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Old 04-11-2010, 11:05 PM   #1
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I am going to try to plant for the first time.
Was thinking of:

(1) Starting the wire about 15 feet from the base of my garage and running the wire to the top of the garage (so it is diagonally going from the ground to the garage.

(2) Then running the wire horizontally along the garage.

Can I do this?

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Old 04-12-2010, 12:43 AM   #2
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The bines will not follow a horizontal wire without constant re-training. One member posted an excellent solution: Put eyebolts into the rafter and thread a long piece of twine through each eye. As the bine grows close to the top, slack off the twine lowering the bine.

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if you want to grow horizontal,do it low. This way you can reach them and do constant wrapping. they just want to go up. and climbing a latter all the time will get old.

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Old 04-12-2010, 09:47 AM   #4
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Ahhh... Some good points to think about.... What about at a 45* angle from ground to roof of garage?

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Old 04-12-2010, 12:00 PM   #5
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i plan on growing my hops horizontal. will be the first year growing hops so ill see how much of a pain it is. I dont want to have a 25ft structure in my backyard so this is my next best bet. Would growing from 1ft off the ground to 5ft over a span of 25 ft be enough angle for it to climb?

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i plan on growing my hops horizontal. will be the first year growing hops so ill see how much of a pain it is. I dont want to have a 25ft structure in my backyard so this is my next best bet. Would growing from 1ft off the ground to 5ft over a span of 25 ft be enough angle for it to climb?
I too would like to know if growing them up to 5 feet and then going horizontal over 20-25 feet, with retraining, is possible. I'll be a first time grower, if that matters.
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Old 05-04-2010, 03:44 PM   #8
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I did this last year with some first year Mt. Hood and Cascades. I grew them up 6' trellis then train them horizontally along the top of my privacy fence. They continued to grow all through the season and did require me to wrap them back around the twine every couple days.

These are pictures from this season already.

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You can train it to go in just about any direction you want, but it is a lot of work if it is not "up". Some test plots and studies also showed yield was reduced significantly by this method as sidearm and cone formation on sections not oriented vertically were reduced.

However, people have had varying degrees of success based on what I have seen posted on forums and such.

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Those look awesome. Thanks for keeping me enthused about growing some of my favorite varieties.

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