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Old 05-17-2013, 09:12 PM   #11
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I see that. Yeah, some of these hop gardens are like impenetrable walls of vegetation.

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This aint looking too well.

For one, something is eating it. I suspect snails or slugs. Okay, little bastards. You want beer stuff? I got some nice big bowls of it. Drink til you drown.

For two, I overestimated how much sun this spot gets. Well, this one spot. Good news is, just a foot or so from here, and in the direction I'm training, is more sun. LST may pay off yet. I can train to the sun.

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Another week and things are looking better. I've now two weighted ends, though it's not from the LST. It's what has sprouted from the crown. Looking at other grows, I'm sure that would've happened anyway.

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Another week. This aint working out. First year hops. Less than ideal light, but more than I thought when I thought it wasn't enough. Maybe hops don't grow this way. I've LST other things and there was tons of growth along the horizontals by now.

I also found a thread here where someone let them grow up and then trained them horizontal. Good looking plant, but not like I had imagined.

Oh well. I put up some trellis and turned the tips toward them. I'll try again next year with better established hops.

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I think you'll find that the only way to get more lateral growth is to prune off the growing tip. Probably because this is a vine and can be trained horizontally. I didn't realize you were trying to get shoots to grow from all the auxillary buds. I grow on fences and the growth patern doesn't change when you train them horizontally. Pruning off the growing tip does the trick though. I have a trellis that is 12' high and sometimes I prune those plants so that I don't have to manually train the bines once they reach the top. Also makes a bushier plant which traps more moisture and helps keep the spider mites at bay (mites are terrible around here).

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Only one way to find out. Good luck.

However, I'm leaving mine to grow UP. I already have a problem with slugs chewing the tips off(bastards). Plus some people have powdery mildew problems. I like mine to air out. Not to mention the extra sq footage growing horizontally requires.

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Not to mention the extra sq footage growing horizontally requires.
That why chain link fences work out nice. Wasted space. Just add hops.....
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They're baaaaa-aaack!

Year two. I should get some action. This year, I intend to train only one bine horizontal.

Time to mix up some org fert and water.

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Week two.

Temps got down to the teens in the past week. I had the hops covered with dead leaves and grass.

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Week 3.

No training, yet. We got to mid 30s again, but it's been mostly cool to warm. A little rain. I watered with some Garrett Juice.

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