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Old 04-21-2010, 12:42 AM   #1
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Default Hop bushes.

Is there a way to maiximize hop growth while shortening them into a bush rather than one long vine?

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Old 04-21-2010, 02:05 AM   #2
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I would say no...

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if there was, i'm sure that the thousands of acres under production in the world would be onto it by now. some folks are down to about 10 feet trellis with 'dwarf' hops but i've not heard of anything less than that.

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No, they need to keep growing up. If you leave them on the ground or cut the tip so they get bushy, they won't produce cones. Sorry, that's mother nature for you.

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No, they need to keep growing up. If you leave them on the ground or cut the tip so they get bushy, they won't produce cones. Sorry, that's mother nature for you.
Really, I was not aware of that, they wont produce cones at all if you cut them?

Why is that?
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I'm afraid I can't tell you the exact plant physiology that goes on, but I could find out if you really want to know. And I shouldn't say never. I have seen some bines that were on the ground produce cones, but they were on a crown that had some bines growing up.

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Very well, I would just assume that like any other flowering plant, that if you were to cut it, it would then branch out...etc.

I know nothing about hops growing, other than I am interested in trying to get a couple going in my tiny backyard, however, I don't have 18' of vertical space that I can utilize w/o getting my neighbors panties in a bunch!

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I don't have 18' of vertical space that I can utilize w/o getting my neighbors panties in a bunch!
Well, if you clear it with the village that's nobody's problem except your neighbor's.

Mine didn't like my trellis either, but seeing as how it's not on her property and is within code, that's not my problem.
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One approach is to put eyebolts as high as you can, then run your twine through the bolt and back down. As the bine grows, lower the twine.

Yes, cutting the tip means no hops or very few. Most varieties produce cones on sidearms at the end of the bine only and if the bine is too short, no cones. I've had deer bite off tips and I've had bines that didn't grown long enough.

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Thanks for the information, I can proabably get them up as high as 10' maybe a bit further, but I live in a small single story home, and I am limited to placing some eyebolts as high as the facia boards on the house

Would it be a problem to grow them at an angle?

For instance, if I were to run the twine from the ground level ~10' from the house to the facia ~10' vertically forming a right triangle where the twine would be the hypotenuse, any issues with that? That would give me a little more length.

Or even a laundry line where the bines could grow vertically, then horizontally to the facia?

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