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Old 06-21-2010, 05:30 PM   #1
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Default Snapped the tip of the plant...am I doomed?

I noticed yesterday that the bine on one of my plants (1st year) "untrained" itself and was not crawling upward. In my effort to untangle and retrain it, I snapped the tip of it by mistake...about 3 inches.

I've read that it's not good to snip the tops, so am I screwed? Will my plant recover and grow like it has been? Right now it's about 12 feet tall...well, 11 feet 9 inches

Thanks in advance!

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Old 06-21-2010, 06:08 PM   #2
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Sometimes a side shoot will develop that takes over as the primary bine, but even without that, you should see cones on the sidearms.

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Old 06-21-2010, 06:40 PM   #3
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I have a similar problem with my first year Mt. Hoods. I was told that 2 shoots may start growing off from the snap, and one will become the dominant one, and you can just trim the other.

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Old 06-22-2010, 04:02 PM   #4
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Thanks for the support guys. I'm not expecting much from the first year hops, but would like to get at least a handful of some fresh Hallertau!

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Old 06-22-2010, 04:24 PM   #5
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I can't help but to chuckle a bit when I see these threads.

This plant is extremely vigorous and consider invasive for a reason. That reason is because it can overcome many obstacles. Mine 13 plants have seen all manner of weather and infestations and always manage to spring back with a voracious appetite for survival.

Just about the only thing I have heard that can obliterate a hop is a viral infection. And even then, they still try.

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Old 06-22-2010, 05:49 PM   #6
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I just wanted to ask again since I saw somebody once made it sound like cutting the top off of a bine would trigger Armageddon . I figured hops were just like any other plant and would adjust.

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Old 06-22-2010, 06:18 PM   #7
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Hopfarmer's hop yard suffered allot of damage from a hale storm last week. The consensus from other commercial hop growers was, they will recover and do well.

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f92/hail...plants-182194/

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Old 06-22-2010, 08:23 PM   #8
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Yeah I saw that...that's some crazy hail!!!

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i almost started the exact same thread. I'm still working on my permanent struture and thought i could untwine the lead bine. broke about three inches off the tip...

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I've noticed that once the leading tip breaks off they stop growing.

As mentioned earlier, some side shoots may take over and grow northward.

This can also be seen as a way to control how high they grow.

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