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Old 05-04-2009, 03:31 PM   #1
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The thread on metal wire got me thinking...

So my 2nd year hops are growing and i tied them up with some polypropylene string. They are climbing nicely, but I'm wondering how 'heavy' a twine I really should be using. Does anyone use this? Will it hold up to the elements ok?

If I need to change this, I suppose I should do it sooner than later.
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Old 05-04-2009, 04:35 PM   #2
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I am of the opinion that, unless you have a big operation, people should just spend the extra $5 or so and use nylon rope. You know it will be strong enough, the hops can grab on very good and you can use it again in future seasons.
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Old 05-04-2009, 05:11 PM   #3
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Polypropolene baling twine works good and it is dirt cheap. I've also used mason's twine. No big deal if I have to replace it every two or three years.
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Old 05-04-2009, 07:12 PM   #4
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I double up Sisal baling twine and have not had a problem. The baling twine is basically free for me as my dad buys nearly a pallet of the twine every year. My 8 strings barely makes a dent in a single ball of twine.

I prefer to use disposable twine so i can just cut it down and harvest it on the ground. Then I can compost the entire bine and twine. Trying to remove the bines from the rope is a pain.

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I double up Sisal baling twine and have not had a problem. The baling twine is basically free for me as my dad buys nearly a pallet of the twine every year. My 8 strings barely makes a dent in a single ball of twine.

I prefer to use disposable twine so i can just cut it down and harvest it on the ground. Then I can compost the entire bine and twine. Trying to remove the bines from the rope is a pain.

Craig

From what I read you should not cut it down at harvest. Leave the bines up so that the root system can still grow even after harvest. It will make for a healthier hop bine overall.
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From what I read you should not cut it down at harvest. Leave the bines up so that the root system can still grow even after harvest. It will make for a healthier hop bine overall.
So, every commercialized operation in the world has unhealthy hop bines?

Gotcha!

It is better for the root system to let it soak up as much sun as possible post harvest but, cutting the bines will not make your plant any less healthy in the following years.

As to the hop twine. I like cheap and easy. The first year I used Sisal. It was cheap, available locally, and disposable (compostable). This year, for some reason, I opted to use teh coir rope that I have and let me tell ya, never again, it has waaaay too much "wet stretch" to it. When the sun is out the lines look perfect but, after a few minutes of rain or a day of high humididty, these lines stretch an easy 6 inches causing everything to sag.

 
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So, every commercialized operation in the world has unhealthy hop bines?

Gotcha!
wow...nice positive spin on that d-bag
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what's the tensile strength necessary?

 
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wow...nice positive spin on that d-bag
So, I am the "d-bag" but you are just wrong? Is this how you always handle being called out?

 
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name one thing wrong with what I said...

Sorry about the "d-bag". that was uncalled for
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