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Old 03-26-2013, 05:33 PM   #1
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Default First small hop farm. Help Please. Questions

So basically my set up is going to be 100 plants.
I am going to be having four rows, each 70 feet long.
My 100 crowns are coming next friday from Great Lakes Hops and I am still in the process of getting everything ready. My trellis is about 18 feet tall and right now I am at the point where I am trying to decide what type of wire/cable/rope to use to string across the poles for each row. For this Im leaning towards stainless steel braided cable. But I am having a harder decision trying to decide on what to use for the hops plants to grow up on. I know most people use hemp but I was looking more towards standard types of ropes because its cheaper and I need 2,000 to 4,000 feet depending on if I do two ropes per plant or one. Each piece of rope will be going to metal wire above. Any input is needed, Im looking for as many tips as possible since I have never even grown a single hop plant in my life and am going big right away. Please feel free to through in what ever opinons you may have. THANKS!

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Old 03-26-2013, 08:09 PM   #2
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steloco: my first piece of advice is spend an evening reading this forum. There's a lot of garbage but also a lot of good advice. You'll find a lot of your questions regarding growing hops and doing so commercially will be answered. You are in the size right between a really big home gardener and a really small commercial grower. So most of it will apply to you one way or another.

To answer the question you had, go with a natural twine. It has to be a fiber of some sort because hops are "bines" that grow up by using tine hooks to hold itself. If you used a metal wire as your drop line, they wouldn't be able to hold on and pull themselves up.

If you use natural, then you can cut the entire process down at harvest time and compost it all. If it is nylon or something else, you would either have to unravel it all or compost it and pick the synthetic twine out.

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Do what Dan said, I'd grab some bailing twine from a farm store you'll be set. And for never growing before hold on and get ready to work your but off, but make sure it stays fun.

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Old 03-27-2013, 03:23 PM   #4
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Thanks for the tips. So bailing twine it is. Im going to be posting pictures of progress and notes through my whole process. Thanks again!

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Ordered Today:
500 feet of 1/4 stainless steel wire rope for my overhead wires.
50 U bolts clamps.
4 1/4 turn buckles.
100 feet of 3/8 stainless steel wire rope for braces for the outside poles.
50 3/8 U bolts clamps.
16 3/8 turn buckles.
16 anchors.

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I recieved my 100 crowns yesterday.
We got 50 in the ground yesterday. I have 50 left.
Heres my question to you vets out here.
Last night I put the 50 still bagged crowns in my kegerator to because they had been in a box for 7 days.
I took them out this morning around 5 am so they were only in there for 6 hours.
My kegerator temp is usually around 35 to 45 degrees.
Some of the crowns that were in the kegerator have shoots and leaves.
Am i screwed? or should they be okay.? I plan on putting them in the ground today.

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You are fine. Its routine to keep rhizomes in a refrigerator for weeks.

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Even if it is a crown though correct?

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Even if it is a crown though correct?
I had questions about crowns so I asked Great Lakes hops. They said add some soil to the crown bag, make it moist, poke holes in bag and store them around 40 degrees. Also to check them every couple weeks to ensure they are moist and the tops are not growing, although growing white roots are ok.

If your tops are growing I'd probably get them in the ground, or at least a pot at warmer temps if ur unable to plant. I'm a noob myself but would make sense to me.
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Old 04-10-2013, 12:33 AM   #10
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You really don't need stainless steel wire. Way too expensive.

What is the rating on the turn buckles you got? You can't use the aluminum type.

How are you putting in your anchors? Same for posts?

Where are you located?

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