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Old 04-24-2014, 01:15 PM   #1
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Default Earthing the hop plants?

Hi,

In "Hop cultivation" by Charles Whithehead i read about this process named "Earthing". Do you know anything about this process? The book was published in 1893

I attache a image with the Earthing paragraph.

Supposedly you put soil over the crown to ensure a growth of roots for cuttings and keep the new shoots under control.

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Old 04-24-2014, 05:04 PM   #2
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I'm assuming that this is the same as "Hilling". According to a fb post by Great Lakes Hops:
"This is traditional hop yard culture. It controls weeds by burying them and creates a fertile bed for the shallow feeder roots to develop in."

It is important to note that early the following season, they remove this soil and top the crowns.

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Old 04-24-2014, 06:57 PM   #3
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Yes it looks that is the same thing. Thank you for the link. I will try this this year and see how it goes.

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Old 04-24-2014, 07:06 PM   #4
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It not only kills the weeds, it should prevent the hops from spreading as much. The extra soil in between means that the surface roots in those "earthed" areas are now quite deep. The intent is that they are too deep below the surface and do not grow well enough to allow the plant to spread.

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http://www.willingham-nurseries.co.uk/propagation.html it seems that the rooted rhizomes are called strap-cuttings.
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I tried that a few years ago and it works well.

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