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Old 06-22-2010, 06:14 PM   #1
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Default Reached top of trellis, now what?

My first year hops plants have all reached the top of the trellis. Should I just let the main bines continue to grow (they are reaching for the sky about a foot above the top of line), or should I cut the tip off to try to encourage sidearm development?
I am just trying to get as bushy of a plant as possible to build a strong root system. I am not concerned too much with cone production this year.

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Just leave them alone. The tip will eventually curl down. Gravity has that way with them.

IUf you truly are not concerned about cones this year then don;t worry about them. Just check them every day/every other day for pests and water them regularly.

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My first year plants also have also met the top of my twine, all at 12+ feet, but I would like to get some type of harvest this year. Should I just leave them grow on their own or do I need to do some trimming??

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My first year Cascade hops are about to reach the top of my 15ft trellis. But my Fuggles and Nugget are till struggling at 5ft. I too am hoping for a small harvest this year but I'm not going to hold my breathe right now.

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My first year Cascade hops are about to reach the top of my 15ft trellis. But my Fuggles and Nugget are till struggling at 5ft. I too am hoping for a small harvest this year but I'm not going to hold my breathe right now.
I would not compare different types of hops as different types grow at different rates and produce different yields.

I have 4 2nd year hops that are 22' tall and I cut down when they were about 8' tall and let them regrow.
I have 14 1st year hops. The tallest is about 20' tall, the shortest is about 6".
Some take off, some don't. The one's that don't will be a stronger plant next year. Patient.
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My first year plants also have also met the top of my twine, all at 12+ feet, but I would like to get some type of harvest this year. Should I just leave them grow on their own or do I need to do some trimming??
Leave them alone.
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