Originally Posted by stpug
First off, let me just say.... J-E-A-L-O-U-S!!!!
(after wiping up my drool)
I've got a question. Do you whack your bines back to ground level every year or do you leave them decorating your trellises? I whack back to ground every year but had wondered about them rebudding from existing bines in following years.
I know, he's HOT considering he's going to be 60 years old soon. I'll tell him of your drooling- he'll be flattered.
I'll eventually cut them down, more or less. They will not rebud from the existing bines, but they'll send up new bines from the soil.
We have hops everywhere- up the green house, across a fence, up a telephone pole, etc- and even if I don't cut them all down and properly mulch, they do fine. They'll die back all the way to the (frozen) ground and start up fresh in the spring. It's probably not a good way to care for hops, but they seem to grow like weeds and are quite invasive (coming up under the deck Bob is standing on, among other places) and we've never had to do anything to encourage them!