Originally Posted by BWN
I see in your first few pics you had them go up then grow horizontally. Did that seem to work ok? I am planting for the first time but am hesitant about putting up a huge tower in my backyard.
It worked ok but it took a lot of training and I could tell that growth slowed a bit. They want to go up, straight up and will try to do so no matter what. I'd say the steeper angle in your rope the better.
Check out Gridlocked's "Hop project" thread, he's been growing a Chinook plant along a chain link fence for the past few seasons with good results. He stays on top of it and trains the bines back down constantly but it produces very well. You can also see his hop garden in Brewing TV's episode 44 -http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lfR7MUxhwQE