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Old 06-02-2012, 11:07 PM   #1
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My hops have already topped my 16' trellis. Should i snip the lead runners to produce a bushier plant with more flowers or let them run amuck?

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Old 06-02-2012, 11:13 PM   #2
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More flowers = more hops IMO

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Makes sense it would work that way. I hve 16 plants and each has 3-4 good bines trained so i should get a nice bunch of flowers this year!

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I'm voting for running amok. (I worked with a guy from Australia and that's how they spell it - just me, don't worry). You'll have a bird's-nest at the top but you'll most likely have some more cones that way. Ever been to Bert's Better Beers in Hookset? He's got some good stuff. Happy Growing!

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Let 'em go, when they realize they've run out of twine to grow up they'll soon shift gears anyway.

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Well since i have a good nomber of plants i decided to try both methods. Top a couple and let the others run amok;-)
B-hoppy i have heard good things from my neighbor about Berts. Since it sounds like you are in my area have you checked out Candia Rd Brewing Co.?

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Well since i have a good nomber of plants i decided to try both methods. Top a couple and let the others run amok;-)
B-hoppy i have heard good things from my neighbor about Berts. Since it sounds like you are in my area have you checked out Candia Rd Brewing Co.?
Tipping a plant eliminates the hormone that restricts side shoot growth. You will probably see faster branching on the tipped ones.
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Tipping a plant eliminates the hormone that restricts side shoot growth. You will probably see faster branching on the tipped ones.
I always have had good luck doing this.
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I top my plants as well. I have a 12 foot trellis and prune them once they reach the top. As stated above, the lateral shoots will be stimulated by this and go crazy. I've done it both ways, and I don't think pruning will increase your harvest, but it won't really decrease it either. The only reason I do it is to make the plant more bushy so that more moisture gets trapped around the leaves. I have an easier time fighting off the spider mites this way. They can be a real nuisance for me come July and August.

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Well since i have a good nomber of plants i decided to try both methods. Top a couple and let the others run amok;-)
B-hoppy i have heard good things from my neighbor about Berts. Since it sounds like you are in my area have you checked out Candia Rd Brewing Co.?
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