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Old 05-19-2009, 01:39 PM   #1
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I was walking home from work last night and as I got close to the house I saw my wife weed-whacking. No sooner do I step into the yard, she stops the weed-whacker, looks down, looks at me, and says "don't look"!

She decapitated my one and only shoot of mt. hood I had growing from my first year rhizome! The worst part was it has been one of my best growers (about 8") and I was just going to start training it onto the twine. Plus, she whacked it like 1" above ground. I could not believe it! ARGHH!!!!

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Old 05-19-2009, 01:42 PM   #2
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All I can say is: At least she knew it wasn't right.

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Old 05-19-2009, 01:48 PM   #3
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It won't hurt that much. First year and only 8", it is doubtful yo wold get a first year harvest worth having. The first year is all about growing a good root system. Give her an hug, be understanding, and get lucky tonight. A littlttle bit of understanding gets a lot of good sex....Just don't tell her it was not that important.

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Old 05-19-2009, 01:51 PM   #4
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It should send up another shoot the one that is cut off is lost

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Old 05-19-2009, 02:35 PM   #5
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I agree, it should send up another shoot, especially if it had thrived to the point that it was 8 inches long, the rhizome has already gotten quite a bit of energy from that bine.

...and the Gnome is right, use it as leverage.

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Old 05-19-2009, 05:02 PM   #6
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That's why I do all the yard work

A buddy of mine knocked the top of his off and it grew 2 side bines...

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As previously stated, first year is about root development. I wouldn't even bother with a trellis or training them up twine. For my first year I just put a tomato cage over each plant and let them grow up that (I use concrete welded wire mesh to make my cages that are 5 feet tall). Just let it grow as many bines as possible and keep them trimmed to about 4 or 5 feet long. You'll have a nice, leafy hop bush by the end of the season and keeping the growth focused on the roots instead of the bines will make your second year that much more productive.

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I wouldn't even bother with a trellis or training them up twine.
Really? I would be worried about getting my hops confused.
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Really? I would be worried about getting my hops confused.
For the first year only. From that point you definately need a trellis system. I didn't get enough hops worth dealing with my first year anyhow.
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I was walking home from work last night and as I got close to the house I saw my wife weed-whacking. No sooner do I step into the yard, she stops the weed-whacker, looks down, looks at me, and says "don't look"!

She decapitated my one and only shoot of mt. hood I had growing from my first year rhizome! The worst part was it has been one of my best growers (about 8") and I was just going to start training it onto the twine. Plus, she whacked it like 1" above ground. I could not believe it! ARGHH!!!!

Sorry, had to vent.

alright what did you do before hand that would make her do that ? Had to be somthin ..... Premeditated decapitation.
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