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Old 02-21-2013, 01:38 PM   #1
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i wanted to see what you all used for your hop trellis materials.. i am in the process of designing mine and am at the point of what material to use..

do you reuse the same material each year? or is it easier to just throw it out and use new material?

what is the best type of either permanent (reusable) material and what is the best type of disposable material if i am looking at about a vertical run of 18 feet?

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I use heavy nylon rope for my suspension lines between poles, and coir twine for my drops.

It all gets re-used - this will be the third season for both the nylon rope and the coir drops. As long as you keep the bottom ends out of the earth coir is remarkably durable, and it's the best stuff for the bines...

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My first year last year I used a plastic covered metal line for the overhead trellis and some free jute twine for the hops to grab to. Worked fine and I'll just get new twine this year. I think I maybe had to retie once after either a dog getting caught in the rope and breaking it or a strong windstorm.

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Thin 1/8" nylon rope for me (on 3rd season). I added an eye hook 22' up a sparse leaved Oak Tree. You need to have roughly double the 22' for each length so you can lower them to the ground to harvest. Works awesome!

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I use sisal - 3/8 inch i believe - and dispose of it every year along with the remnants of the bine.

I also use white plastic trellis material in my front yard and wooden trellis material in the back, both stay up year round.

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I have always just used jute twine. But I use new pieces every year. It's super cheap and works fine.

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I don't know if its a good idea or not? I plan on growing my hops in a green house aka hoop house. Plant at base of the hoops and run some twine towards the top of green house on the inside. It's my first year. Any suggestions?

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This is what I used in my first year. They bines got to the top then stopped. This year i will run string from the top of the pole to my gazebo is it looks like it will grow farther. The twine I used is from compost safe so after i cut it down I threw it in compost.
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This is what I used in my first year. They bines got to the top then stopped. This year i will run string from the top of the pole to my gazebo is it looks like it will grow farther. The twine I used is from compost safe so after i cut it down I threw it in compost.
Thanks! I'll see what happens!
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I actually use some 3/8" oilfield wireline for the top rail. I found a 1000' roll of electrical fence on closeout for around $10. It is stainless wire braided into a UV resistant plastic rope. It's been up for 3 years now, and even numbnuts(me) using a weedwhacker can't break it.

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