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Old 03-10-2013, 04:51 AM   #51
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Hey gents,
I planted all my Rhizomes last May and had great results for the first year. This is my first spring and I have them coming up like crazy. I've heard many people say that one should trim back the first that come up. Any suggestions? I've got two rhizomes per mound and anywhere from 4-15 shoots that are almost a foot tall. Thanks

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Same here....Waiting for advice.


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Can I grow if I have dogs in the yard

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Yes.

Just keep the dogs away from your plants.
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i have a dog, she chews and eats everything under the sun it seems. she has shown zero interest in my hop plants. she spends all day in the backyard where i have my cascade and centennial. over the past year i've had 3 different dogs over for play-dates, none of them paid any attention to the hops (except maybe peeing on them). i have 2-foot chicken wire around the plants mostly to protect from the lawnmower and from being stepped on.

there is a lot of disagreement over how dangerous hops are. based on what i've read, it's a lot like peanut allergies with kids: rare, but deadly when it happens. i believe that only stalky, muscley breeds are affected, and even then they need to have a genetic predisposition. i've also read that it's the boiled, isomerized hops that are deadly - not the raw plants. there are a ton of threads on here with people who's experience or opinions don't match mine, so read up before making your own decisions.
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Hey gents,
I planted all my Rhizomes last May and had great results for the first year. This is my first spring and I have them coming up like crazy. I've heard many people say that one should trim back the first that come up. Any suggestions? I've got two rhizomes per mound and anywhere from 4-15 shoots that are almost a foot tall. Thanks
another topic with a lot of confusing information and disagreement. it's important for commercial farmers to cut the first growth because they want plants that are all the same size and all ready to harvest at the time time. in large monoculture fields, it also helps with disease control.

it's very unclear, as far as i can tell, if home growers should cut their first growth. we don't need uniformity among plants, since we typically only have 1 of each type of plant (and if you have more than one, does it really matter to you if columbus #1 needs to be harvest one week and columbus #2 is ready the next?). i am not cutting back the first growth on any of my plants... i don't see any advantage to doing it.

one thing you will want to do with second year plants is to eventually trim back the bines and keep only 4-6 of the healthiest per plant.
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There are lots of "reasons" to cut the first flush but reading the literature doesn't support any of them expect exactly what you have pointed out...uniformity and disease control.

For homebrewers, it would makes sense if your hops are popping up too early in the year. The other reason to cut them is they are real tasty.

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i have 2-foot chicken wire around the plants mostly to protect from the lawnmower and from being stepped on.

there is a lot of disagreement over how dangerous hops are.
I'm mostly interested in protecting my plants... my dog has sniffed all around them and even sniffed crushed up cones (in my hand) and has shown zero interest.

It's the green beans we need to keep her out of... she'll eat an entire harvest in an afternoon.. not the plants, but the beans.. that crazy mutt loves her some green beans.. lol
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For homebrewers, it would makes sense if your hops are popping up too early in the year.
interesting. can you elaborate on what you mean by "popping up too early"? do you mean before the risk of frost has past? or is there any other reason to delay the bines?

my newport is 6 feet tall already.
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