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Old 07-29-2012, 12:46 AM   #1
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I am a first year hop grower and am curious as to whether or not I should trim the side chutes that are growing off of my Magnum and Cascade plants. Can somebody enlighten me on this pleeeease?

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Old 07-29-2012, 01:41 AM   #2
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No don't do it! You want them. Unless they are close to a different strain.

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Old 07-29-2012, 02:05 AM   #3
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Are the side chutes where all of the cones come from??

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Old 07-29-2012, 02:55 AM   #4
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Right on! Those are called laterals/sidearms if we're talking about the same thing. They look like branches coming off of the main vine at the leaf nodes. They grow outward and eventually put out burrs which will turn into the hops. Don't cut 'em.

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thank ya much!

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What about side off shoots near the base of the main vines? cut or leave alone?

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Old 07-31-2012, 10:59 PM   #7
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I like to keep the first 3 ft or so of the bines clean. Makes it easier to weed.

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