Cutting them back? Why?

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To protect against late frost.

To allow stronger deeper shoots to emerge.

It's common practice but not absolutely necessary.

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