Originally Posted by HoppyDaze
I understand that only two or three bines should be growing up one string, but how many strings can I use for each plant? I have a willamette that is shooting up some seriously thick bines and it seems to be extremely healthy and seems like I should grow more than just two or three bines from it. Should I set up more ropes for this crown?
It depends on the size of the crown, IMO. You want to focus the energy of the plant into a few primary bines. The more bines, the more competition for water and nutrients from the root ball. I have seen reference to more bines = less overall production, but I don't have first hand experience with it. I haven't messed with the convention and go with 2-3 bines per string and 2 strings per crown, which is in line with commercial practices.