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Old 02-27-2011, 04:09 PM   #1
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With a couple of weeks of almost summer temps (mid 80's), I got curious and pushed the mulch aside to find a couple of nice thick sprouts pushing upward maybe an inch and a half. Seems I read somewhere that it was suggested that the "first sprouts should be cut back." What exactly does that mean and what should I do with my sprouts? These are second year plants in so. La.

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Old 02-27-2011, 05:14 PM   #2
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Are they hop sprouts? Usually you cut back plants to give them more time to develop adequate root systems and to produce a more robust plant by way of not letting it flower/fruit since it spends more time growing vs. reproducing. That's how it is with peppers but I've heard other things go this way too.

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Old 02-27-2011, 06:03 PM   #3
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Heh heh.....Guess I should have said so, yes, hops.....Magnums to be specific.

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Yes, cut back the first few sprouts and then leave the next round of sprouts. You want to train about 3 of those next sprouts to your trellis and then cut back anything that follows.

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Any tips for growing in a dry climate?

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Old 02-27-2011, 06:20 PM   #6
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Ok, when I cut back, do I cut back to soil level or push the soil away and cut down to the root?

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