I'm an amateur gardener and home brewer, and I happened upon a cascade and a nugget plant from an acquaintance. I've done hours of reading on this forum and watched the videos and pictorials. It's great information.
I've got a question.
If a vine is allowed to grow to 8 feet, then you continually clip the top to keep it 'short and stocky', can you still get a decent yield?
I know this technique is used for other plants, such as "pinching runners" on tomatoes etc. It's a technique I've used for passiflora incarnata, a very climbey viney bastard, and the flower yield is still extremely high and the vines healthy.
Since hops are related to cannibis, I know growers say online that stocky plants are desirable, and they employ various techniques to keep them short and stocky as well.
Hops? Even if you don't clip them off at 8 feet, or 10 or "X", does anyone experiment with geometric training, where you let it shoot up 3 feet, then bring the rope down and over a foot, let it shoot back up another 3 feet, then bring the rope down and back the other way a foot, and so on, to a height of 8 -10 feet with over 20 feet of actual vine? Think of it as a backwards zig-zag pattern.
Ok, I guess this question is long enough. Discuss!