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Old 02-20-2010, 04:28 PM   #1
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Default How to grow hops on the fence!

I've read the stickys, but there hasn't been much talk about growing hops on the fence. I'm wondering if I could just screw in some eye bolts and thread a rope through the bolts that the vine could grow on. I know hops can grow horizontally, but has anyone attempted this?

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Old 02-20-2010, 04:33 PM   #2
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These were first year hops. They grow much bigger and bushier now and cover the whole fence. It works fine if the fence is getting good sun. You just have to spend 5 minutes a day training them to where you want them to grow. Oh yes, and the missus actually LIKES them!

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Those are huge. My first year hops grew like a foot. Though I didn't do anything besides plant them.

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These were first year hops. They grow much bigger and bushier now and cover the whole fence. It works fine if the fence is getting good sun. You just have to spend 5 minutes a day training them to where you want them to grow. Oh yes, and the missus actually LIKES them!

Hey Gnome long time no talk. That's sweet man. So are those rigged up using eye bolts and rope like I was saying in the OP? On training them, did you just wrap them around the lower rope at first and then eventually wrap them around the upper ropes? Help a brother out. I wish you lived closer to Houston so we could hit my kegerator all day while you did this in my back yard.

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Mine grew like crazy all over the freaking side of the house.

ONLY THE PARTS OF THE BINES 7 FT OFF OF THE GROUND OR
HIGHER SEEMED TO PRODUCE.

I'm not saying that hops can sense the distance from the ground....but can they?

Maybe it is only that the first 10 ft or so of the bine does not produce.

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Hey Gnome long time no talk. That's sweet man. So are those rigged up using eye bolts and rope like I was saying in the OP? On training them, did you just wrap them around the lower rope at first and then eventually wrap them around the upper ropes? Help a brother out. I wish you lived closer to Houston so we could hit my kegerator all day while you did this in my back yard.

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Eye bolts and rope would be better!

I just used nails and twine. When I take it down I take the whole lot down, plants, and twine together and put it out for yard pick up. I will update it one day though if I can ever get off my ass with it. I'm an ugly junk addict!

Training them? I let them grow up to about halfway, then train them sideways and up to the top. I reserve the lower twines for training dangly offshoots.
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2nd year hop grower here. I've grown my vertically (they like vertical) and I had hops along the full bine. Never heard of people only getting hops after 7'. I have no idea why that happened. Do you have deer? Maybe some'one' ate your crop?

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I grow mine horizontal on rope over my veggie rows and it works good. lower lines make it easy to pick them. no ladders. and they will over grow anything you put them next to.

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Training them? I let them grow up to about halfway, then train them sideways and up to the top. I reserve the lower twines for training dangly offshoots.
Hmm, so did you just plant them near the fence and they began growing up the fence by themselves? How exactly do you train them?

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that's awesome I've been toying with this idea since my only other alternative is to screw a i-bolt in to a wooden powerline pole I have in my future garden and run the line off that.
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